Felipe Arantes And Milton Vieira Ends As a Split Draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
The opening bout of UFC 147 saw some strange scoring. The featherweight bout between Milton Vieira and Felipe Arantes went to a split draw, despite it being pretty obvious (at least to me) that Arantes had picked up two rounds. Vieira controlled the first round and threatened with a choke, but he was largely outstruck for the last two barring one big wheel kick late in the second round.
The judges had it 29-28 for Arantes, 29-28 for Vieira, and a strange 28-28 score. That means that one judge likely gave Vieira a 10-8 first round, then two 10-9's to Arantes in the second and third.
The bout saw Vieira threaten early on the ground as mentioned above, but he couldn't get it to the ground over the last two rounds and ate a healthy amount of jabs and leg kicks over that time. The wheel kick Vieira landed was clearly the biggest strike of the fight, but he was taken down approximately two seconds after it landed and it certainly didn't seem to be enough to win the round.
Either way, Arantes goes to 1-1-1 in the UFC. Vieira was making his UFC debut.