UFC president Dana White wasn't happy with the officiating in Holly Holm's unanimous decision win over Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
White blasted referee Jason Herzog for not separating the women's bantamweights during extended periods of time in the clinch.
"The ref let them clinch for four minutes for three f------ rounds, and they fought for a minute," White said at the postfight press conference. "That was a problem, too. Driving me crazy, man. If you are not doing damage or advancing your position, you split the fighters up and make them actually fight."
Holm versus Pennington was an underwhelming bout from start to finish. Holm effectively tied Pennington up against the fence several times, and Pennington avoided any serious shots from Holm, which largely resulted in a stalemate.
"I like this guy, I don't want to bum this guy out," White said of Herzog. "But he's running around the Octagon, (and) I'm like, 'What f------ fight is he watching?' He's moving around like he's trying to stay out of the way, like there's a f------ war going on or something, and these guys are leaning up against the fence for four minutes. Are you shitting me right now?"
For White, who was cageside for the co-main event between Holm and Pennington, his issues with the refereeing were almost too much for him to handle.
"I literally almost got up and walked out of that fight, I was so frustrated," White said.
Saturday marked the second time Holm and Pennington have squared off. "The Preacher's Daughter" defeated "Rocky" via split decision at UFC 184 in February 2015 in her Octagon debut.
Holm went on to win the UFC title later that year but hasn't had the same amount of success in recent years. The Jackson-Wink MMA fighter has alternated wins and losses in her past six outings.
Pennington, a former title challenger, entered the bout coming off a split-decision win over Irene Aldana. She's 1-3 in her past four fights.