What Dana White wants, Dana White gets. Oh, and so does Drew Dober.
The Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) announced earlier today (Thurs., March 26, 2015) that it has overturned Dober's loss to Leandro Silva last Saturday night (March 21, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 62 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to a no contest (NC).
And with good reason.
Eduardo Herdy, the referee on duty, admitted that he blew the call and made a "professional mistake" by stopping the fight prematurely after Dober was caught in Silva's guillotine choke. The problem? The hold wasn't tight, Dober never tapped, and Silva was actually letting the hold go prior to the stoppage (see it again here).
Upon further review, the commission released a statement (via FOX Sports) saying it had no choice but to reverse the call.
"After receiving a detailed technical report from Mr. Eduardo Herdy, referee in charge of the bout mentioned in the case, which in the end clearly states that his stoppage was to preserve the fighter's integrity, being that his highest responsibility when it comes to the duty of a referee, he has admitted his professional mistake and is willingly in favor to forgo his authority in the bout. Consequently, after reviewing the case, the Executive Committee presided by Mr. Rafael Favetti (Chairman & CEO) and Mr. Cristiano Sampaio (COO), has decided to overturn the result of Leandro Silva vs. Andrew Dober bout and is officially determining it as a no contest."
Despite the bad call, which had White -- as well as the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community up in arms -- the UFC president paid Dober a win bonus.
And if history has shown us anything, it's likely UFC will let the two men run it back one more time in the hopes of getting a clear-cut outcome. As for Herdy, well, I highly doubt he'll be the official on duty for the rematch.