A thrilling back-and-forth Lightweight scrap between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier came to an anti-climactic end last night (Sat., May 13, 2017) at UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas, as the fight was ruled a no-contest (NC) after Alvarez clipped Poirier with a couple a couple of illegal knees to the head in round two, forcing the stoppage of the fight.
What should have resulted in a disqualification win for Poirier, was ruled a no-contest by Herb Dean, who said the knees were accidental since Alvarez was also hitting him with fair blows as Dustin dropped and wasn’t sure if Poirier was grounded or not when delivering the finishing blows.
Still, that didn’t prevent former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta from immediately getting a hold of Dana White to urge him to implement instant replay for all events.
“Lorenzo Fertitta text me tonight and said we have to get instant replay because that was the wrong call. So, yeah, he’s still telling me what to do,” joked White during the post-fight press conference.
Just because he’s out, doesn’t mean he doesn’t care.
Furthermore, according to Poirier’s manager (via MMA Fighting), the 155-pound fighter plans to file an appeal with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TLDR).
So what would’ve been different if Herb and the rest of the officials has instant replay? “If we had instant replay, that would’ve been a disqualification, not a no contest,” said Dana.
It’s not a bad idea, as every other major sport has instant replay, and implementing it in MMA would avoid further disastrous calls like the one Herb Dean made last night.
Still, there are select athletic commissions the do have instant replay, as Gegard Mousasi was the beneficiary of it a few weeks ago at UFC 210 after the New York State Athletic Commission ran the tape back to determine if his knees on Chris Weidman were indeed illegal as the original call stated.
In the end, the knees were ruled legal and Gegard was awarded the victory instead of it becoming a no-contest or a disqualification. Anyone on favor (or oppose) instant replay in MMA?
As for Poirier and Alvarez, both men are keen on running it back in order to get a clear cut winner. You interested?