I just finished watching Jesse “Water” Bongfeldt vs Rafael “Sapo” Natal from last weekend’s UFC 124 show (props to my #1 bookmark for fight vids, Fight Hymn), and once again there was some weird judging down. All three judges scored it a draw — which I actually agree with — but according to Bruce Buffer, they all scored it 30-30, meaning all three judges must have scored all three rounds 10-10.
Now, Round 1 was probably the best example of a draw round I can remember, and a pretty exciting one too. Round 2 was mostly Natal controlling Water on the ground (but not really threatening that much), despite Bongfeldt scoring a knockdown and a bit of GnP right at the start… I could maybe see scoring this one a draw based on weighing the knockdown against Natal’s control of the rest of the round, but I would have probably given it 10-9 to Natal. But Round 3 was all The Bong (largely due to Napal gassing out), but not dominant enough to earn a 10-8.
Bottom line, a 29-29 draw should be the result. Did Bruce Buffer read it wrong, was there some other kind of goof like that, or did these guys really judge this fight entirely even?