Edson Barboza’s staff received’t attraction his UFC on ESPN Eight defeat to Dan Ige, just because they’ll’t.
After Barboza (20-9 MMA, 14-9 UFC) misplaced a debatable cut up determination loss to Ige (14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in his featherweight debut Saturday, there was a stage of concern over the outcome. Barboza’s supervisor, Alex Davis, was chief amongst them, taking to social media and declaring an attraction could be filed over what he believes had been blatantly inaccurate scores.
Sadly, that’s not an choice. Davis informed MMA Junkie on Sunday that he had a productive dialog with Florida State Boxing Fee head Patrick Cunningham after the bout, however was knowledgeable the state solely evaluations selections underneath two particular circumstances.
“We needed to return in entrance of them and analyze the battle and present them the choice was flawed,” Davis informed MMA Junkie. “They will’t enable it as a result of for that to occur, I must accuse the judges of fraud, or Ige of getting taken (performance-enhancing medicine). I’ve no suspicion of fraud, and I don’t suppose he takes PEDs. I believe he’s an amazing fighter, and he fought rather well. I can’t attraction due to that.
“The entire world noticed Edson successful that battle. Nothing in opposition to Ige, he fought an amazing battle, and he’s a tricky man and all props to him. However the issue is, from our perspective, the scoring was flawed. We should always have the ability to take a battle earlier than the fee and attraction, and in the event that they suppose the scoring is flawed they need to have the ability to overturn. That doesn’t occur right here. The regulation doesn’t allow it to.”
Though Davis disagrees with not being allowed to current an argument on behalf of his consumer, he stated he respects the legal guidelines in place.
It’s a moderately discouraging state of affairs, although. It’s not like that is the primary time Barboza has skilled it. His earlier battle additionally noticed him come out on the flawed finish of a cut up determination final September in opposition to Paul Felder at UFC 242. Had these two gone Barboza’s manner, Davis stated he could be on a profession upswing.
As a substitute, Barboza’s report paints what Davis believes is a false image.
“These selections have been plaguing him,” Davis stated. “We had three clearly dangerous selections yesterday, and we get them everywhere. The impact on his profession is devastating as a result of now he goes 1-Four in his final 5 fights with two fights that had been controversial selections. When folks have a look at his report, all they see is the loss and nothing explaining the way it occurred or how good the battle was.”
Davis has been one of many loudest proponents of change to judging and battle scoring amongst prime MMA managers. He believes the 10-point should system just isn’t geared up for MMA and likewise stated officers should not held accountable for the scores they current.
A radical adjustment is required, Davis stated, and he believes it may solely occur if there’s collective motion taken amongst energy gamers within the battle recreation to get everybody on the identical web page.
“There’s no join between the judges and the fighters or trainers,” Davis stated. “We don’t know what they’re in search of, or we may modify their imaginative and prescient to what we do or we modify what we do to what they’re in search of. There’s a disconnect, and it’s hurting the game.”