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Dana White wants instant replay in MMA

With the new NFL season kicking off over the weekend, officiating has been a hot topic considering the league’s decision to go with replacement referees rather than coming to terms with the striking regulars. However, while the fill-ins may make blunders, there is at least a safety net supporting them in the form of instant replay.

Sadly, if the NFL was governed by the same athletic commissions overseeing MMA, bad calls would not only be accepted but left unaddressed.

UFC President Dana White has recently decided to start speaking out on the matter of bringing instant replay into MMA to prevent early stoppages or outcomes influenced by legal/illegal means, calling for its creation before fans start tuning out in disgust.

“Every other sport has instant replay. Fighting needs to too, especially with how bad the officiating has been – judges and reffing,” said White on this week’s episode of Inside MMA. “They got this thing with combat sports, these athletic commissions have this thing where it’s like, once a guy makes a decision it can’t be overturned. It’s insane! It’s insane!!!”

White also emphasized the need to have instant replay based on the stakes involved in fighting.

“Instant replay makes sense and instant replay would be awesome because…once you make a decision and it’s a bad call you affect this guy’s life forever,” he explained. “You make a mistake in a baseball there’s 190 more baseball games this season. They’ll be alright. They’ll make up for it. You make a mistake in fighting, it hurts this guy immensely.”

Check out White’s full take on the situation below:


  • Screenplaya says:

    Ah, it is nice to be agreeing with Dana again.

    I hope this becomes a serious debate. I want to know how this might be instituted. It would surely help in cases where there is a question about whether or not a foul has occured. I wonder if they would want two refs involved in each match, also. One in the ring, and one in the booth, who could overrule.

    Let’s start the discussion.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m on the fence about it, I think it could be good for some of the blatant blown calls, but it could also be used way to much by camps who aren’t happy with a turn out, which would slow down the process and make fighters take an adrenaline dump and lose their groove.

    Also how would it be implemented would be key, would they do it right then and after it was stopped and the decision overturn, they be put back in position, which would probably be after both fighters had calmed down and gotten dried off. Or would it make it a NC and rescheduled

  • MCM says:

    I can only think of 3 instances off the top of my head where instant replay would have been useful.

    1- Kevin Burns / Anthony Johnson #1
    2- Eric Silva / Carlo Prater
    3- Josh Koscheck / Paul Daley

    It’s only the Burns/Rumble fight that would have been changed from a TKO to a DQ as Mazagatti was in the wrong spot to see those eye pokes as hits.

    I think the Silva/Prater fight would have benefited from instant replay but it would have only justified Yamasaki’s position and we wouldn’t have had to listen to Rogan embarrass himself on the mic.

    And the Kos/Daley fight, Mirgliota would have seen the “invisible knee” and might have actually docked Kos a point which may have tempered Daley’s aggression some so that he wouldn’t have throw the punch at the end of the fight.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    best case recently was in Bellator, Cosmo Alexandre (who by the way is maybe one of the two best thai boxers ever to cross over into MMA) was fighting Harry Johnson in the prelims. in the first round, while in the clinch, he hit Harry to the body with a punch and he crumbled, just as Cosmo was about to swarm the ref stopped in as Harry had gone down holding his cup. Replays showed it was close but indecisive one way or the other, so Harry got 5 mins and continued fighting (Cosmo appealed his innocence throughout). Early in the 2nd round Cosmo caught Harry with a nice knee to the solar plexis and again Harry went down holding his cup and writhing in agony. again Cosmo appealed his innocence but the ref stopped it as a groin strike. while Harry was rolling around the ref went off, checked the tape, saw it was a legit shot, went back to Harry and told him you stand up now or i call the fight, Harry didnt budge so the ref called it, Cosmo got the win. perfect example of how the replay can work in a fight.

    Personally i’d only like to see the replay available to referees during the fight, maybe even a second official ringside to help on difficult calls. i wouldnt like to see it availble in retrospect though. i’d hate to see coaches/teams appealing decisions after the fact. only the ref or judges should be able to call a fight.

    also replays shouldnt be available to guys like Rogan & Dana who think they run MMA and know more than anyone else, to try and persuade refs to use the replay when they dont agree with a decision or one of their freinds is fighting and losing

  • Big Stank says:

    One fighter against it would be Kos because he couldn’t fake those phantom knees anymore.


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