Mike Pierce’s Win At UFC On FX 3 Changed
Posted on 13 Jun 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Mike Pierce spoke with MMAJunkie about how an error by one of the judges at UFC on FX 3 changed his split decision win over Carlos Eduardo Rocha to a unanimous win.
Judge Ric Bays informed the Florida Boxing Commission after the fight that he scored the wrong corner and asked for a correction, and the change was made official today.
Here are some highlights of their talk with Pierce:
Pierce's original reaction after Bays' scoring favored Rocha: "When they read 30-27 for Rocha, I was like, 'What the (expletive)? Great, here we go again.' I was unaware that the judge scored it for the wrong corner, nor was I told. My thoughts on the outcome still remain the same. Judges have had a bad rap for a while now, and it's instances like this that don't help their case any."
"So he scored it for the wrong corner – is that supposed to make me feel better? Look, these guys are supposed to be professionals like me. Maybe I hold myself to a higher standard, but if all I had to do was keep track of who's winning a round every five minutes, it would be an easy day at the office. I don't know what's worse: Scoring it for Rocha 30-27, or saying he accidentally put the scores down wrong on the card. Come on, pal – you only have two options: red or blue. Bruce Buffer even starts out by introducing us from the red or blue corners. I'm pretty sure my girlfriend's 12-year-old couldn't even (expletive) that up. It seriously makes you wonder where the hell they get these people."
Dana White's reaction on the scoring: "There was some bad judging here, and there was some even worse reffing. But this sport is plagued with that. And to give Florida a break, it's not like we're down here every weekend like we are in Vegas. … I don't want to come out and crush the Florida commission, but these guys aren't as experienced as Nevada is, and a lot of crazy stuff happens there, too."