Dominick Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw fought for 25 minutes, in an exciting, entertaining, and very technical match up for the UFC bantamweight crown. It was also very close, and the judges ended up with a split decision that awarded the former champion with the victory and the belt he never lost in the Octagon.
It was a special moment, and a great story for Cruz, but with close fights there will always be an eye looking towards the scores. Seen below are the official scorecards (HT: MMA Fighting):
Judge Dave Ginsberg gave it 48-47 for Cruz, giving him the first 3 rounds. Judge Tony Weeks gave it 49-46 Cruz, giving the last 4 rounds to the new champion. Finally, judge Sal D'Amato gave it 49-46 to Dillashaw, with TJ winning rounds 1, 3, 4 and 5.
It is interesting to note that Round 4 was seen by most as the strongest round for Dillashaw, but Weeks still gave it to Cruz. That said, getting it "right" on that round, wouldn't have changed the outcome and Cruz would've still won the split decision.
For what it's worth, I personally scored it for Cruz, while Dallas Winston over at our play-by-play had it as a draw. Either way, it was a great fight, and such a closely contested bout. Put any and all pitchforks down, as there really isn't a robbery here.