The UFC head honcho Dana White believes the judges blew the decision in the bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.
Stunning moment happened during UFC 273 co main event when the underdog Aljamain Sterling was announced as the victor via a split decision. This result caused a controversy because many fans think that Petr Yan had the advantage in spite of Sterling mounting his back for the majority of rounds 2 and 3.UFC president Dana White also had his scorecard different from the judges.
During the UFC 273 post-fight press conference, Dana White revealed that he had Yan in the lead according to his own scorecard. He thought the judges made a mistake.
“I thought the judges blew that one. I had it 3-2 [for Yan]. I don’t know how you guys scored it. It’s all in however you score that first round. That fight will be there, Petr Yan is one of the baddest dudes in that division, [but] you probably do the T.J. fight.” White said.
This result left many MMA fans disappointed and conflicted. In their first clash, last year, Petr Yan delivered an illegal knee to Sterling who was grounded. Sterling was unable to continue and won the title via disqualification. Many UFC fans hate Aljamain Sterling for his DQ title victory.
However, many would also agree that Petr Yan showed a different side of himself compared to his first outing against Sterling. Unlike the last time where Yan manage to dominate Sterling the entire 4 rounds, this time was close. Some fans also linked this to a theory that says a UFC champion can’t be defeated via decision.
Dana White is also expecting a trilogy from Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling who are now 1-1. But, their third fight has to wait as TJ Dillashaw is next in line to get his title shot against Sterling.
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