Nearly everyone, save for Diego Sanchez and his supporters, was up in arms when the scorecards were read following Sanchez’s fight with Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 on Saturday night in Albuquerque, N.M.
The general consensus following the fight was that Pearson clearly won at least two of the three round, with most people seeming to think he won all three.
But when the scorecards were read, jaws crashed to the floor, as the judges gave a split-decision nod to Sanchez on his home turf.
What especially rocked most spectators was judge Jeff Collins’ scoring. He scored all three rounds in Sanchez’s favor. Even the judge that scored it 29-28 for Sanchez couldn’t justify giving the New Mexican the second round, in which Pearson dropped Sanchez to the canvas. Collins, however, did. (Click here to see the official scorecard.)
It immediately became regarded as one of the worst decisions in MMA history. Pearson’s camp is even reportedly filing an appeal.
The scoring, of course, didn’t go unnoticed by UFC president Dana White, who told UFC.com on Tuesday that he believed Collins should never be allowed to judge another fighter of this caliber.
He also said that, having reviewed the fight, he is going to give Pearson the $30,000 win bonus he should have gotten had the judges scored the bout in his favor.
“Diego lost that fight. 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,” said White.
“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.”