Pierce split decision over Rocha was actually unanimous

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Last week UFC President Dana White offered some measured words about the organization’s experience at UFC on FX 3 in Florida.

Among the most notable shortcomings was Mike Pierce’s split decision win over Carlos Eduardo Rocha, which, it was unanimously agreed by all in attendance, should have been a unanimous decision.

As it turns out, it was in fact unanimous.

The story broke on Tuesday.

The Florida State Boxing Commission’s published results for Pierce/Rocha list the win as a unanimous decision in favour of Pierce.

Looks like the decision was either read wrong or recorded wrong.

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Now MMAJunkie provides the details.

MMAjunkie.com has learned Pierce’s split-decision win really was a unanimous decision sweep of the scorecards for him – he just wouldn’t find out until four days later.

“When they read 30-27 for Rocha, I was like, ‘What the f—? Great, here we go again,'” Pierce said in an e-mail.

Officials with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the Florida Boxing Commission, on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that judge Ric Bays, whose score was read as 30-27 for Rocha, had scored the fight in error.

“After the fight, Ric Bays informed the Commission that he scored the wrong corner and asked for a correction,” said Sandi Poreda, the director of communications for the FDBPR. “As the other fight was starting, the commission changed it on the official record.”

Several key MMA databases still list Pierce’s win as a split decision, and his official fighter bio page at UFC.com also has him down for a split. So word didn’t travel very far very fast after the apparent correction was made to Bays’ scorecard on Friday night.

“I was unaware that the judge scored it for the wrong corner, nor was I told,” Pierce said. “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 f— that up. It seriously makes you wonder where the hell they get these people.”

“I’m glad I got the the W. But it doesn’t change my opinion on the gross incompetencies of some of these judges.”

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