Contentious judges’ decisions are nothing new to the UFC. And after this Saturday’s UFC 123 main event between Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida, the judges struck again.
The first two rounds were evenly matched, but Lyoto took a considerable advantage in the last round. The way the judges saw it, though, Rampage was a bit better in the first two rounds, giving him an accumulative advantage.
As his arm was raised the victor, Jackson bore a surprised look on his face and expressed his feelings when he took the mic.
“That fight was so close, it was unfair for Machida. I have to give him a rematch,” he remarked.
“Quinton is a great champion. He recognized my victory, but let’s move on. I did my best, the judges, judge,” replied Lyoto.
To the organization’s president, Dana White, the outcome was fair.