One of 2013’s most controversial decisions has been overturned.
According to a report by sherdog.com, The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has changed Jessica Eye’s split-decision win over Sarah Kaufman to a no decision. No official reason has been given for the change.
Eye and Kaufman engaged in a close three round battle this past October at UFC 166. Each of the first two rounds were tightly contested but it seemed as if Eye edged the first round while Kaufman took the second. Kaufman pulled away in the third round, which looked to be the most clear cut of the fight.
Kaufman’s third round was all for not as two of three judges cageside gave Eye the victory. Eye winning the fight wasn’t too crazy but one of the scorecards turned in raised multiple eyebrows. Judge Ruben Najera, who scored the fight for Eye, gave Eye the first and third round. If Najera had followed the proper judging criteria, he would have given Kaufman the third round and the victory.
The decision is unfortunate for Eye, but is a gain for the sport as a whole. Kaufman deserved to win the fight. There is no debate that Kaufman won the third round so it’s only fair for the decision to be changed. A no decision does not compare to a victory by any means, but it lets Kaufman know that she should have won.
Far too often, fighters have eight weeks of hard work in the gym thrown into the trash by incompetent judging. If more athletic commissions put decisions under review, it would only help further legitimize mixed martial arts, keep accusations of fight fixing from marring the sport, and improve the happiness of the competitors.
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