Dana White says he thought Bobby Green’s TKO kick ‘was a clean shot’
“I thought it was a clean shot,” UFC President Dana White said of Bobby Green’s kick (shown above) that ended his UFC Fight for the Troops 3 fight against James Krause Wednesday night. “I think that shot was more body that hurt him than the actual cup… but I didn’t get kicked either.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
In what will be remembered as one of the more controversial ends to a fight this year, Bobby Green defeated James Krause at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 by way of a TKO from a kick to the body. Krause, who had already received two kicks to the groin from Green inside the first few minutes, argued that the kick was the third to have hit him low, but referee John McCarthy ruled that the kick was legal.
McCarthy’s call was received with criticism from Krause, confusion from commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, and dissatisfaction from the crowd in attendance. But at least two people agreed with McCarthy’s call at the time of the kick – Bobby Green had immediately pointed to Green when his opponent fell from the last kick, saying that it was legal; and UFC President Dana White later stated that he thought it was a kick to the body.
“I thought it was a clean shot,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “The first two were definitely low. That other one was right on the border. I heard Joe [Rogan] saying the foot hit the cup, it hit the top of the cup. Who knows? I thought it was right on the border. I think that shot was more body that hurt him than the actual cup.”
Of course, White did conclude by adding, “but I didn’t get kicked either.”
The fight improved Bobby Green to a 21-5 record with a perfect 2-0 record inside the UFC. Krause, on the other hand, broke his 8-fight winning streak which included his UFC debut against Sam Stout back in June. His overall record is now 20-5, and his UFC record is 1-1.
Green offered a rematch after the fight, apologizing to the crowd and saying he didn’t want the fight to end like that.