Dana White may have been disappointed with the main event at the UFC on FX 4 show in Atlantic City last week, but he gave a glowing review of the NJSACB, the organization that oversees MMA in the state of New Jersey. In a video interview, White said:
"I love this commission here. I think it's the best commission in the country."
Although the UFC holds most of their shows in Las Vegas, Dana has been very critical of the NSAC's handling of fights. Among other complaints, he feels that Las Vegas referees let fighters "lay and pray" and are not quick enough in standing them back up, something that is not an issue when the fights take place in New Jersey. Speaking of the NJ referees at this most recent event, Dana said, "they stood guys up when they needed to be."
It's great to see the NJSACB get respect from the president of the UFC. I've been touting Nick Lembo and company for years on this website, because as a NJ MMA ring announcer--and NJ Martial Arts Hall of Famer--I get to see first hand how exceptionally they oversee MMA in the state. From the reffing to the judging, to all the behind the scenes aspects of the sport, the NJSACB is clearly the best commission in the country.
It's no wonder that MMA is thriving in the state. Last year the NJSACB host 34 Mixed Martial Arts events, which consisted of 199 professional matches and 151 amateur matches. Under Lembo's leadership, the NJSACB has helped grow the sport not only in New Jersey, but in the rest of the United States as well. New Jersey was the first state to sanction MMA, and they've been leading the way ever since. Kudos to them and to Dana White for showing them the respect they deserve.
Here's the video interview: