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Dana White thinks Ross Pearson was 'robbed' against Diego Sanchez

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UFC President Dana White (©GettyImages)
UFC President Dana White (©GettyImages).

The split-decision win for Diego Sanchez over Ross Pearson left near enough everyone scratching their head. It was a clear win for Pearson, who battered 'the Nightmare' for three rounds yet it was Sanchez who got his arm raised.

Some people have questioned the three judges favouring Sanchez due to him being an New Mexico native - the event was held in Albuquerque.

Since the fight at UFC Fight Night 42, it has been a question of who would receive the push up the rankings to fight the next level opponent. Despite us knowing who should get that push, it is ultimately down to UFC President Dana White.

Nonetheless, White has spoken out after he decision and he seems to agree with the rest of the MMA community, intending to treat the fight as a Pearson win. Speaking to ESPN, White said: "It was horrible. In the second round, Diego got dropped and one judge still gave him that round. Insanity, man.

"Pearson got robbed. Pearson won that fight clearly. He easily won that fight. We have to treat Pearson like he won and give him that next level fight.

"The thing about our sport is there's never any of that hometown advantage bulls***. Yeah, more people are going to be cheering for you than the other guy, but it's not like the judges are all from that town. Usually, athletic commissions pull the best from around the country. Whoever gave that fight all three rounds to Sanchez should never judge a fight again."

It is good to see that White is giving Pearson the push up the lightweight ladder. He has looked excellent since he moved back to lightweight, holding TKO wins over George Sotiropolous, Ryan Couture and battering Sanchez.

The winner of 'The Ultimate Fighter 10' has come into his own since he moved the Alliance gym in California where he trains with some of the best fighters in the world.

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