Dana White has denounced Ross Pearson's controversial loss to Diego Sanchez and says that he will book Pearson's next fight as if he won.
The British lightweight suffered a confusing split decision loss when he had been out-striking and dominating his opponent, including knocking Sanchez down in the second round.
Despite that knock down, one judge gave the round to Sanchez still. The final scores were 30-27, 29-28 and 27-30, in favour of Sanchez - something White labelled 'ridiculous':
"It was horrible," White told ESPN.com.
"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."
White also ruled out any chance of a remake between the two, which for most fans and media will be the correct decision as Pearson appeared to have won the three rounds convincingly.
Although White is trying to sweep the issue under the carpet, there's still the result of Pearson's appeal to the New Mexico Athletic Commission (NMAC), as well as reports from one respected journalist that he was tipped off about Sanchez winning.
Ariel Helwani said on his show, The MMA Hour, that one 'MMA insider' had told him that Sanchez, the underdog, would win 100% and to back the decision result.
So far the NMAC have refused to comment on Pearson's appeal because it was lodged too late to be considered for their meeting this week and will instead be heard at their next meeting, which is currently unknown.
It's unlikely that Pearson's result will be overturned by the commission, unless some score-fixing or judging mistake is found, so the decision by the UFC to consider it as win for Pearson is the best that he'll get.
With the UFC seeing it that way, it's also likely that Pearson got paid as if he'd won, so he can enjoy the win bonus as well.
The issue is out of the way for now but the controversy never stops in MMA and now White is having to deal with Chael Sonnen's failed drugs test, as well as preparing for this weekend's UFC 174.
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