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The UFC 247 main event was close, with Jon Jones winning a Unanimous Decision. However, one judge, Joe Soliz, head coach at TX 3rd Coast MMA and black belt in "Brazilian Jui-Jitsu", scored the fight 4-1 Jones, something commentator Joe Rogan correctly characterized as "insane."
Soliz attempted to defend the scoring on his social network.
Let me explain my scoring of the main event to end controversy— Alfie MMA (@Alfie_McManus) February 9, 2020
If you look at the stats, Reyes did not advance for one bit during the fight.
Jones was clearly the most dominant fighter and won round 2 3 4and 5.
I have been working for the Texas commission for years I know my job.
To elaborate.— Alfie MMA (@Alfie_McManus) February 9, 2020
Dominick Reyes advanced for only 9% of the fight.
You cannot win a fight or a round without advancing this is one of the most basic parts of scoring in this sport.
I could concede and understand that the second round was close but even then Jones would still win.
https://t.co/dHeCtSzq71— Alfie MMA (@Alfie_McManus) February 9, 2020
This is the last update of the judging criteria that we are asked to base our scoring on in the state of Texas.
My judging is in perfect accordance with those.
Unfortunately, the document he linked to does not support his interpretation. Soliz argues that "You cannot win a fight or a round without advancing this is one of the most basic parts of scoring in this sport." However, the rules dictate that Effective Aggressiveness and Fighting Area Control only become relevant if Effective Striking/Grappling is 100% equal.
Adding further confusion, the scorecard lists the bout as a Majority Draw, which it was not. And it begins with typing generated by an automated system, that apparently failed at some point, and the rest was hand done.
Texas is a great state, but Saturday's regulation wasn't up to speed.