Welterweight competitor Jorge Masvidal has commented on yet another contentious UFC judges’ scorecard. At UFC 277, a heavyweight match saw debutant Hamdy Abdelwahab beat Don’Tale Mayes in a thrilling contest. By split decision, the Egyptian won the event.
While wrestling for the Egyptian national team, Abdelwahab was able to win by split decision despite some thrilling foot-to-foot combat in the opening two rounds. Should also be noted that y Abdelwahab took this bout with 12 days notice.
— Ferguson’s cardio (@CardioFerg) July 31, 2022
The three judges all agreed that round one should go to Abdelwahab and round two should go to Mayes. Two of the three judges gave Abdelwahab a win in the third round, favoring his victory.
To make matters worse, the ref stood up the bout during an active wrestling sequence.
— BaldGuyMMA (@BaldGuyMMA) July 31, 2022
‘That’s crazy, this position was taken from him and he earned it’ Joe Rogan narrated when the ref opted to stand up the athletes.
Despite the fact that most believed Hamdy Abdelwahab had done more than enough to win the round, athletes and fans have responded to the news that one judge awarded the third round to the American Mayes.
Masvidal tweeted: “The judge that scored that for Mayes needs to find another job asap #UFC277”
The judge that scored that for Mayes needs to find another job asap #UFC277
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) July 31, 2022
Sports agent Malki Kawa also voiced his displeasure with the results of the third round.
“What the f**k was that judge watching”
Welterweight Belal Muhammad congratulated the debuting Egyptian on a solid performance in the UFC octagon despite having just 12 days’ notice.
“Great debut #bullyknows”
Great debut #bullyknows
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 31, 2022
Some of the other tweets by fans are mentioned below:
“Mayes sucks, given a shot with a minute left and literally looked at opponent and did nothing. Probably should be cut after that performance #UFC”
Mayes sucks, given a shot with a minute left and literally looked at opponent and did nothing. Probably should be cut after that performance #ufc
— Adrian Asher (@AsherAdrian) July 31, 2022
“Split decision. No. That should have been unanimous. #UFC277”
“Is that judge on d**gs no way in hell Don’Tale Mayes won that 3rd round. He was on his back the whole time until the ref helped him out #UFC277”
Mayes won based on the criteria imo. Was closer to finishing and did more damage. Simple as that. The standup was really dumb but you don't judge on that
— Jack Harris (@jrhsk8) July 31, 2022
Mayes currently has a record of 9-5. On the other hand, Abdelwahab is still unbeaten at 6-0.