Although the word “robbing” is often carelessly left behind and often prejudiced, nothing can irritate MMA fans more than incorrect scoring. Through the Robbery Review, we will review the controversial battle and determine whether the judge’s decision was properly criticized or whether the expert needs to check his own subconscious reaction.
This year, we introduced Robbery Review on the website, and we need to check some doubts before we can start. The man-marking match between Israel’s Adesanya and Yoel Romero made fans angry and questioned whether the “Last Bent” was enough to maintain his title. The UFC on ESPN 8 gave After three of our controversial calls, which needed further review, Alexander Volkanovski won another decisive victory against Max Holloway, although the distance was closer the second time.
Nevertheless, due to the size of the round, the turbulent response of social media, and the long-term impact, I think the struggle mentioned in the first edition of the Robery Review is the most worthy of attention until the critical juncture of 2020. The impact of the verdict on the soldiers and their divisions.
Joan Jones versus Dominick Reyes (UFC 247, February 8)
Jon Jones is no longer invincible.
At least that was a popular theory that entered his first (and later proved lonely) title protection in 2020. Of course, “Bone” is still undefeated, but for the first time since his earliest UFC era, someone questioned his dominance. His general issues (July 2019 allegations of misconduct, March 2020 DWI and gun-related allegations) and a pair of bland title defenses can easily attract the attention of critics.
Jones beat Anthony Smith at UFC 235. This was a biased decision, but few people encountered danger in the round, so that the lack of finish was disappointing. In Jones’ next defense against Thiago Santos at UFC 239, a judge’s credentials avoided losing his belt because he made a split decision in a fierce duel with Maretta.
Next is Dominick Reyes (Dominick Reyes), with moderate expectations. On most betting sites, Reyes is like Santos, a 3-1 or 4-1 loser, and his winning process has had its ups and downs. After eliminating the top three UFC opponents in more than 7 minutes, Reyes performed well in the decision to defeat veteran Owens St. Prix, and then faced the nearest champion challenger Vulcan Ozmed After making a very thin decision to break up, he performed well. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s first-round draw looked good enough to get Reyes to fight Jones, but it doesn’t fully show whether he can defeat one of America’s greatest fighters. All day long.
On paper, Reyes has the tools to become a threat. The former NFL hopeful “Destroyer” will not be at a disadvantage in the athletic ability of the talented Jones, but he feels lucky with the quick strike ability that the loser wants to overthrow the King. He was as advertised on the night of the fight, and appeared relaxed and confident in the first round against Jones.
Jones’s strategy in his best results is elusive and diverse (this problem also appeared in the battle between Smith and Santos). From the outside, it feels like Reyes is controlling the game. Is Reyes winning the battle or is it better than expected?
Watching it live, I let Reyes win the first three rounds on my own scorecard. When I re-watched the first “Heist Review” battle, this did not change. In seeking to establish basic standards and clarify my prejudices, this is what I wrote at the time:
It is important for me to disclose that my standards for robbery are high because I think the term is overused and often does not respect the efforts of winners. I should also add that during the main event on Saturday, I found myself consciously trying to deal with the prejudice of “Challenger’s performance exceeded expectations” so as not to give Reyes more honor than his requested performance.
Therefore, even with special attention to what Jones did, I still lean towards Reyes. The judge disagreed and awarded the battle to Jones with scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46.
I think the round is a robbery, especially after the official UFC statistics are included (Reyes won six major strikes in the first round, 11 wins in the second round, and 7 wins in the third round), although this is not an amazing indicator of effectiveness. , But they do help Reyes’ case in this situation. This is not to say that Reyes detonated Jones, but if the decision is based on who has won more rounds, then Reyes was the better man that night. In my eyes, Jones just didn’t do enough.
The ensuing discussion around this battle was so intense that it covered up the actual robbery that year, that is, Lauren Murphy defeated Andrea Lee in the UFC 247 qualifier. According to the MMA Decisions survey, none of the media members are fighting for Murphy, and more than 90% of users submit scores support Lee. The decision ranked first on the site’s list of the most controversial decisions last year, based on the average ratio of media and supporters agreed with the judges. Jones-Reyes didn’t even make the top ten, just received an honorary award.
However, what is more important to me is that Reyes’ loss is still spreading. Jones is still the champion, regardless of close combat or not. He had no interest in the game with Reyes or Santos. Instead, he became involved in a public dispute with the UFC for compensation, which eventually led to his withdrawal from the lightweight championship and announced his intention to pursue the heavyweight championship. The lightweight champion will compete again in September.
Instead of using a belt to fasten his belt for the next battle, Reyes was vacated for the championship battle against Jan Brakovic, who eventually became the latest victim of Brakovic’s iconic Polish power . Just like that, Reyes went from a semi-championship to his first career losing streak. Jones’ absence also opened the door for UFC middleweight champion Israeli Adishanya. The super battle with Brakovic is expected to be held in March this year. UFC Chairman Dana White hopes that there will be a fight between Jones and Adishanya. The grudge match is still in progress.
It is fair to say that if Reyes received a call from the judge at UFC 247, none of this would have happened. He didn’t. Look at where we are now. This is why this is still the most important controversial decision of 2020.
Based on the number of fights that can actually be considered robberies and their impact on the immediate prospects of each competitor, here is my ranking of the eight fights conducted in 2020:
- Jones and Reyes
Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Theron 2 (UFC 249, May 9)
Claudia Gadelha vs. Angela Hill (UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16)
Dan Ige vs. Edson Barboza (UFC, ESPN 8, May 16)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2 (UFC 251, July 11)
Song Yadong vs. Marlon Vera (UFC on ESPN 8, May 16)
Israel Adsanya vs. Yoel Romero (UFC 248, March 7)
Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munhoz (UFC, August 22, ESPN 15)
But to be honest, what do I know? Some people are actually trying to find the truth about these things in order to find the truth, so that’s why I turned to the people from the MMA Judgment Team. What they thought of the biggest robbery in 2020, and the answers surprised me.
“The most controversial decision of 2020 is Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway participate in UFC 251“, Verdict MMA chief data scientist David Chung told MMA Fighting via email. “Verdict MMA’s Global Scorecard shows the average of all scores on the platform. This can be traced back to Aristotle’s “Wisdom of the Crowd”, which holds that the collective views of a group of people are more accurate than the views of a single expert. The average score shows the closeness or advantage of a round of competition by dividing the number into decimal points. The decision uses a more refined method to score MMA. “
“Based on the data, Holloway’s scoring in the first and second rounds is obvious,” Chung continued. “The battle began to approach from the third round. Holloway narrowly won the third round of the global scorecard with a 0.04 gap. Volkanovsky continued to win the fourth and fifth rounds. The same as the competitiveness shown by the data.”
The Verdict MMA system puts more energy on the dominant round, which is why Holloway scored high in the first and second rounds. At the end of these two rounds, he obviously staggered Vokanowski (although it should be noted that no Holloway was defeated in the game by official statistics).
“There is a clear difference between the advantages of Holloway’s first two rounds and Volkanowski’s third round, so why do these scores have the same weight?” Zhong said. “Their results are official, but not on the global scorecard.”
The third round was very close, and almost no one seemed to argue that Volkanovsky was fighting for the championship round advantage. Volkanovski’s first match against Holloway was more convincing (he won two 48-47 scores, and a judge even gave him 50-45 points), while the second was against Volkanovski’s second victory Close to Holloway’s 48-47 score. Lonely 48-47.
In other words, I don’t think this round is a robbery. This is what I wrote in the comments:
Holloway was the two best strikes of the night-no dispute. But with the benefit of re-watching, one can see that Volkanovsky himself also made a lot of hard work, especially in the late game. It was by no means that he was just throwing a “confusing” ball. Although he could not repay his favor with the obviously stunning Holloway, there must be some moments for the challenger to stop.
I also think that Holloway’s early success has shaped the narrative into the third round, and his performance is much better than his performance on UFC 245. Volkanovski’s own efforts cannot be ignored, it is not his fault that the current scoring system led to a 10-8 second absence. Given the standard, he fought a victory.
I also added: “The ten o’clock system must be terrible.” But please don’t believe me, this is Verdict MMA, and the decision is final.
Chung said: “Holloway beat Volkanowski on Verdict’s global scorecard with a difference of 1.23.” “When you look at our scorecard, you will see that many fights have a final score difference of 0.5. Below. Those are close-range battles. The 1.23 difference is very significant, which is why we listed the rematch between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway as the most controversial decision of 2020.”