When the scorecards were read following the Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson UFC flyweight championship match Saturday night at UFC on Fox 6, they came with a hint of controversy.
Johnson, who picked up two victories by just one-point on the cards, was admonished during the fourth round for an illegal knee strike to Dodson. Had “Mighty Mouse” been deducted a point, it would have left a majority draw between the two fighters.
Some of pondered if the point deduction should have happened, including UFC president Dana White, who stated his opinion on the post-fight show on Fuel TV.
“I do think the point should have been taken away,” White stated. “It was an illegal knee and it caused damage. There should have been a point taken away. But I hate that rule. The reason it’s there, it’s for soccer kicks when guys are down on the ground. But I don’t like it when guys put their hand down to protect them from it. It was an awesome fight, a close fight and a controversial fight.”
Referee John McCarthy brought in the cageside doctor to examine Dodson, and made sure to keep Johnson from delivering another illegal knee by shouting out when Dodson had his hand on the canvas later in the round.
White let it be known that he felt as if Dodson won the first three rounds, but was planning to re-watch the fight and further score it.