UFC president Dana White has finally shared his thoughts on open scoring in Mixed Martial Arts. The concept of open scoring has been talked about in the MMA sphere after controversial judges scorecards.
While many people are in favour of open scoring in MMA, Dana White isn’t.
Dana White on open scoring
Speaking with Laura Sanka in an ESPN+ live session, he gave his full thoughts on this topic.
“When we do the fights I have an idea of who I think won or lost or whatever, but when I’m standing there with the belt, I don’t know what Bruce Buffer is going to say,” Dana White said told Laura Sanko (via MMA Junkie). “He doesn’t tell me anything. The judges tell him, the commission do their thing, they tell him and I’m standing there waiting to hear too so I’m just as blown away as the fans are. And I agree with you, it completely takes away the anticipation of who won the fight.
“If a guy knows that he’s up two rounds and you’re a professional fighter, you can absolutely stay away from a guy for an entire round and make the fight completely horrible,” White added. “If you already know you’ve got two rounds in the bag, guarantee if you saw your score up there, all I have to do is stay away from this guy for the next five minutes. That makes for a lot of bad third rounds,” Dana White said.
“Its never going to be perfect,” White concluded. “There are always going to be fights that absolutely drive you insane and piss you off, blow your bets, there will always be all these other things that go with the fight business. At the end of the day, watching the fight and waiting for the results are fun.”
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