Few decisions in MMA have sparked as much controversy recently as Paddy Pimblett’s victory over Jared Gordon at UFC 282 on Saturday, December 10th. But while Doug Crosby, according to the notable Doug Crosby, has long suffered the wrath of fans and pundits for his decision to award Liverpool’s rising star victory, there were two other men who shared the responsibility of making that decision. to take.
One of those men was Ron McCarthy, son of famed MMA referee, judge and officiating instructor ‘Big’ John McCarthy. Like Crosby and fellow adjudicator Chris Lee, Ron McCarthy turned in a 29-28 scorecard for Paddy Pimblett. On a recent episode of the “Weighing In” podcast, Big John made no exceptions for family ties when he put his son’s card up in the air.
“No way Paddy Pimblett won that fight,” said John McCarthy of the UFC 282 co-main result (transcription via MMA Mania). “My son was one of the judges and he asked me and I said, ‘You misunderstood that. I thought Jared Gordon won 29-28.'”
The current Bellator broadcast team member elaborated on how he felt the fight should have been scored, according to the current judging criteria – giving the first and third rounds to Gordon. McCarthy also noted that his son and the other judges may have been influenced by the general public every time Pimblett had a moment of success.
“The first round Jared Gordon hit Paddy Pimblett with a left hook like it was a magnet. He hit him again and again and he amazed him. You could see it,” he continued. ‘Well, Paddy had his stuff, but this can happen when you’re sitting there as a judge. You make sure the audience reacts every time Paddy does something. Because honestly, Paddy didn’t hit as much as Jared Gordon. He didn’t land as much as Jared Gordon and the shots he landed weren’t as good.
“But when you hear the audience reaction and that’s what you hear, there are times where you don’t see that angle, but you hear the audience reaction and it’s an influencer. And I think they were influenced by what the audience liked.
“Jared Gordon won that first round, he won the third round, I’ll give Paddy Pimblett the second round,” said McCarthy. “But when you go back and you look at that fight, that first round, a lot of people said it was really close, not really that close. I’m not one guy running over another, but it’s pretty clear that Jared Gordon should have won that round.”
For his part, ‘The Baddy’ has vociferously defended the judges’ decision in his fight, and seems to think there should be little controversy over the scores submitted.
“Everyone has an opinion, kid,” Pimblett told the assembled media during his post-fight presser. “Opinions are assholes, you know what I mean? Everyone has one. I know I won that fight. Simple as. I deal in facts, boy. And I won a unanimous decision. It’s not even like it was a split decision. Look at his face and look at mine!? Battles are now scored on damage. I did a lot more damage. The end of.”
In the meantime, the Mohegan Tribe Athletic Department has opened an investigation into Crosby’s role in another recent fight, where he turned in an anomalous 50-45 scorecard for Danny Sabatello in Sabatello’s recent split decision loss to Rafeon Stots at Bellator 289. word. if the Nevada Athletic Commission plans to review the scores for UFC 282.