Unfortunately, one of the primary talking points emerging from last weekend’s UFC 119 event had nothing to do with the performance of an athlete but rather the job done by ringside officials. While questionable scoring is not a new topic in Mixed Martial Arts, the ugly issue reared its head again at the show in a significant way thanks to more than one eyebrow-raising result.
One of the victims of the judges’ expertise or lack thereof was lightweight Jeremy Stephens who found himself on the wrong end of a split decision against Melvin Guillard after serving as an aggressor throughout the bulk of the bout. Stephens recently took to popular MMA forum The Underground and expressed his surprise over the manner in which he walked away from Indianapolis a loser.
“ It wasn’t a good/exciting fight like I typically put up, but I always fight to win the KO and FOTN bonus, so sorry he kept running and I didn’t get an exciting fight for you all,” Stephens explained. “I pushed forward the whole fight, dropped him a couple times, and I never got hurt or put on my back. I’m still not sure how I didn’t get the win. It sucks, but I’ll be back better then ever. I wish he came to stand in the middle and fight. Regardless, I won.”
Prior to the loss, “Lil Heathen” had won back-to-back fights. He is 17-6 overall in his career and holds notable victories over Sam Stout and Cole Miller.