Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White draws a sharp line in the sand when it comes to interacting with referees.
Last weekend at UFC on ESPN 14, veteran commentator Dan Hardy, also a former welterweight fighter, verbally attacked referee Herb Dern after a late stoppage in a lightweight bout with Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert (see again HERE). Hardy disagreed with the stop and took his presence at the edge of the cage to a whole new level by standing up and getting into an argument with Dean.
While the UFC opened an investigation into the incident earlier this week, UFC President Dana White has yet to comment on the ordeal. That was until a reporter asked White about Hardy’s actions during the UFC Vegas 5 pre-fight media melee (full replay HERE).
“Something happened last night in Abu Dhabi, too, where Goddard was pushed. I want this to be very clear: if you work for me and approach a judge or referee or any type of official, I will fire you. You will lose your job. You will never work for me again if you do this, ”White said.
Luckily for Hardy, it doesn’t look like the UFC is going to punish him this time around. He will have the chance to continue working on his job as a commentator and prove that he can keep an eye on his cage-edge correspondence with officials, especially at a time when every little explosion is clearly heard at events. live.
That said, White isn’t letting anyone out of the woods to move forward. The UFC president will be ready to fire anyone who verbally or physically approaches a referee during an event. White’s warning includes not only members of the media, but fighters as well.
“No one has the right to (approach them). Look, you want to criticize the judges, you want to criticize the referees, you don’t agree with a ruling or things like that. We adore Dan (Hardy), and Dan got emotional, ”White explained. “The problem is with this setup it’s a lot easier to do. It is much easier to interact with everyone. From fighters to referees to the media and everyone. If you work for me in any capacity and approach a referee, judge or official, I will fire you that evening on the spot. It can never happen here again.
While much of the MMA community agrees that the Trinaldo judgment against Herbert was late, Hardy should not have used his platform to target Dean. After all, Dean is one of the most respected officials in the sport today and a true professional more than capable of making the right choice inside the Octagon.
Hardy, who has been commenting for the UFC for a few years now, was simply acting in an emotional state. He will have to control himself to move forward before White’s warning becomes reality.
What are you saying, Maniacs? Did White need to issue that warning after Hardy’s actions last weekend?
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