Ian McCall got robbed.
At the very least, the man deserved a 10-8 in the third round, which was one of his best rounds, but apart from a second round that most gave to Demetrious Johnson, it was McCall that did serious work in the stand-up department, it was McCall that effectively damaged Johnson after taking him down multiple times throughout the fight, and it was McCall that seemed in control of the action from bell to bell for the first and the third rounds.
Johnson put up a great fight, and he did push the action to the best of his abilities, but was everything he did on the feet better than everything McCall did on the ground to try and finish the fight?
MMA Weekly has since reported that the decision, which went as a "split decision" to Johnson, has been overturned and that a rematch of McCall vs. Johnson will happen.
There should not be any doubt about whether this is the correct move because the rematch officially became cemented in stone as the correct move in the exact minute Johnson's name came out of Bruce Buffer's mouth in announcing the winner of the bout.
Not to take anything away from Johnson because, again, he did push the pace on McCall at times and he did hurt McCall occasionally during the fight. However, he did not inflict much damage, if any, to McCall, and even the shots he hurt McCall with were shaken off with a smile.
A flawed and blatantly incompetent judging system, already equipped with an inconsistent criteria, but now loaded with commissioners that seem to lack communication skills at this point in time, defeated "Uncle Creepy," the winner of Friday's fight, regardless of the name that came out of Buffer's mouth, and all despite McCall showing his own degree of aggression, as well as effective striking, Octagon control, killer instinct and and all-around better game, combined with a little bit of heart and confidence in his own abilities.
Again, Johnson came to fight and deserves credit, but at the end of the day he's warming up McCall's spot across the cage from Joseph Benavidez for the time being.
When the rematch happens, here's hoping that despicably-inconsistent system of judging gets it right for once.
And to the commissioner of the athletic commission overseeing the bout, as well as the judges of the rematch, make sure you're 100 percent on your call before you rob another fighter of his win, if it's not asking too much.
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