White refuses to give verdict on UFC 150 main event
MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White does not want to add to the brewing controversy regarding the main event of UFC 150 last Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The main event saw Benson Henderson retain the UFC lightweight championship when he beat former beltholder Frankie Edgar via a razor-thin split decision.
Henderson also edged Edgar in their first bout at UFC 144 in February, at that time winning via unanimous decision to claim the lightweight belt.
“Ben Henderson has won twice, the judges have given him the decision both times. I’m not gonna go out there and give my decision that doesn’t matter anyway,” White said in an interview with MMA Fighting.
When told that most of the media covering the fight had Edgar winning, White said, “Well, it doesn’t matter what you guys think either.”
White reiterated his mantra: “Don’t leave it at the hands of the judges.”
“If you leave it at the hands of the judges, one of you is going to be bummed out at the press conference,” he said.
White has not been shy about giving his opinion regarding fight results before; in the first Henderson-Edgar fight, he added to the controversy by saying that he believed Edgar won.
“I’m not a judge and my opinion doesn’t matter, but I had it even going into the last round and I gave the last round to Frankie,” White said at the time.
But even then, he emphasized that “it was a close fight and a hard fight to score.”
The UFC boss now refuses to give his verdict, saying that the judges’ opinion was the only one that mattered.
White also told MMA Fighting that he will not try to convince Edgar to move to the featherweight division, as many pundits believe he should.
Edgar is small for a lightweight but makes up for it with an iron chin and impressive boxing.
“If Frankie Edgar wants to say at 155, he’s earned that right, he deserves that right and he can do whatever the hell that he wants,” White said.