Jan Blachowicz managed yet another impressive underdog victory at UFC 259 when he scored a unanimous decision win against Israel Adesanya. Blachowicz ran away with the fight on the scorecards with scores of 49-45, 49-45, and 49-46 passed in from Derek Cleary, Junichiro Kamijo, and Sal D’Amoto respectively.
The 49-45 scores recognized a 10-8 round for Blachowicz in round five and that’s something that UFC president Dana White definitely didn’t agree with.
“The scoring was insane,” White said during the UFC 259 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “These guys are giving out 10-8 rounds like f*cking… there were two rounds in that fight that they gave a 10-8. When I came up in the fight business, a 10-8 was an ass-whupping. You got your ass whupped. You didn’t do sh*t in that round and got beat down if it was a 10-8.
“This 10-8 sh*t’s is out of control right now. So hopefully, we can get this fixed. They’re going to screw up a lot of fights, they’re handing out 10-8s like that. There was no 10-8 in that fight.”
Most fans and media agree. The last two rounds were clearly Blachowicz rounds but they didn’t feel like 10-8 rounds.
In this video, Patrick Auger, Matthew Wells, and Drake Riggs discuss the Blachowicz vs. Adesanya scores and also some of the other scores from UFC 259. Wells and Riggs also share some insight into how they arrived at their 48-47 Adesanya scorecards.
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