Jun 7, 2014; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Diego Sanchez (red) and Ross Pearson (blue) fight during their lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night 42 at Tingley Coliseum. Sanchez won via split decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White: We Have To Treat Ross Pearson Like He Won

By now, the controversial judge’s decision in the fight between Ross Pearson and Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque has made its rounds throughout the MMA world. And many have agreed as well as outraged that the judge’s decision seeing the fight as a split decision for Diego Sanchez (30-27, 29-28, 28-29), was wrongfully scored by judges Jeff Collins and Chris Tellez.

Of those people include UFC President Dana White, who told Brett Okamoto of ESPN, that the UFC will treat the fight as a win for Ross Pearson. While it will not be shown on the record as a win for Ross, and a loss of half a paycheck for the Brit, he can take pride in the fact that he will be taking another step up the rung of the UFC lightweight ladder, in the eyes of the promotion.

“It was horrible,” White told ESPN.com. “In the second round, Diego got dropped and one judge still gave him that round. Insanity, man. Pearson got robbed. Pearson won that fight clearly. He easily won that fight. We have to treat Pearson like he won and give him that next level fight.


Ross Pearson decided to appeal the decision to the commission, however it is unlikely that the decision will be overturned. As it was announced yesterday that the New Mexico Athletic commission had not found any errors with the judge’s scorecards in the fight.

Barring any collusion between the judges being  discovered, or a failed drug test result; the decision will remain as a loss on Ross Pearson’s record.

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