Dana White thinks Demetrious Johnson should have had a point deducted for illegal knee

Demetrious Johnson v John Dodson - UFC on FOX 6It wasn’t shocking to see UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson hold on to his divisional title last night at UFC on FOX 6. Though opponent John Dodson entered the bout with a good deal of respect based on his recent success, he also set foot in the Octagon as an underdog to “Mighty Mouse”. However, Dodson’s showing itself was a bit eye-opening, as the Ultimate Fighter 14 winner dropped Johnson a handful of times and came extremely close to earning a victory.

After opening up early, Dodson’s attack was stymied in the “championship rounds” including a moment in the fourth frame where Johnson landed an illegal knee doing some damage. Referee John McCarthy stopped action, checked on Dodson, and then re-started things without ever penalizing Johnson for the blow. Had he done so, the bout would have resulted in a Draw based on the deduction.

UFC President Dana White was asked to reflect on the rumble shortly after the event’s conclusion, admitting me saw things differently than McCarthy.

“I do think that the point should have been taken away,” said White on Fuel TV’s post-show coverage. “It was absolutely an illegal knee but it was an illegal knee that caused damage too. After that he had a mouse on his eye. He definitely got damaged from it. There should have been a point taken away for that.”

White wouldn’t go so far to say Dodson would receive an immediate rematch but didn’t deny the possibility either, simply labeling Saturday night’s scrap as “a great fight, a very close fight” and “definitely a controversial fight”.

Check out White’s complete reaction below as well as his thoughts on the departure of Quinton Jackson and Anthony Pettis’ status as a top contender:

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6 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Yay more instant rematches *gets super excited about it* *sarcasm*

    Also Check out White’s complete reaction below as well as his thoughts on the departure of Quinton Jackson and Anthony Pettis’ status as a top contender:

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Got it. Not sure why the post ate the original link.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    what about all the illegal eye poking that seems to be going on ALL THE TIME??????

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  • elsicilian says:

    That’s a good point Moose … guys get eye-poked and groin-kicked every fight (often doing damage and often repeatedly) without ever having points deducted. I suppose you can argue that those things are inadvertent, but it sure looked like DJ’s knee to Dodson’s head was inadvertent as well (he couldn’t even see Dodson’s hand, much less know if he was holding it just above the canvas or touching the mat). What’s the big difference?

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  • elsicilian says:

    Sorry I meant to say DJ’s *illegal* knee to Dodson’s head was inadvertent. He knew he was kneeing Dodson in the head, he just couldn’t tell if Dodson had a hand down or not.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m curious how many eye pokes are inadvertent since one of the more common defenses to being attacked is to just throw your hand forward against their face, on some level the fighter has to know what’s going to happen.

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