It was another one of those nights for the officials in the UFC. Referee Josh Rosenthal got it right in the James Irvin fight but Colorado officials and ref Herb Dean made a judgment error in the Paul Buentello-Cheick Kongo fight, according to UFC president Dana White.
In the second round, Buentello appeared to injure a finger. The fight was stopped while doctors looked at the hand. Then they appeared to pop the finger back into place.
"If he couldn't continue right there, you can't come in [and call timeout]," said White, who thought Buentello broke the finger. "It actually appeared to be a dislocation. Dean paused the fight because he thought there was an equipment malfunction with the glove. He was wrong. If Buentello had a dislocated finger and needed medical care, the fight should've been given to Kongo with a TKO victory."
White also talked about the futures of Duane Ludwig and Irvin. He was unsure on Ludwig, who reportedly suffered a severe ankle break. He was positive with Irvin, that he wouldn't be at middleweight again.
"He looked terrible at the weigh-ins. There was [expletive] coming out of his face. I didn't know if it was skull or scar tissue or what it was."
White said it was reflected in his performance against Alessio Sakara.
"Tonight it looked like the 85 cut killed him. He couldn't get off. He was basically getting lit up by Sakara. That's not James Irvin. That's not who he is as a fighter."