UFC Says Dana White Breached Protocol By Removing Judge In Macau


UFC president Dana White revealed at the UFC Fight Night 48 press conference some rather interesting news. During the prelims card of the Macau, China based card, he had pulled an ‘incompetent’ judge from the panel, and told him to sit in the crowd. After some sketchy scoring during the first two bouts, Howard Hughes was banished to the stands.

The news may have come as music to the ears of fans who are angered by poor judging, but it looks like the UFC isn’t on board with White’s decision. The promotion released an offical statement on the issue over at UFC.com:

“After an internal review, the UFC organization announced today that a breach of its independent regulatory protocol occurred on Saturday night during UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO. After the second fight of the night, UFC President Dana White requested that Howard Hughes, one of the event’s five assigned judges, be removed from working any further bouts. Pursuant to UFC’s protocol, neither White nor any other UFC executive possesses such authority. Nevertheless, protocol was breached and Hughes did not work further bouts on Saturday night.”

“Both White and the UFC apologize to Mr. Hughes for calling his professional judgment into question. Hughes has judged more than 25 UFC fight cards and the UFC looks forward to him working on its events again in the future.”

So it looks like White had overstepped the mark in striking Hughes from the judging panel, but no word yet on whether the UFC president will face any further action following this matter. In the lack of a functioning athletic commission, it looks like Dana thought he had more power than he actually did.

Do you agree with White’s actions in Macau, or should he have stuck to the rule book that has seen many fighters sacked and penalized in the past?

  • In this case I think Dana made a fine decision but it's definitely not a good idea for him to be able to do that on a regular basis as bad as the judging is.

  • It was not a fine decision. It crossed the line and opens the door for issues and controversy and a promotion should not be allowed to remove a judge prior to the fight.

    Remember, Belfort and Johnson? Remember how pissed ufc was with Johnson? And every time during fight, they stood Johnson up when he was close to finishing Vitor, with GnP and in dominant positions? Very suscpious…

    What about Giving Machida a bonus for beating Ortiz because they hated Ortiz so much?

    Ufc has a history of shady antics…

    • BULL SHIT! UFC has always done right by the fighters and everyone involved with the organisation. If someone has truly done wrong by the UFC or Dana, you will usually here about it with some type of response. Dana is actually a really good guy, he did what 95% of us would have done and try to get a judge to take a hike and go drink some beer if the blind twat doesn't know how to judge a fight. Dana should of followed protocol, but, fuck it!! Sometimes the retard drops the milk and someone has to clean it. People on this site in generally think Dana is some shady scumbag and the UFC is corrupt, LOL. All that said I think it was a spur of the moment thing for Dana, I highly doubt he will ever do anything like that again.

  • Lol what a boss . A very overpaid one but still. Doing whatever he wants xD till He's back in the states that is .

  • Haha weak

  • for the ppl that are weaking my comment. DO you not understand that a promoter removing a judge is a conflict of interest? It has no bearing even if they are allowed to be the athletic commission in other countries. That's exactly why they have admitted it violated protocol. because it's a conflict of interests and it does not matter what the situation is or how noble and ethical they are attempting to be in this issue.

    • You are correct Watermelon. Imagine that the UFC saw GSP as a money maker and manipulated judges that favor his game – ie. no stand ups.

      It would be a dangerous precedent to allow such changes.

    • Zip

      Exactly right WF. A 'sharp' from me put you back into the green, for now 🙂

      • It was red again when I got there but I smacked my mouse button with commitment to get that green shining again.

  • Definitely won't help the argument against ufc/dana "fixing" fights by removing a judge they don't agree with