Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schwab did not limit his feelings about Dana White’s comments about defending the title of Jamin Sterling.
The UFC 273 co-main event saw Sterling defend his title against Peter Yan in a split decision victory, sparking discussions across the MMA community over which fighter actually won the fight. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President White said he recorded the fight for Yan, and sided with the opposing official judge.
“I thought the judges blew it up,” White said. “I got it 3-2 (Leanne). I don’t know how you guys scored that. Everything but you scored that first round.”
Schaub believes White’s post-fight comments will be the source of more hatred for Sterling in the future, despite having to deal with the backlash from the first meeting with Jan, winning the fight straight into the rematch.
“Dana has a lot of strength and when he says sheep, for lack of a better word, sheep go,” Schaub said on The Schaub Show, “Dana said he didn’t win, and he didn’t.” “…I wish Dana would wait until he watched.” Fighting as we’ve seen the fight. Watch it a second or third time before you jump to that conclusion. Because by saying that, that gives everyone, the modelers, MMA experts, especially on ESPN or if you’re working with the UFC, now they all go, “Yeah, Al Jaman didn’t win.” That fight.” That’s not true. This is not true. Nobody gets cheated out of anything.”
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Schaub made his arguments for Round 10-8 in favor of Sterling. He then continued to focus his support for Sterling’s fight win based on the official judging criteria, which are effective hitting and tackling the ratings’ number one priority. Effective aggressiveness is second-rate, but it should not be taken into account unless there is an advantage in hitting or wrestling. Cage control is the last judging criteria, which should only be taken into account all other factors being equal, but this is a rare consideration.
“When you’re president of the UFC, you have a responsibility,” Schaub said. “So when you say the judges got it wrong, well now you’ve offended Jamin Sterling. Now you f*cked him. Because he beat the naysayers. He beat the haters. Everyone shut up. But now it’s popping up because the strongest man in the UFC He says he didn’t win this fight, which you don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re wrong dude. And you got rid of your fighter. Now he has to go back to the drawing board. He has to deal with more of this damn stupid hate. And why? Because he won three Out of five?… Now you’ve bought Aljamain Sterling stock and you’re wrong, dude.
“Go back and watch it. Based on how the judges judged the fight, and if the only explanation I gave for giving Peter Yan that first round was octagonal control, that’s the least important thing when it comes to judging. There are other things that have to happen first, and Jimmy wins.” So that would give him the first round, the second round, and the third round as clear as a vanishing day.”