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UFC 86: Judges’ Scorecards For Griffin vs. Jackson, Possible Rematch

The Ultimate Fighting Championships completed another fight
card this past weekend over in Las Vegas, Nevada with
UFC 86.  The main event featured Quinton "Rampage" Jackson versus Forrest
Griffin for the light heavyweight title.

Sadly, the judges clearly had another poor performance since
the Matt Hamill vs. Michael Bisping fight.  We’re not necessarily talking
about who really won the fight, but the judge’s score cards were absolutely
horrendous.

This is how the judges scored it:

  • Nelson Hamilton had it 48-46 with Round 1 and 4 for Jackson and Griffin acquired Rounds 2, 3 and 5 (Round 2 was scored with a 10-8)
  • Roy Silbert scored it 49-46 and only Round 4 was given to Jackson
  • Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 48-46.  He gave 4 and 5 to Jackson and Griffin 1, 2, and 3

Honestly, I really don’t understand how Adalaide gave Round
1 to Griffin and then we see Roy giving ONLY one round to Rampage (round
4)?!  It just doesn’t make sense at all whether you thought Griffin or Rampage took
the fight.  There are still tons of debates going on around the internet as
we add another bout to the list of horrible judging.  The scores simply
gave the former champ absolutely no respect.  Rampage couldn’t say it
any better than this:

"I feel like if you’re the champ, somebody got to beat the champ.
But it was unanimous. I’m not a judge…I was surprised he won the fight, cause I
could have swore I dropped him a couple times, I power bombed him, and then it
was unanimous, I’m kind of surprised about that"

Hopefully Dana White can agree with the discrepancy and make
the rematch happen as soon as possible. Both fighters seem to agree that a rematch has to be done eventually. Hopefully it does actually happen before Griffin or Rampage decide
to move on to another weight class, Bisping style.

Here’s what Dana White (President of the UFC) had to say
about a possible Griffin vs. Jackson 2:

“Rampage wants a rematch. Forrest said he’d give him a rematch. A rematch
would probably be good for everyone involved. But there’s a lot of different
things involved.”

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. UFC Addict

    July 9, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I personally think Forrest Griffin deserved to win, THE champ is supposed to be the best fighter on its class and no other fighter should even be a real challenge, Rampage did promise Griffin the fight would not go to decision, he even made a “bet” on the show saying that if it went to decision he would give his entire purse to Griffin, and guess what? it went to decision, he even almost got submitted. So, do I think Griffin is the champ? hell yes, the champ should be the one with the best performance and that night Griffin was the champ. Now… your opinion is not wrong, but it is just an opinion, you must love Rampage but a loss is a loss and it doesnt matter if it is by a punch or two or a takedown or a submission attempt, IT’S STILL A LOSS.

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