On Saturday night, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua battled Paul Craig in the UFC on ESPN+ 22 co-main event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Craig was a late replacement for Rua’s originally-booked opponent, Sam Alvey, after the latter withdrew from the card.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter here, the manner in which this Light Heavyweight co-main event was scored, beginning with the fight’s final statistics:

As far as total strikes landed, Paul Craig bested Mauricio Rua by a final count of 106-51, slightly over a 2-to-1 ratio in this category.

Moving along to the significant strikes category, Craig again bested Rua by a 51-25 count—another 2-to-1 ratio.

Craig and Rua finished level in knockdowns scored at one apiece.

After 15 minutes of action, the contest was left in the judges’ hands for a decision.

Here’s where it gets convoluted, in my opinion.

Out of the three judges who scored the bout, only one of them scored the fight in favor of Paul Craig.

Another judge scored the contest in favor of Mauricio Rua, while the third judge scored it 28-28, leading to the fight being ultimately called a split draw after three rounds.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1195901735597772800

Here I am, just barely removed from Saturday night’s card and I’m somewhat perplexed as to how the fight could be called a split draw in the co-main event.

First off, know that all MMA fights are scored through the use of the 10-point “Must” scoring system based on four key tenets of action:

Striking

Grappling

Aggression

Cage control.

The only statistic that could be possibly key in the fight being called a draw is the takedown category (one for each fighter), in my opinion.

With the other two statistical categories being clearly in favor of Paul Craig, I really don’t know why that contest was scored as a draw.

At the very least, Paul Craig should have won that contest by a split decision.

What do you think about this decision?

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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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