Dana White Calls Ref Error in Mike Rodriguez – Ed Herman Bout “Mazzagatti Level”
By FCF Staff
Following Ed Herman’s controversial win over Mike Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 10, Dana White blasted the bout’s referee, Chris Tognoni.
Officially, Herman won the fight by submitting Rodriguez with a third-round, kimura. But in round two, Rodriguez dropped Herman with a knee to the midsection, which clearly hurt the veteran fighter. Tognoni, however, believed Herman went down from a knee to the groin, and Herman was given time to recover from the strike.
While speaking about what transpired in the bout afterward, White said this (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“It’s hard not to bang on this guy,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the UFC on ESPN+ 35 post-fight news conference. “The worst I’ve ever seen. He’s a (expletive) Mazzagatti level. That’s some (Steve) Mazzagatti-level (expletive) right there. That was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. That kid wins by knockout, technical knockout and loses the fight. It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.”
“I was all over them tonight about replay,” White said. “We got to have replay. There’s got to be replay. All you’ve got to do is look at the (expletive) replay that’s playing 6,000 times while Herman’s on the ground and say, ‘Oh (expletive), I made a mistake.’ How you think that is a groin kick is next level nuts, but whatever. It happens. What are you going to do it? It happened.”
The UFC President also confirmed that Rodriguez will receive his win money, due to the missed call.