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Dana White Critical Of Officials, Says They Are “Gonna Kill Combat Sports’

UFC president Dana White was in no mood to discuss much of anything after UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao Saturday night.

About the only topic that White really wanted to talk about concerned officials, and his lack of acceptance with what has been going on from the third man inside the Octagon as of late.

“Officiating these days is gonna kill combat sports,” said White, during the post-fight show on FUEL TV. “We are talking about experienced (refs) doing this for a long time. It’s not just MMA, boxing too (is having issues with officials).”

White talked about what went down in the Cheick Kongo-Shawn Jordan match. Referee Yves Lavigne, according to White, failed to force the action between the two heavyweights. Instead, they clinched time and time again, drawing several rounds of booing from the fans.

“The reffing in that fight was disgusting,” White said. “This isn’t the Ultimate Clinching Championship. It’s the refs job to make them fight. That entire third round, Yves Lavigne let them clinch against the fence.”

In regards to the continued displeasure by the Calgary, Alberta, Canada crowd following the main event between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao, White believed the booing wouldn’t have been so loud had the under card delivered.

Photo credit: Dana White/Twitter

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