Choi Doo-ho’s ‘head butting’ controversy → draw… UFC President: “Absolutely not, it’s crazy”
Choi Doo-ho (31), 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 aiming메이저사이트 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.
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.