Dana White has given his take on the recent incident between Dan Hardy and Herb Dean.
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert in a lightweight bout at the UFC On ESPN 14 event at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island aka Fight Island is in question. This fight ended in brutal fashion in the third round when Trinaldo landed a wicked leftover hand before smashing the face of his opponent.
It was a really late stoppage to the point where the color commentator, Hardy, could be heard yelling at Dean for his decision.
Dana White On Actions Of Dan Hardy
The UFC president gave his take on the situation and gave out a warning for those thinking of doing something like this.
“If you work for me and you approach a judge or a referee or any type of official, I will fire you,” White said (H/T to MMA Fighting). “You will lose your job. You will never work for me again if you do that.”
‘Nobody has the right – listen, you want to criticize judges, you want to criticize referees, you didn’t agree with a decision or things like that…we love Dan,” White said. “Dan got emotional. And the problem is now, with this setup, it’s a lot easier to do. It’s a lot easier to interact with everybody, from the fighters to the refs to the media and everybody. If you work for me in any capacity and you approach a referee or judge or an official, I will fire you that night on the spot. That can never happen here again.”
“We complain about judges all the time,” he said. “Referees are more important, because they’re our first responders. They’re the ones that have got to jump in there, and if they’re not, then we’re the ones that have to make a say. It’s very pop culture right now, unfortunately, but it crosses into every aspect. People need to speak up if they see something that is not right. Herb needs to be able to interject and save these fighters.”