UFC: Fight Night 76 – AKA: The All Fight Pass Prelims Show
This show has zero star power, but a lot of potential for fun fights, and since the main card is virtually the same as the undercard in terms of name value, I’m going to score all the fights.
Changes to today’s event…
No longer will I be providing my Classic Ten score. I’ll only be reporting the official scores and results and my True Ten score and results. It’s too hard for me to try and score a fight in my head using two systems. It’s not that it’s physically difficult, but it can be tricky to objectively distinguish between the two. Remember, my system is simply the current system but using potential round scores of 10-10 all the way down to 10-5.
Questioning the Decision…
On our last event, we had one whacky decision. Well, more like a whacky circumstance. It occurred in the Tom Marcellino vs. Nick Newell fight. As you may remember, Newell is the one-armed fighter, and he won the fight This is how it was scored:
Official Results: Unanimous decision for Nick Newell (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
My Classic Ten: Rd1) 10-9 Newell, Rd2) 10-9 Newell, Rd 3) 10-9 Marcellino
True Ten: Rd1) 10-9 Newell, Rd2) 10-10, Rd3) 10-9 Marcellino
Result: 29-29 Draw
Further Analysis: At the end of the second round, instead of the 10-second blocks being clacked, the timekeeper clanged the bell. This occurred just as Marcellino knocked down Newell and could have possibly finished. He didn’t because the ref stopped the round. During the confusion, the ref just decided that it was an error, and we’re moving on to round three. Upon the reading of the decision, Marcellino was pissed, and rightfully so. I think he could have a case if he protested, but he probably won’t. This was one of those fights that any score was possible as the first and the third were clear, but the second was a coin toss. Why not score it a draw?
One with the show…
145: Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford
Official Results: Elkins by Unanimous Decision
Judges: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
True Ten: Rd1) 10-9 Elkins, Rd2) 10-8 Elkins, Rd 3) 10-6 Elkins
Analysis: Easy pick here, but another example of a round that should have been a 10-8. The third round was dominated by Elkins, which included securing a rear naked choke with 5 seconds left but Whiteford just did not tap.
185: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham
Official Result: Jotko by Split Decision
Judges: 29-28 Jotko, 29-28 Askham, 29-28 Jotko
True Ten: Rd1) 10-10 Rd2) 10-10, Rd3) 10-9 Jotko
Result: 30-29 Jotko
Analysis: Don’t be fooled by blood. Jotko maybe won the first round but barely because he was really close to being finished by that arm bar, which is why I gave it a 10-10. I don’t think Askham won a round, but I guess I’m wrong.
115: Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida
Official Result: Aisling Daly by Unanimous Decision
Judges: 30-27, 29-27, 29-28
True Ten: Rd1) 10-8 Daly, Rd2) 10-9 Daly, Rd3) 10-6
Official Result: 30-23 Daly
Analysis: I loved this fight! Baby face fire by Daly was great in the third. Only one judge gave it a 10-8 third, which I thought it pretty clearly was as well. Two judges also gave Almeida the second, so Daly’s corner was right telling her she had to win the third. By the way, you should always tell your fighter that they need to win the third.
155: Stevie Ray vs. Mickael Lebout
Official Result: Stevie Ray by Unanimous Decision
Judges: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27
True Ten: Rd1) 10-8 Ray, Rd2) 10-8 Ray, Rd3) 10-9 Ray
Result: 30-25 Ray
Analysis: Clear winner in this one. The third round was closer but I don’t think I’d have given it to Lebout like one judge.
A strong showing by my Guam buddy Jon Delos Reyes – Great battle, but an unlucky outcome tonight.
170: Darren Till vs. Nicolas Dalby
Official Result: Majority Draw
Judges: 29-28 Till, 28-28, 28-28
True Ten: Rd1) 10-8 Till, Rd2) 10-8 Till, Rd3) 10-6 Dalby
Result: 26-26 Draw
Analysis: Well, this was great a call. I figured it was going to be a unanimous decision for Till and I’d write my usual rant about not giving 10-8s, but two of these judges showed some guts because clearly the last round was a 10-8 for Dalby. It could have been stopped at least one time. Till got very lucky here.
155: Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi
Official Result: Norman Parke by Unanimous Decision
Judges: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
True Ten: Rd1) 10-8 Parke, Rd2) 10-8 Parke, Rd3) 10-9 Parke
Analysis: Nothing to report.
This ended up being a good show, with a pretty dang good main event. The judging seems to be getting better with each passing show, and by better I mean judges are using more 10-8s. That’s a step in the right direction. Is it this column that is leaving an impression? My theory is yes.