The UFC released a statement on Tuesday morning which stated that President Dana White apologized to judge Hughes following an internal review that found a “breach of independent regulatory protocol.’
On Saturday night, UFC President Dana White removed one of the UFC Fight Night: Macau judges, Howard Hughes, from cageside and had him replaced after White suggested that he was incompetent and incapable of fulfilling his duties as an official.
It would later be determined that White had commit a grievous error - one that would make him apologize to the official and force the UFC to release a statement condemning Dana's actions, which were referred to as a "breach in its independent regulatory protocol."
The full statement, which was posted on UFC.com, can be viewed below:
After an internal review, the UFC organization announced today that a breach of its independent regulatory protocol occurred on Saturday night during UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO.
After the second fight of the night, UFC President Dana White requested that Howard Hughes, one of the event's five assigned judges, be removed from working any further bouts. Pursuant to UFC's protocol, neither White nor any other UFC executive possesses such authority. Nevertheless, protocol was breached and Hughes did not work further bouts on Saturday night.
The UFC organization has always been in support of government regulation and oversight. Additionally, the UFC has established a protocol when required to self-regulate events due to the lack of an official athletic commission, federation or other regulatory body. In those instances where UFC holds events in locations without a regulatory body, the UFC's protocol dictates that the organization's internal regulators will handle all commission functions independently and without interference by company executives or employees.
The UFC remains committed to maintaining the strictest regulatory environment for competition and vows that no similar breach of protocol will happen again.
Both White and the UFC apologize to Mr. Hughes for calling his professional judgment into question. Hughes has judged more than 25 UFC fight cards and the UFC looks forward to him working on its events again in the future.
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