HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - UFC President Dana White was unhappy with the judging during the rematch of Hawaii’s own Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title.
In a press conference following UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi, White was asked about the controversial co-main event split decision, voicing his opinion on the quality of the judging.
“You can’t leave it to these guys,” White said. “We’ve got some bad judging, has Max been in here yet? He must be devastated.”
It was a tough loss for the Waianae native who could not reclaim the featherweight belt that he lost back in December to Volkanovski.
Holloway has now lost two consecutive featherweight title fights and is 0-2 against Volkanovski, this usually means there won’t be a third bout between the two fighters — but when asked about a potential third fight — Dana White left the door open for that possibility.
“Did anybody here score it for Volkanovski?” White said. “I don’t know, we’ll have to figure it out.”
Social media was also upset with the judges’ decision, getting the word ‘robbed’ trending on twitter after the fight.
The outrage continued through the weekend, with some media outlets getting threats if they didn't think the decision was anything other than a robbery.
This prompted Holloway to respond to the social media backlash that the fight created.
“Just landed in Vegas for another quarantine and was told some guys in the media are receiving threats for saying my fight was not a robbery.” Holloway said in a tweet. “This is not ok. I appreciate everyone who wants to ride for me but that ain’t it.”
He went on to talk about how others are being affected more severely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Life isn’t fair.” Holloway said. “It’s even more unfair for many many other people in the world than it will ever be for me. People are unemployed right now with no end in sight and it’s not their fault.”
Immediately following his controversial loss on Saturday, Holloway posted a video announcing the opening of the auction for his fight kit that he used during the fight — with all of the proceeds going to the Hawaii Foodbank.
Holloway ended his tweet by saying that the blessed era continues, along with his signature line — ‘It is what it is’.