Bantamweight top-ten contender, Pedro Munhoz, is still angry about his loss to John Dodson at UFC 222. In very close bout, the Brazilian ended up dropping a split decision in an event that ended up tied for the most split decisions ever in a single card with five, alongside UFC Fight Night 79, in November 2015.
As Munhoz told Combate, he felt like the scorecards made little to no sense to him, as he believes he did enough to warrant the victory.
“I was trying to feel his strength in the first round, his power. I noticed it was more speed than power. So in the second and in the third, I started throwing more aggressive punches and kicks, I kicked him in the face. It was clear we won the second round and the first one we weren’t sure about. He threw some ineffective strikes, always walking backwards and sideways. I was hunting him down the whole time. It was a frustrating decision. I looked at the statistics and the numbers were pretty close, but I beat him 25 to 3 in kicks and controlled the cage for over 13 minutes.
“He was trying to survive, walking backwards and scoring points. Is the winner the one who scores points? The one who’s aggressive and controls the cage loses? It’s complicated. The kick he said that hit in the nuts, I think he was overplaying it, it hit him closer to his stomach or his bladder. I’m always looking for a finish. It sucks to leave it for the judges. I won the second and third rounds. The first one could’ve gone either way.”
In order to mitigate dubious decisions, Munhoz believes fighters and promotions should investigate judges’ credentials further, before allowing them to determine the outcome of professional MMA bouts.
“One judge gave all three rounds to Dodson, 30 to 27. What fight was he watching? We should know more about judges and their concepts of scoring. The referee always goes in the locker room and talks to us, but the judges? We don’t even know who they are. What’s their MMA background? How do they see and judge a fight? Is it effectiveness? Aggressiveness? Passiveness? Even a layman could tell I was the aggressor, 100% of the time. There should be reunion with them days before the fight so they could tell what kind of background they have before they can score an MMA fight.”