The main event between Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story looked to be a very clear win for the American welterweight, whose solid takedown defense and superior striking was too much for Nelson to handle. But this is MMA, and judges aren’t to be trusted, and as a result, while Story got the deserved win, fans were witness to an insane scoring disparity, as one judge had it 48-47 for Nelson, while another had it 50-44 for Story.
Per MMA Mad, here is a picture of the official scorecards turned in at the Ericsson Globe Arena:
— MMA Mad (@MMAMadOfficial) October 4, 2014
Jim Bergman, the sole man to score this fight for Nelson, is a local judge who has featured on all 3 UFC shows in Sweden. He gave the first 3 rounds to Nelson before awarding the last 2 for Story. Mark Collett, who features heavily on the UFC’s international shows in Brazil, China, United Arab Emirates, England, Sweden, etc. gave Nelson just the 1st round, which seems the most sensible of the three scorecards. Lastly, Paul Sutherland, another judge who has only worked UFC events outside of North America, scored every round for Story, including a 10-8 round 4, which included the knockdown and near-finish of Nelson.
I don’t see how any rational person can score this one for Nelson, but thankfully the other two judges had it for the rightful winner, or else Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson would’ve had serious competition for worst robbery of 2014.
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