June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mike Pyle (right) struggles with Josh Neer in the second round of their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Last's week's UFC on FX 3 card in Florida featured some wacky reffing and judging, but the craziest thing of the night was definitely the scorecards in the matchup between Mike Pierce and Carlos Eduardo Rocha. The bout was clearly dominated by Pierce, but one judge (Ric Bays) somehow scored the fight 30-27 for Rocha. It was assumed by many, including myself, that was just a mistake. But no one said anything about it in the hours and days after the fight, which made it seem like it was legit (and terrible).
There's light at the end of the tunnel though - MMA Junkie confirmed that was indeed a mistake:
Officials with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the Florida Boxing Commission, on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that judge Ric Bays, whose score was read as 30-27 for Rocha, had scored the fight in error.
"After the fight, Ric Bays informed the Commission that he scored the wrong corner and asked for a correction," said Sandi Poreda, the director of communications for the FDBPR. "As the other fight was starting, the commission changed it on the official record."
That's fine and dandy. Mistakes happen. But Pierce says no one informed him that it was an error. Check out what he had to say after the jump. It's actually pretty amusing.
"I was unaware that the judge scored it for the wrong corner, nor was I told," Pierce said. "My thoughts on the outcome still remain the same. Judges have had a bad rap for a while now, and it's instances like this that don't help their case any."
"So he scored it for the wrong corner – is that supposed to make me feel better?" Pierce said. "Look, these guys are supposed to be professionals like me. Maybe I hold myself to a higher standard, but if all I had to do was keep track of who's winning a round every five minutes, it would be an easy day at the office. I don't know what's worse: Scoring it for Rocha 30-27, or saying he accidentally put the scores down wrong on the card. Come on, pal – you only have two options: red or blue. Bruce Buffer even starts out by introducing us from the red or blue corners. I'm pretty sure my girlfriend's 12-year-old couldn't even (expletive) that up. It seriously makes you wonder where the hell they get these people."