Judges in New Mexico may have decided that Ross Pearson lost his UFC Fight Night bout to Diego Sanchez last Saturday, but the British fighter will still be paid as if he won. UFC.com reports that UFC president Dana White has decided to give Pearson the $30,000 he would have earned if he'd been given the decision win instead of Sanchez
UFC fighter contracts are often structured so that they earn "show" money for simply fighting. If they win, however, they are often awarded "win" bonuses, usually doubling their "show" money.
Sanchez won a split decision over Pearson in his home town of Albuquerque after being completely nullified for three rounds. One judge scored the fight 30-27 for Sanchez, meaning that he scored the second stanza - during which Pearson cut Sanchez on the face with strikes, dropped him with a punch and took him down with a sweep - for Sanchez.
"Diego lost that fight," White reasoned.
"The judge who judged that fight should never be judging fights again. He never should be judging fights of this caliber, he needs to go back down into the amateurs and really learn how to judge a fight... First of all, you gave every round to Diego, who got dropped in the second round. It was a knockdown, how does Diego win that round? It's not possible. I don't know how you can vote against him, but it goes to show that you're never safe. That's as bad as it gets."
Pearson has also appealed to the New Mexico athletic commission to overturn the inexplicable decision. Are you happy that Pearson will at least not miss out on his win bonus?
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