Ross Pearson Seeks Justice After Worst Call of All Time, Officially Appeals Decision
If you didn’t see Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 last night, let us break it down for you: Ross Pearson hit Diego Sanchez in the face repeatedly far more than Diego Sanchez hit him. But when the decision was announced, it was Sanchez’s hand that was raised. Worst decision in MMA? Yeah probably. And we’re not alone in thinking that.
The Telegraph reports that Pearson and his head coach Eric Del Fierro officially filed a complaint with the New Mexico Athletic Commission after the fight. It almost definitely won’t be overturned, however. Once home cooking has been scarfed down, it’s not likely to be thrown back up (unless it’s a quail egg). Dana White hasn’t issued any kind of rant (or incredulous defense of) the decision. He’ll probably just ignore it.
Pearson was coming off a no contest via illegal knee against Melvin Guillard back in late October. Prior to that he had beaten Ryan Couture and George Sotiropoulos. With the questionable bullshit split decision win, Sanchez snaps a two-fight losing streak.
Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson Fight Metric report supports 'ROBBERY' cries
If one million people watched all 15 minutes of the Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson fight (check out the highlights here) from last night's (Sat., June 7, 2014) UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it's safe to assume only one of them thought Sanchez won all three rounds.
That one just so happened to be one of the judges presiding over the bout.
Another judge scored it for Sanchez two rounds to one, giving him the split decision victory. The other judge, whom the majority of fans and pundits agreed with, scored it 30-27 for Pearson.
That's one hell of a disparity among judges, no?
Naturally, it's worth looking at the statistics (via the fine folks at Fight Metric) to see how they align with popular opinion and to that end, this probably won't surprise you.
That's almost embarrassing. The only measure you could argue Pearson lost was aggression and Octagon control but does that override every other metric?
It shouldn't. As Color Commentator Kenny Florian said immediately after the bout at his first opportunity, "with all due respect to Diego Sanchez, he did not win that fight".
Your thoughts, Maniacs?