Dana White On Mousasi-Weidman Fight: Ref Made A Mistake

UFC 210 had plenty of drama leading up to Saturday’s pay-per-view event, and that continued when the fighters made their way into the cage.

In the co-main event between Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman, the fight came to an end after an illegal knee that turned out to be legal. After some confusion, Mousasi was given the victory.

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White weighed in on the situation and admitted that the ref made a mistake.

It wasn’t a mistake in saying that the knee was legal, but replay should not have been used under New York State Athletic Commission rules.

“The commission didn’t explain anything to me but basically, the referee made a mistake,” White said. “Weidman was in a very unfortunate position where he was told he has five minutes so he’s laying on the ground and at the end the doctor say, ‘I can’t let this guy continue.’

“Here’s the thing: you gotta be on your toes and you gotta be ready to go. Many times, even in great states like Nevada, not only are you battling your opponent, you’re battling the ref and the judges and anybody else who has any type of power in the fight. If you ask yourself if Weidman could have come back from that… He said, ‘I’d been in worse positions than that’ but it looked like he was in a real bad position right there and that’s the way the fight was going to go, but who knows?”

It was an unfortunate situation and it is easy to understand why Weidman is upset, but ultimately the correct decision was made and the deserving fighter got the win.

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