Sean Strickland’s Coach Criticizes Judge For UFC Vegas 47 Scorecard
During the latest UFC Fight Night, Jack Hermansson and Sean Strickland shared the octagon for all five rounds.
It was a stylistic fight between grappler and striker. Hermansson could not land any takedowns, but he mixed striking and takedown attempts.
Even though Strickland dominated during the fight, he earned the victory via a split decision. Strickland’s coach Eric Nicksick is disappointed with this decision and posted a statement on Twitter.
“Not even one media member scored it for Jack,” Nicksick wrote, referencing the MMADecisions page where media members submit their scorecards.
“I know we won, but if this guy is still judging, he will continue to make egregious decisions and ultimately cost fighters their careers and livelihood.”
Not even one media member scored it for Jack. I know we won, but if this guy is still judging, he will continue to make egregious decisions and ultimately cost fighters their careers and livelihood. #fireSal pic.twitter.com/g70PizTsuO
— Eric Nicksick (@Eric_XCMMA) February 6, 2022
Referee Sal D’Amato gave the first, third and fifth-round to Hermansson. Referee Junichiro Kamijo agreed with D’Amato on the first round.
On the third round, Derek Cleary agreed with D’Amato, and both judges gave that round to Hermansson. The final round was where D’Amato was alone about giving Hermansson the decision.
Many fans think that Hermansson was defeated because of damage to his face while, on the other hand, Strickland arguably had a significant advantage with the hype around him, especially being a favorite in the odds.
Some judges think that a takedown attempt is good because of the fighter is being active, but some think that a failed takedown attempt should deduct a point for a fighter. Hermansson did not have any successful takedowns.