ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI has claimed Dana White wanted Max Holloway to beat him at UFC 251.
White claimed he needed to “tighten up” the judges after Holloway’s defeat to the Australian on Fight Island.
Volkanovski controversially regained his featherweight title after a split decision victory.
He was dropped in the opening round and then again in the second, but managed to fight until the end.
Fans claimed Holloway was “robbed” of the win in the Middle East.
And UFC chief White made it clear that he did not agree with the decision.
Volkanovski, 31, has now taken a cheeky dig at White for favouring his opponent.
He told AAP: “I was surprised with him [White] making them comments but at the same time I’m not cause I know Max is a draw in our division.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think that Dana wanted him to win.”
The featherweight champion admitted he lost the first two rounds before going on to win.
He added: “If Dana has a problem it has to be with the scoring system.
“You’ve got to score round by round and people need to let go of these first two rounds as after the third round those first two rounds don’t matter any more.
“I knew I’d lost those first two rounds and I needed to win the next three and that’s exactly what I did.”