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UFC 166 results recap: Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye

A solid fight from two game opponents was marred by judging controversy.

Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Spor

Women's Bantamweight Jessica Eye (11-1) won a controversial split decision over Sarah Kaufman (16-3) on the FS1 prelims for UFC 166. Both Eye and Kaufman were making their promotional debuts.

The ladies went back and fourth for the full 15 minutes of their 3 round fight. They traded strikes pretty equally through the first two round in the clinch and at range. In the third, Kaufman hurt Eye and poured it on, but couldn't finish. When Eye was announced the winner of the split decision, many conceded that she could have edged out the first two rounds. However, it came out later that one judge awarded her the third round, which was clearly Kaufman's most dominant.

What was the high point of the fight?

Without a doubt, the third round where Kaufman had Eye reeling. It started with a straight right and Kaufman continued to land until Eye clinched up. She landed a couple more after escaping the clinch before Eye recovered.

Where do they go from here?

It was an incredibly close and somewhat controversial, but getting a win in your UFC debut is a big deal for any fighter. For her next fight she should face the winner of Amanda Nunes and Germaine De Randamie at UFC Fight Night 31.

Kaufman shouldn't feel too bad coming off the loss. She had a good showing, and the UFC is typically sympathetic to judging controversies. For her next bout she can face the loser of Jessica Andrade and Rosi Sexton at UFC Fight Night 30.

Watch it now, never, or later?

Unless you're really looking to start an argument about judging in MMA, you can wait on this one.

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