UFC President Dana White Blasted Ref Who Allowed Holly Holm To Hold Raquel Pennington At UFC 246 (VIDEO)
Other than Holly Holm, nobody seemed to be pleased with how she held off Raquel Pennington on Saturday night.
The crowd at T-Mobile Arena booed throughout the match at UFC 246 and UFC President was likely one of those people who did so as well.
UFC president Dana White let loose with a tirade on the referee that allowed Holm to simply hold Pennington against the cage wall for minutes at a time in each round.
“The ref let them clinch for four minutes for three (expletive) rounds,” White said. “They fought for a minute.”
“If you are not doing damage or advancing your position, you split the fighters up and make them actually fight. … I literally almost got up and walked out of that fight, I was so frustrated.”
Holm defended her strategy, noting that it wasn’t her plan but when it worked she opted to stick with it.
She also took note of the crowd being displeased with her strategy to win.
“I did hear a couple, but usually the people booing aren’t the ones that actually do this for a job, so it doesn’t bother me,” said Holm, who also beat Pennington in a disputed split decision in 2015. “I don’t understand everything everybody does with their job, so I’m not going to criticize it.
“Obviously I always look back and I wish I could have done this or that.”
White, much like the crowd, was hoping to see a more exciting display.