A new UFC lightweight champion was crowned on Saturday when Benson Henderson out-pointed Frankie Edgar on all three judges' scorecards to steal the throne as the top dog at 155 pounds.
Dana White has been publicly endorsing Edgar as not only the best 155-pounder in the world since he defeated B.J. Penn to win the title, but he has also been calling him one of the premier pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
So what does the UFC president have to say about the judges' decision? Well, for those who have paid any attention to how critical he can be at times, it should come as no surprise.
"I'm not a judge and my opinion doesn't matter, but I had it even going into that last round and I gave the last round to Frankie," White told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani in a post-event interview.
The bout was no doubt very close, although two judges actually scored the fight four rounds to one for Henderson.
"Yeah, that's crazy," White bluntly said. "Most of the judges had [Edgar] losing the last round! I don't know how you have him losing the last round..."
White did believe the fight was extremely tight, though, and even went as far as to head onto his Twitter account where he polled fans to see how they were scoring the bout in the championship rounds.
"I was on Twitter in like the third, fourth and fifth rounds, asking people how they had it," White said. "There were some people that had it just like I had it, there were other people that had it the other way. Henderson has to get ready for some controversy. This was a controversial decision."
On a night when Takeya Mizugaki got his win bonus after a particularly confusing decision left him with a "loss" on his official record, some believed that White might also consider giving Frankie Edgar his win bonus. That wasn't the case, though.
"There's a difference between a fight being close and going back and forth, being tough to score; and something that I feel is an out-right robbery," he said. "If I feel like a guy got absolutely robbed, then it's a whole other story."
Judging remains an issue in mixed martial arts and although the UFC has a bit more control in Japan, White maintains that he nor anyone in the UFC directly picks the judges and they also do not try to influence them in any way.
"Do you know how many judges I have talked to?" he asked. "Zero. I don't ever talk to these judges. I don't know them and that's the way it should be."
So what's next for the former champion, Frankie Edgar? Perhaps a rematch, but perhaps a new weight class entirely.
"I would love to see Frankie move down to 145," White admitted. "I've been saying that forever. He seems reluctant to do it, but we'll see what happens."
As great as it would be to see Edgar fight current featherweight champion Jose Aldo, White understands the former lightweight champion's reluctance to move down a weight class.
"When guys are doing as well as Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, I don't ever go to them and say, 'You should do this, you should do that.' " he explained. "When you're a guy like [Yoshihiro] Akiyama and you're fighting at 185, then I start putting the pressure on and say, 'You need to go to 170!'
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