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Dana White reacts to controversial split decision in Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera fight: “That’s pretty scary”

UFC president Dana White reacted to the controversial split decision in the recent Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera fight, saying “that’s pretty scary.”

Sandhagen appeared to have won all, or nearly all, of the five rounds in the UFC San Antonio main event between him and Vera, but the judges’ scorecards told a different story. While Sandhagen won a split decision with 50-45 and 49-46 scorecards in his favor, one judge scored the bout 48-47 for Vera, which was an incredibly-controversial scorecard. While there’s an argument that Vera might have taken one round during the fight, likely the third, there’s no argument to be made that he won, and when the scorecards were read, everyone in the arena and watching was in shock.

Fortunately for Sandhagen, there are three judges and two of the judges correctly scored the fight in his favor. But the fact that one of them scored the fight in favor of Vera when he clearly lost is extremely concerning because it wasn’t a hard fight to score. You can count White among those that were shocked by the scorecards.

Once UFC San Antonio concluded, the media spoke to White about the scorecards in the fight, and he didn’t hold back. Speaking to the press, White admitted that he was surprised by the scorecards, noting that he had scored the fight as a near-shutout for Sandhagen, which is why he was so concerned when he heard Vera got a scorecard in his favor.

“I was literally coming out of the bathroom and I was like, ‘What the f*ck?’ Yeah, were you surprised? I think everybody was surprised. It could have been 5-0. Could have been 4-0, but yeah, split? Wow. Yeah, that’s pretty scary,” White said (via MMAjunkie.com).

Thankfully, Sandhagen won the decision that he deserved, and now we’ll see what’s next for him. Following the bout, “The Sandman” called out Merab Dvalishvili.

Did you have the same reaction that Dana White did to the split decision scorecards in the Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera fight?

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