Tom Watson and Nick Catone had differing opinions on what went down Saturday night in their prelim fight at UFC 169.
Watson was left questioning the scoring of takedowns, while Catone celebrated a win in his return to New Jersey.
For Watson, a former BAMMA champion, the loss was frustrating. He appeared to get the better of Catone on the feet, but was taken down numerous times.
“I’ve seen this before with the same result,” Watson stated. “If you have a takedown, it wins you the round – whether you do anything or not.
“I came out with less damage, but I was taken down. It was difficult. I don’t know what to do.”
Watson (16-7) has now lost two straight and is just 1-3 in four UFC appearances.
For Catone (10-4), the split decision victory snapped a two-fight losing skid. It also marked his debut at middleweight after fighting at welterweight previously.
“I just wanted to get back in the win column,” he said. “I did everything I could to get the takedown in the third. I felt great in the first and second, but in the third, I felt something in my knee.”
The night, though, wasn’t all good for Catone. He posted on Twitter that he suffered a knee injury and was already in the hospital.
— Nick Catone UFC (@NickCatone) February 2, 2014