LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White has come to the protection of referees and judges within the aftermath of the extremely publicized spat between Dan Hardy and Herb Dean.
After UFC commentator Hardy and veteran referee Dean had a verbal confrontation within the aftermath of what many believed to be a late stoppage in Francisco Trinaldo’s TKO of Jai Herbert at UFC on ESPN 14, White has drawn a line within the sand.
“I wish to make this very clear: In the event you work for me, and also you method a choose or a referee or any kind of official, I’ll fireplace you,” White informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, on Friday. “You’ll lose your job. You’ll by no means work for me once more in the event you do this. No person has the suitable to – pay attention, you wish to criticize judges, you wish to criticize referees, you didn’t agree with a call or issues like that – we love Dan. Dan obtained emotional. The issue is now with this setup it’s rather a lot simpler to do. It’s rather a lot simpler to work together with everyone, from the fighters to the refs to the media and everyone.
“In the event you work for me in any capability, and also you method a referee or choose or official, I’ll fireplace you that night time on the spot. That may by no means occur right here ever once more.”
White indicated he gained’t take motion towards Hardy after the incident. Nevertheless, it seems there’s going to be a zero tolerance coverage shifting ahead. White stated he was conscious of Friday’s scenario on the UEA Warriors 12 occasion in Abu Dhabi, the place referee Marc Goddard was shoved and grabbed by a fighter who’d simply choked his opponent however wouldn’t instantly launch, resulting in a disqualification.
It’s clear White doesn’t need that kind of conduct to occur within the UFC, nor something like what occurred between Hardy and Dean. He stated his message goes on to Hardy, however it applies to everybody.
“I’m chatting with him proper now,” White stated. “I’m chatting with everyone. Don’t ever do it ever once more. And in the event you’re a fighter, and you place your fingers on or threaten any official, you’ll by no means, ever combat right here once more. Interval.”