Choi Doo-ho’s ‘head butting’ controversy → draw… UFC President: “Absolutely not, it’s crazy”
whose victory was canceled due to a controversial head butting deduction. UFC president Dana White rejected the referee’s decision.
On the 5th (Korean time), Choi Doo-ho had a featherweight match against Kyle Nelson (31, Canada), the main card of UFC Fight Night, held at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Choi Doo-ho, who returned after 3 years and 2 months, showed a seasoned side in terms of stamina and game management. Rather than aiming for a finish in a hurry, he overpowered Nelson with a leg kick. Even in the grappling area, which Nelson boasts, Choi Doo-ho was rather ahead.
Especially in the 3rd round, Nelson received severe damage, including a powerful uppercut. Shocked, Nelson rushed in and attempted a takedown to avert the crisis. However, Choi Doo-ho returned to the bag and took the top position.
However, the referee’s order to stop was suddenly issued. Dooho Choi’s head collided with Nelson’s head during the grappling workshop.
Then, a controversial 1-point deduction decision was made. Under the MMA Unified Rules of the United States, head butting can be deducted at the discretion of the referee. 먹튀검증
In the end, Choi Doo-ho recorded a major draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) with Nelson after the third round due to a one-point deduction. The referee’s decision influenced the outcome.
At the post-game press conference, President White expressed his objection to the deduction. When asked if he thought the deduction for Choi Doo-ho’s head butting was appropriate, he said, “Absolutely not. It was crazy,” he said. “Because of that, Choi Doo-ho missed the victory. Dooho Choi won the match. So he gave him a victory bonus.”
Meanwhile, Park Jun-yong (31) defeated Dennis Tulyulin (34, Russia) with a rear-naked choke in 4 doors and 5 seconds in the first round, and won three consecutive UFC victories. Park Joon-yong’s Korean Top Team teammate Jung Da-un (29) lost a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after a fierce battle with Devin Clark (32, USA).
Kim Ji-yeon (33), who was supposed to participate that day, had health problems after her opponent Mandi Böhm (33, Germany) weighed in, and her match was canceled.