Dana White: Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks are on track for a rematch

Georges St-PierreWith the way Dana White felt about the judges’ decision to award Georges St-Pierre a split-decision win over Johny Hendricks on Saturday night, you can understand why he is anxious to schedule a rematch. On Monday, White said he expects that rematch to come sooner rather than later.

“As far as a rematch, we’re on schedule and I’ll have a date within a couple weeks,” White said, via the LA Times. “I feel confident that Georges is fine with that and all is on track.”

White’s comments came after a TMZ report claimed that St-Pierre will be taking a break from fighting to deal with an unplanned pregnancy and the illness of his father. Despite the fact that St-Pierre said after Saturday’s fight that he needs time off to deal with personal issues that are driving him “crazy,” White insisted that the welterweight champion was simply “in a rage” and will not be going on hiatus.

White did not name a specific date for the rematch but said UFC’s Memorial Day Weekend card in Las Vegas is a possibility.

Over the weekend, White ripped the Nevada State Athletic Commission over their scoring of the St-Pierre-Hendricks fight. He felt that Hendricks clearly won the fight and does not want his sport to be accused of fixing the way boxing has been. Again, that likely has a lot to do with why White is in such a rush to get the wheels in motion for a rematch.

Official scorecard from Georges St-Pierre-Johny Hendricks UFC 167 fight

UFC 167 scorecard

Many people felt like Johny Hendricks won his welterweight title fight against Georges St-Pierre on Saturday in Las Vegas even though GSP was awarded a split-decision win.

One of the most vocal critics was Dana White, who ripped the judges and Nevada State Athletic Commission a new one after the fight. Hendricks also thought he won the fight.

“I thought I clearly won that fight. Did you guys see the same fight that I just fought?” he asked rhetorically after the bout.

Well, after looking at the judges’ official scorecard from the fight, the good news is that the judges all seemed to be on the same page for the most part and only differed on one round. Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks gave GSP the first round, while only Glenn Trowbridge gave it to Hendricks. All three had Hendricks winning the second and fourth, and GSP winning the third and fifth.

In his post-fight press conference, White mentioned something I’ve repeated about boxing: fights shouldn’t be scored on a round-by-round basis, but on a scale of who did the most overall damage during the fight. The rounds should just serve as a break for fighters, not as a segment where fights should be scored as a win or loss. Here’s a good comparison: do you think baseball should be scored based on how many innings a team wins, or based on the total score of the game?

Pride Fighting in Japan had the right idea. If a fight went to a decision, they judged it on a whole, not based on round-by-round. Here were the criteria:

– The effort made to finish the fight via KO or submission
– Damage given to the opponent
– Standing combinations and ground control
– Takedowns and takedown defense
– Aggressiveness
– Weight (in the case that the weight difference is 10 kg/22 lb or more)

The UFC and boxing should adopt similar rules for scoring and then they’ll get more outcomes right.

Dana White rips Nevada State Athletic Commission over GSP decision

Dana WhiteDana White blasted the judges and Nevada State Athletic Commission after Georges St-Pierre won a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday night.

Most people had Hendricks winning the fight in a decision 48-47 (three rounds to two), but two judges scored it 48-47 in favor of GSP, while the third had it by that score in favor of Hendricks. The two won Fight of the Night honors, but GSP retained his UFC welterweight title belt.

In his post-event press conference, White blasted the judging of the fight and said the state’s government needs to step in and address the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“I’m blown away that Georges St-Pierre won that fight. Hey listen, I’m a promoter, [St-Pierre's] the biggest pay-per-view star on the f—ing planet for me, and I still think don’t think he won that fight.

“I want what’s fair, and that wasn’t fair,” White stated.

White turned his attention to the NSAC, which has been questioned following bad decisions in boxing recently.

“I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy the sport like they did boxing.

“The governor needs to step in and fix the incompetence that is happening in the state of Nevada that used to be the best commission in the world. It’s absolute 100 percent incompetence and it needs to stop. I’m f—ing scared to come back here and do fights. I’m afraid of this state.”

White has always been consistent in wanting fair outcomes for his product. He knows that having an honest product that fans can trust is extremely important. That’s why he’s so upset — he doesn’t want people thinking fights are fixed. I mean who didn’t think boxing fights were fixed when the same judge who scored Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez a draw also had Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao? White doesn’t want the UFC getting a similar reputation for being fixed the way boxing has.