Photo exposes stunning scorecard 'mistake' in UFC 247 controversy

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

The official scorecard from Jon Jones’ controversial victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 has been made public - and it has only fuelled the furore.

Jones retained his light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision over Reyes on Saturday night, but not everyone was convinced.

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UFC president Dana White isn’t even sure that was how it should have gone and said he believes it should have been scored for Reyes.

At the Toyota Centre in Houston after UFC 247, White said he thought Reyes won the first three rounds and Jones the final two.

Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The third round is the questionable one that split fans, judges and White, with overall scores of 48-47, 48-47 and a bizarre 49-46 causing uproar.

“The scoring was all over the map,” White said.

The official scorecard has since been released, exposing a bizarre ‘mistake’ by the Texas commission in ruling the fight a “majority draw” despite awarding the victory to Jones.

UFC journalist Marc Raimondi tweeted the scorecard on Sunday, revealing that the “majority draw” verdict was indeed an error.

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“… Going into the last round, I had Dominick Reyes 3-1 going to the last round. My kids are terrorising me that the fix is in, ‘How could this happen, Dad?, Reyes won that fight,’ and the list goes on and on of people who are reaching out to me,” White added.

“So it’s not like there’s this landslide of people saying it was a robbery or whatever. People have it all over the place.

“But the reality is, who gives a sh*t? We’re not judges. None of us are judges, the judges called the fight, and that’s that.”

It wasn’t clear to anyone in the arena who won at the final bell, but Jones was determined to have slid by with scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46, though the latter is extremely questionable. 

Yahoo Sports in America scored it 48-47 for Jones with the last three rounds his.

Dominick Reyes and Jon Jones both thought they won. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

“Like, who are you? I might want to have a word with you. But other than that man, I know I won that fight,” Reyes said.

“I know I won that fight. I was in that fight. I don’t have to watch the replay. I was there. I made Jon Jones look like, just a man. I brought the fight to him. And, man.”

UFC fighter Dominick Cruz was heavily critical of the judges in commentary.

“I can’t be mad at this decision because of how close it was but Joe Solis should have your judging card revoked if you call that 4-1,” he said.

“I don’t know what he’s been seeing tonight but at least his name gets to be put on blast because he’s not doing a very good job in my opinion.

“But I’m not a judge so when we look at this, this was a great fight and I can’t be mad about decision because it was so close.”

The official scorecard from Jon Jones' controversial victory. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Fellow commentator Joe Rogan was equally gobsmacked.

“That’s the same guy that gave Andre Ewell the decision over Jonathan Martinez, which is just ridiculous,” he said.

“That was another fight that made no sense to any of us, it makes me angry. We’ve talked about it so many times, it’s less of an issue in some commissions where they’ve dealt with combat sports, particularly MMA long but I can’t argue about this enough, I can’t get angry enough, I’ve done it so many times.

“For anyone who thought that was 4-1 Jon Jones, that person’s insane. Dominick Reyes put on a hell of a fight tonight and to disrespect that performance but that kind of judging is insane.”

Rogan said the UFC needs a new, more transparant scoring system.

“Incompetent judging and a poor system,” Rogan continued.

“If we could get the minds in mixed martial arts and the best journalists and fighters and they tried to figure out a way where we can agree on some kind of scoring system, that makes more sense, it would be nice.”

Fans, fighters and fellow commentators absolutely blasted the controversial decision.

With Yahoo Sports US