Many of these decisions will go back to the old adage “you have to take the title from the champion,” and this fight was no exception. While watching this fight, I gave Machida one maybe two rounds (if I was feeling very generous.) Rua blasted Machida with so many kicks he could barely stand by the end, and still the decision was given to “the Dragon” Machida. Karma reared its head, however, when Rua got his revenge by KO a few months later. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Francis Carmont seems to have gotten the benefit of the doubt on several occasions in the Octagon and when he fought Lorenz Larkin it was no exception. But for a few takedowns, it seemed to me that Larkin controlled almost the entire fight. The judges, once again, saw it a different way and gave the controversial decision to Carmont. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports This lightweight bout between Takanori Gomi and Diego Sanchez had Gomi as an underdog coming in. He surprised a lot of us with his effectiveness throughout the entire fight in almost every aspect. Yet, he found himself on the wrong end of a split decision, despite 12 out of 12 media outlets scoring the fight for Gomi. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports Fabio Maldonado goes to the body better than almost any other UFC fighter out there. Yet, the judges seem to ignore when he pounds away at his opponents’ rib cage. In his fights against both Igor Pokrajac and Kyle Kingsbury I thought he beat them up and was the obvious aggressor. Still, the judges didn’t see it that way and robbed him of two wins and, almost robbed him of a UFC career. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Machida makes this list again, but this time is on the opposite end of the spectrum, he was the one getting screwed. While Phil Davis was able to secure a few takedowns during the fight, he did not do much else. It was obvious to me and 13 out of 13 media outlets that the decision should have gone to Machida. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports When Demetrious Johnson fought Ian McCall for the first time he seemed to land the more effective strikes and was even able to take down, who most thought, was a better wrestler on a few occasions. McCall was so confident he had the win that he let out a warrior yell while pounding on Johnson in the 3rd round. The bout was incorrectly announced a win for Johnson (it actually was scored a draw) in what I thought should have been a fairly clear win for McCall. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports When he faced Francis Carmont, Tom Lawlor was a victim of the hometown treatment. It seemed that Lawlor controlled the fight from the beginning and threatened with several submissions (which I think should be taken much more seriously when rendering a decision.) Earlier in his career, despite gassing out in the 3rd, he once again controlled the fight when he faced off against Aarom Simpson. Still, as we now know, both fights ended with Lawlor getting robbed of a win and a win bonus. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports When Jason Brilz stepped in on short notice to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira not many people gave him a chance. He proved most MMA fans wrong by controlling, what seemed like, the whole fight. But for a submission attempt or two, I thought that Brilz was the clear winner. He lost a split decision and also put his career on a downward slide he could not recover from. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Leonard Garcia always had the fans on his side due to his extraordinarily exciting fights. When he fought Nam Pan for the first time he seemed to also have the favor of the judges. Phan was quicker to the punch the entire fight and won all three rounds in my book. The look of shock on Phan’s face when the decision was rendered said it all. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
After the debacle of a decision that was the fight between Georges St. Pierre and Johnny Hendricks a few weeks ago, I wanted to relive some of the recent decisions that have had fans scratching their heads and Dana White screaming for a change in the MMA judging. We have seen some terrible decisions over the past several years and I will try and remember some of the most prominent (If I went back any farther I would have 30 fights on this list.) Here they are (not including the St. Pierre fight), in no specific order, the Worst Decisions in Recent UFC History.