October 25, 2009
The firestorm has just begun. If you missed it last night. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua gave UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida a great fight but dropped a unanimous decision (48-47 on all cards).
It's been difficult to find anyone who gave Machida the nod. In fact, the word "robbed" has been used often. Fighters like Shane Carwin and Joe Lauzon pointed out that Rua made a mistake by not attacking more and leaving the fight in the hands of the judges.
The only fighter we could find on Twitter who agreed with the decision was Josh Thomson. For a few hours after the fight, he argued with followers.
On the flip side, the most angry guy was Jamie Varner. The 25-year-old is a bit of a powderkeg. He called the decision the worst in UFC history.
Worst decision in fight history?
Cagewriter was cageside and had the fight 48-47 for Rua, but I didn't feel one ounce of outrage when the decision was announced. It was a tight fight with four rounds that were difficult to score.
Believe me, anyone who attended the Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight at Madison Square Garden in 1999 knows that was a real injustice. Most observers had Lewis winning by three or more rounds. It was called a draw when one judge scored it 115-115 and Eugenia Williams scored 115-113 for Holyfield.
Fighters aren't showing much perspective on this one. Close decisions are part of the game. Don't we all win in the end? In 2010, we'll get another war between these guys. Seems to me the level of outrage here is similar to the amount of over-hype that ensued when Machida crushed Evans and became the "unbeatable" force.
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