Jon Jones managed to survive against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, edging out the challenger in a decision victory. Two judges scored the fight 48-47 for Jones while one judge had it 49-46, which came under heavy criticism.
Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Dana White weighed in on the scoring of the fight.
"The scoring was all over the map," he stated. "Joe Silva, the former matchmaker had it a draw. Going into the last round, I had Dominick Reyes 3-1. My kids are terrorizing me that 'the fix is in, how can this happen? Reyes won.' People have it all over the place. The reality is, who gives a shit, we're not judges. They called the fight. As far as the judging and reffing tonight, do I think it was perfect? I do not. We need to do some work down here. It's never going to be perfect, but it has to be close."
He continued, "The powers that be and the commission have to realize that there were mistakes made. These things are going to happen, nothing is perfect, but it's something we have to work on. But in the Reyes fight, it was so over the map. I talked to guys who said 'you can't run in the last two rounds and take the title from the champ.' You have people that think a lot of different ways and how they score the fight. It all depends on the way you judge a fight and it doesn't fucking matter. We're not judges. It was a badass fight. Both of these guys are tough as nails."
Dana praised the toughness of both men in the fight, saying both were banged up and hurting after the 25-minute contest.
With the fight being close and exciting, Dana was asked about a rematch between the two. He replied, "Do I think that he deserves a rematch? Sure, he does. But we'll see what happens."
He later said, "As you look at little things that both guys did in this fight, they both fought an unbelievable fight, they both made mistakes and I think when they start watching tape and watch it over, they're gonna get back in the gym and work on things. If and when these two fight again, it'll be even better than tonight."
Dana went on to call Reyes a future champion in the division and that he looked like the future face of the division against Jones.
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