Dana White says UFC will recognize Erick Silva's victory, supports use of instant replayPosted on January 15, 2012, 02:03 PM by Joey Santosus
"Mario Yamasaki has made a lot of good decisions in his career, too; the guy made a decision, it was the wrong decision, but hey - let's not put the lynch mob on Mario.
We're going to treat him like he won the fight, meaning we’ll move him 'up.' I don’t know what we can do about it. I was talking to Marc Ratner about it tonight; I’d like to get together and work out a way we can use an instant replay." - For more from Dana White, visit ESPN.com
Looks like we can put away our torches and pitchforks - at least for now, anyway.
That's according to UFC President Dana White, who says that, although Mario Yamasaki may have made the wrong call when disqualifying Erick Silva, we should probably hold off on forming a lynch mob.
Silva, a 27-year-old prospect out of Team Nogueira, needed only 40-seconds to dispatch of Luis Ramos back in August, and just as it appeared that he had bested that time at UFC 142, stopping Carlo Prater in 29-seconds, it was announced that "Indio" had been DQ'ed due to strikes deemed illegal by Yamasaki. But, while the record books may indicate a loss for Silva, White says the promotion will recognize the stoppage as a victory for the Brazilian, and feels that using instant replay when making such a decision would be ideal for officials moving forward. So, what's the word LowKick'ers? Do you agree with Yamasaki's call? Is instant replay necessary? Perhaps they could distribute challenge flags to the cornermen while they're at it?
Further Reading: UFC 142: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes Video Highlights
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