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It’s no secret that UFC President, Dana White, has had his fair share of disagreements with referees in MMA over the years.
Most notably White had many strong words for former referee Steve Mazzagatti over the years. Whenever Mazzagatti made any mistakes you could be guaranteed a rant from Dana White in the post-fight media scrums.
It appears that White may be mellowing out in his old age as he started taking shots at Jason Herzog at the UFC 246 post-fight press conference but then held himself back. White criticised Herzog for allowing Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington to stay in the clinch for too long and not separating the fighters.
“If you are not doing damage or advancing your position, you split the fighters up and make them actually fight. And I like this guy, I don’t want to bum this guy out, but he’s running around the octagon, I’m like what fucking fight is he watching? He’s moving around like he’s trying to stay out of the way, like there’s a fucking war going on or something, and these guys are leaning up against the fence for four minutes. Are you shitting me right now? I literally almost got up and walked out of that fight, I was so frustrated.
But anyway, I’ve shit on enough referees in my day. Seems like a nice guy, I’m too old to be fucking doing this shit anymore, tearing these guys apart. He’s a nice guy and I don’t mean to whatever, but you saw the fight. You know what I’m talking about.”
White did actually praise Holm for her performance in the bout though but said that Pennington should have let her hands go more.
“She looked good tonight. Her and Raquel fought to a split decision last time, and Raquel’s tough. Raquel punches hard, I mean look at the fight between her and Amanda Nunes, that was a war between two tough girls.
The problem with Raquel, and I said this to her a million times, she will not let her hands go. She’s got hands. She doesn’t let them go.”