'The fix is in': Dana White's shock admission over 'disgusting' UFC 247 controversy

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

The UFC world has been left in a state of shock over the judging for Jon Jones’ controversial win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.

Jones retained his light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision over Reyes on Saturday, but not everyone was convinced.

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UFC president Dana White isn’t even sure that was how it should have gone, and said he believes it should have been scored for Reyes.

At the Toyota Centre in Houston after UFC 247, White said he thought Reyes won the first three rounds and Jones the final two.

The third round is the questionable one that split fans, judges and White. The judges gave the victory to Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) in all five.

“The scoring was all over the map,” White said.

Dana White admits he thought Dominick Reyes won. Image: Getty

“… Going into the last round, I had Dominick Reyes 3-1 going to the last round. My kids are terrorising me that the fix is in, ‘How could this happen, Dad?, Reyes won that fight,’ and the list goes on and on of people who are reaching out to me.

“So it’s not like there’s this landslide of people saying it was a robbery or whatever. People have it all over the place.

“But the reality is, who gives a sh*t? We’re not judges. None of us are judges, the judges called the fight, and that’s that.”

It wasn’t clear to anyone in the arena who won at the final bell, but Jones was determined to have slid by with scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46, though the latter is extremely questionable. 

Yahoo Sports in America scored it 48-47 for Jones with the last three rounds his.

“Like, who are you? I might want to have a word with you. But other than that man, I know I won that fight,” Reyes said.

“I know I won that fight. I was in that fight. I don’t have to watch the replay. I was there. I made Jon Jones look like, just a man. I brought the fight to him. And, man.”

Dominick Reyes and Jon Jones both thought they won. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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UFC fighter Dominick Cruz was heavily critical of the judges in commentary.

“I can’t be mad at this decision because of how close it was but Joe Solis should have your judging card revoked if you call that 4-1,” he said.

“I don’t know what he’s been seeing tonight but at least his name gets to be put on blast because he’s not doing a very good job in my opinion.

“But I’m not a judge so when we look at this, this was a great fight and I can’t be mad about decision because it was so close.”

Fellow commentator Joe Rogan was equally gobsmacked.

“That’s the same guy that gave Andre Ewell the decision over Jonathan Martinez, which is just ridiculous,” he said.

“That was another fight that made no sense to any of us, it makes me angry. We’ve talked about it so many times, it’s less of an issue in some commissions where they’ve dealt with combat sports, particularly MMA long but I can’t argue about this enough, I can’t get angry enough, I’ve done it so many times.

“For anyone who thought that was 4-1 Jon Jones, that person’s insane. Dominick Reyes put on a hell of a fight tonight and to disrespect that performance but that kind of judging is insane.”

Rogan said the UFC needs a new, more transparant scoring system.

“Incompetent judging and a poor system,” Rogan continued.

“If we could get the minds in mixed martial arts and the best journalists and fighters and they tried to figure out a way where we can agree on some kind of scoring system, that makes more sense, it would be nice.”

Fans, fighters and fellow commentators absolutely blasted the controversial decision.

Jones first won the belt on March 19, 2011. White said he won’t rule out the possibility of a rematch.

Neither Jones nor Reyes will be fighting anytime soon since both are physically banged up, White said.

With Yahoo Sports US