Anderson Silva may have finally ended his slump at last night’s (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) UFC 208 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Brooklyn, New York by defeating Derek Brunson via unanimous decision (see it here), but it didn’t do much to earn Dana White’s praises.
That’s because the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) head honcho scored the co-headlining bout for Brunson.
"I had Brunson winning," White said on FS1’s UFC 208 post-fight show. "I actually had the fight one (round) to one going into the third round, and I gave the third round to Brunson."
Brunson, naturally, felt he won the bout, and didn’t hide his frustrations, taking to Twitter to express his disappointment. He also didn’t hesitate to contact White to vent his frustrations.
"Brunson sent me a text. He’s obviously very upset. He said, ‘This is how I support my family, and now I don’t get my win bonus when I feel I won the fight.’ But it’s one of those things. I say it all the time. If you don’t want to get screwed by the judges, don’t let it go to the judges," reiterated White.
"It has nothing to do with me. He can text me, and I can feel for him, but it has nothing to do with me. You have to beat your opponent, and you have the beat the judges unfortunately. That’s the business."
Of course, Dana has had a history of compensating fighters who feel may have been wronged at an event, but it doesn’t seem like this will be one of those cases.
For Derek, he heads back to the drawing board after suffering his second straight defeat while Silva breathes new life into his career which at age 41, he could use all the wins — albeit somewhat controversially — he can get. Any of you agree with White’s assessment? Was Brunson robbed of a victory and win bonus?
For complete UFC 208 results and coverage click here.