UFC 165 saw 6 of 13 fights go the distance, and while the one that will be debated the most over the next several days is Jon Jones/Alexander Gustafsson, there were two bouts on the preliminary card that appeared to be clear-cut to everyone except one judge.
Brian Beauchamp had previously never judged a UFC event, but he made his debut yesterday and only had two scorecards to hand in. and both were met with criticism. The first fight to go the distance was between bantamweights Alex Caceres and Roland Delorme. Round 1 was quite clearly Delorme's while Caceres used his striking to take rounds 2 and 3. Judges Graham Bettes and Benoit Roussel scored it 29-28 Caceres, but Beauchamp somehow sat 29-28 Delorme. According to MMA Decisions, 12 of 13 media members had 29-28 Caceres.
The very next bout of the evening was between lightweights Michel Prazeres and Jesse Ronson. Prazeres dominated round 1 and much of round 2 with takedowns, punishing top control as well as an early rear naked choke attempt. Ronson only really got back into the fight as Prazeres started to tire late in the 2nd. Round 3 was definitively a Ronson round as he landed the better strikes and after a late takedown by Prazeres he countered with his own last second takedown and desperation ground-and-pound. Judges Bettes and Roussel scored the bout 29-28 Prazeres, but again Beauchamp had a differing opinion. All but one media member scored it for Prazeres.
Unfortunately, there's no round-by-round breakdown for any of the fights that went the distance, so we'll never know how the rounds were properly scored. According to journalist Adam Martin, who was on-site at the arena, Beauchamp explained his reasoning for both scores:
I talked to the judge who scored splits for Ronson and Delorme. In both instances he felt they were the more effective strikers.— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) September 22, 2013
For those who watched the fights in question, do you agree with Beauchamp's cards and/or his reasoning?
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