MANILA, Philippines – The director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) saw nothing controversial in the scoring of the UFC welterweight title fight between defending champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Johny Hendricks last weekend in Las Vegas.
St-Pierre retained his title after being awarded a split decision victory, with two judges giving him the fight, 48-47.
The result quickly generated controversy, as many – including the referee inside the Octagon and UFC president Dana White – felt Hendricks had deserved the win.
Speaking to Cagewriter, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said he doesn’t “see controversy in the decision.”
“The media seems split on who won,” he said. “The LA Times scored it for GSP. All seemed to agree that Hendricks won rounds two and four and that St-Pierre won three and five. The first round could have gone either way.”
“Even if you agreed with the scoring, how is that something to criticize the commission for?” he added.
Kizer said that prior to the fight, both of the fighters’ camps were “fine with the proposed judges.” UFC executives, including White, were also on board, even calling two of the judges – Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks – as two of the best judges in MMA.
“You can tell they feel that way by where the UFC has taken them,” said Kizer.
White was highly critical of the Nevada commission following the event, even saying that he is now “afraid to bring fights to Las Vegas.”
“This is the worst commission on the planet,” said White. “The Nevada State Athletic Commission has a lot of work to do, and it makes me sick. They better get to work. They better figure out how not to destroy, not only the sport of boxing, but this sport, too.”