Dana White Believes MMA Judges Should Be Put In A Submission Before Judging
MMA Judges have oft been criticized in the MMA media, and Dana White believes the issue is that the current judges do not know Jiu Jitsu.
He thinks a simple prerequisite for being an MMA judge is to at least be put in a submission before placing fighter’s futures at the mercy of their ignorance of the grappling game.
“First of all, boxing judges refereeing mixed martial arts fight, who know nothing about it, no former mixed martial artists, I don’t think you should be judging or reffing a fight unless you’ve actually rolled and know what a submission feels like,” White said. “How about, knows what a submission is, first?”
White has made his opinions clear in the past, and when he believes a decision went the wrong way, he often blames the judges for making incorrect calls. Recently, he made his opinions known after UFC 167, when Georges St. Pierre retained his title after a controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks.
Many fans believe the UFC hires its own judges and referees, but White reiterated that this is not the case.
“One thing I wanted everyone to understand that night, I wanted to make it absolutely clear that in no way shape or form, we don’t have any input with the judges or referees. We don’t pick ‘em, we have nothing to do with them, it’s the complete opposite,” White said.
“Obviously, I was a little fired up on Saturday night, but I wanted to make it clear we have absolutely nothing over what the athletic commission does, which is, the government,” he added.