The UFC Noche event caused some surprising results in the world of fighting. Additionally, the event has been surrounded by controversy due to the main event flyweight title match between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko being declared a split draw by the judges. As a result, the current Mexican flyweight champion has kept her title, while ‘Bullet’ is disappointed over missing her chance to win the title.
After staying quiet about the situation, UFC’s CEO Dana White has now addressed the controversy surrounding this event. At a recent press conference, White took the opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings. He also mentioned the possibility of a rematch between ‘Bullet’ and Grasso. So, what exactly did the UFC boss say? Let’s listen to his words directly from the top gun of UFC.
Dana White clarifies the decision made regarding the UFC Noche flyweight title clash.
Dana White is clearly dissatisfied with the judging in Noche UFC’s headliner bout. Though the UFC head honcho was on vacation at the time of the event – he still tuned in to watch the tantalizing rematch between Grasso and ‘Bullet’.
He was very direct in his criticism of the judges’ scoring, stating “I can’t believe one judge gave a 10-8 score. This is absolutely insane and warrants an investigation!” He made these comments during the press conference for Tuesday’s Contender Series.
Dana White was stunned by a judges scorecard, and says the UFC will look to book a rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko. pic.twitter.com/r4fAvapMz2
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He proceeded to express his worry about these choices, saying, “There is a seminar scheduled for tomorrow with the Nevada Athletic Commission on the topic of 10-8s. Hopefully, this can be resolved. It’s especially important given the high stakes involved in a title fight.”
“The MMA community was abuzz as Valentina Shevchenko questioned the split draw between her and champion Alexa Grasso at UFC Fight Night.”
Furthermore, he addressed the controversy surrounding Judge Mike Bell, who is now widely known for his decision that resulted in a split draw. He shared his thoughts on Bell, stating, “They have assured me that Mike Bell is not a malicious person. He simply made a mistake. It’s unfortunate and there is absolutely no way that round was a 10-8.”
White suggests a possible rematch between Grasso and Shevchenko.
During his press conference, Dana White expressed his strong belief that a rematch between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso is the most sensible decision. White acknowledged that Valentina may need to undergo surgery for her injuries from the previous fight, which could affect her ability to participate in a rematch.
However, White maintained his position, stating that a rematch was necessary. He emphasized, “They must have a rematch. We will have a rematch with them. It is the appropriate course of action. This fight must take place.”
According to reports from ‘Bullet’s team, she will have to have surgery for her ‘comminuted fracture.’ This could potentially prevent her from participating in full-contact sparring for three months. However, White’s persistence in having a rematch shows his dedication to providing the most exciting fights for fans and ensuring that championship matches are definitively settled in the Octagon. Similarly, his resolve to address the controversy surrounding the first decision demonstrates his commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport.
Basically, Dana White’s statements demonstrate his strong dedication to the sport. He emphasizes the importance of fair judging and is determined to give fighters the recognition they deserve. What is your reaction to the UFC leader’s comments? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
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Dana White, CEO of UFC, has stated that a rematch for the flyweight title between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso is the appropriate course of action, following a controversial post by White stating “He Just F***ed Up…” on EssentiallySports.