The judging at UFC 247 in Houston, Texas came under intense criticism. Most egregious was judge Joe Soliz scoring Round 1 of James Krause vs. Trevin Giles for Giles, who won via Split Decision. Soliz also was criticized for giving Andre Ewell all three rounds vs. Jonathan Martinez. And Soliz scored the main event 4-1 for Jones, leading to a deeply frustrated Joe Rogan calling his judgment in that fight "insane."
And there's more. Fan favorite and hometown hero Derrick Lewis earned a unanimous 29-28 vs. Ilir Latifi in the main card opener; Latifi, who came up to heavyweight for the first time, was not impressed.
"I'm coming from Sweden," said Latifi to Damon Martin for MMA Fighting. "I'm fighting the hometown pride, Derrick Lewis, who is one of the most favorite fighters in the UFC. I like him, too. He's funny as hell. He's humble. Nothing to take from that but I knew that I wasn't fighting just Derrick. I was fighting the judges. I was fighting everybody in that arena that night. When I came there, I knew what it was. When the fight was over, you saw Derrick's face. He knew that he lost that fight."
"I controlled my opponent for 15 minutes. I practically put him in the situation I wanted. I put him against the cage. I was grinding him and making him tired, taking out those power shots. I took him down."
"We sacrifice so much. We sacrifice our health. We leave our families. We do so much and to leave that in the hands of the judges or a commission that doesn't understand the sport or favors somebody, that's wrong."
"When fighters do wrong or they break the rules, they get punished for that. But when judges do wrong or rob people from their fights, there's no consequences for that. It's bad."
"They f*** with people's paychecks. That's 50 percent of what you get paid. It's not a game. It's so bad. ... Right now, all this situation leaves a big question mark in this sport. ... We need to see real judges in this sport that have experience in the sport. That comes from guys who have fought, who have trained, who have experience of it."