Scoring Error Corrected for UFC on FX 3; Mike Pierce Now Unanimous Decision Victor

June 14, 2012
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Mike Pierce and Carlos Eduardo Rocha squared off last week at UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall II in Sunrise, Fla.

What resulted was utter domination by Pierce. He picked him apart in the stand-up game, secured several takedowns, and dictated the pace of the entire fight. Even Rocha’s cornermen knew their fighter was behind, imploring him to find a way to finish the fight in the final round, as he needed a finish to get the win.

Pierce wasn’t exactly robbed, but when the judges’ scorecards were read, nearly everyone was shocked that it was a split decision with scores reading 30-27 across the board; twice for Pierce, once for Rocha.

UFC officials on Wednesday evening, however, revealed via Twitter that there had actually been a scoring error for the bout.

“UFC on FX3 update – judge scored for the wrong corner in Pierce vs. Rocha, @MikePierce170 won a UD, not SD,” read the UFC’s tweet.

So the bout will go down officially as a unanimous decision victory in Pierce’s favor, now that the judge who had marked his scorecard incorrectly has had it cleared up.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

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  • D-rail

    Tisk, tisk.

  • phrankthetank

    I figured it was something like that. Judging has been bad… But not THAT bad.

  • There was another split decision on this card that was a head scratcher as well. I think it was the one right before the Pierce – Rocha fight. Same thing happened, 2 judges scored it correctly as 29-28 for the clear winner and the third judge went rouge and scored it 30-27 for the guy who had clearly lost the fight.

    Another mistake? Was it the same judge?

    Anyone know if Florida makes the judges score cards available to the media + public?


    Yeah i knew it was wrong when they read that sh%$ . I really wish rocha would of done better! I think pierce is good but really boring. It just sux for rocha cuz hes been given some tuff fights like Ellenberger witch one judge gave him the fight 30- 27 TOO! Couple more losses and he might be covering up that stupid tatoo on his chest “UFC IS MY LIFE” I like the kid tho.

    • maddawgmar

      Can this guy go one comment without mentioning Ellenberger. This article has nothing to do with Ellenberger so get off his nuts.

      • OMAHAK1LLA

        eat a deek ! just state n facts abut scoring and jak fought him b4 pierce einstein!

      • RubeKegal

        OmahaK1lla when talking to friends: “So the other day I went to the mall Ellenberger and bought some sneakers from Finish Line and then went to Ellenberger grab something to eat.”

      • RubeKegal

        “I went to the mall Ellenberger and bought some shoes…Ellenberger.” –Omahak1lla when talking to friends. LOL

  • Obarmarama

    Damn. You give somebody a simple job, and they still screw it up? How hard can it be to read a piece of paper, and put the score in the correct box? This stinks of something fishy. Everybody on the inside knows that when a fight goes to decision, there is a little monkey under the octagon who picks the winner by eating a banana either from the blue box or the red box. This is just a cover up because they know we are getting closer to the truth. If you want to know how I know this, my friend is a steward. The judges just get baked on joe rogan’s homemade brownies and discuss who will win a fight between Lion-o and He-Man for the whole event. Oh let me guess, I’m going to get called a “conspiracy theorist”.

  • WHO CARES?! did u see the fight i stopped watching its like watching a terrible version of Fitch. i hate when an MMA match becomes a wrestling match, actually i would rather have watched a highschool or college wrestling match.