Although he was overtaken and stifled in five laps, Paul Felder beat Rafael dos Anjos on the scorecard of one of the top UFC Vegas 14 judges.
Even Felder gave a puzzled look when Bruce Buffer announced Chris Lee’s 48-47 scorecard for him after five rounds of grinding action with former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. But when the other two scorecards were read, dos Anjos was rightly declared the winner.
Not only did dos Anjos win, but he threw up a shutout with two scores 50-45 by Sal D’Amato and Derek Cleary. Lee allowed Felder to win rounds 2-4 via 10-9 scores.
Check out the official scoreboard, courtesy of the UFC.
Dos Anjos not only softened Felder’s attack on the fence, but did a solid job on his feet for five rounds. Felder struggled at times with distance and timing as dos Anjos worked up front and back in the rally. A kick to the body was money for the Brazilian as the two stood in the center of the octagon.
The split-call victory put Dos Anjos back in the winning column after a pair of welterweight losses in bouts against Leon Edwards and Michael Chiesa, respectively. Felder, who took the fight on five days notice, has now lost his previous two fights after another split decision – headlining in February against Dan Hooker – did not play out in his direction.
Here’s how the pros reacted to the decision below:
# UFCVegas14 lessons RDA is a 155 top 5 not 170, Felder is a warrior and a judge is terrible at his job
– GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) November 15, 2020
As I said before, the MMA scoring system needs to evolve. It’s too subjective. Fighters are too likely to have someone do it wrong!
– Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 15, 2020
During the post-fight press conference, dos Anjos revealed his immediate reaction when the scores were announced inside the octagon.
“It was the first judge who said that, and I was scared,” he told reporters. “Then when the second judge said 50-45 for me, it was like, eh. And then the last one gave 50-45. I thought I won every round. I was able to control and make my game and secure the “W.” “