Byrd still set for UFC 216

September 18, 2017

Coming off of a controversial scorecard in the main event of the GGG-Canelo Alvarez fight on Saturday, NAC head Bob Bennett has stated he has yet to make a decision as to if she will be removed from the upcoming UFC 216 card in Vegas October 7th.

Byrd scored the big fight in Vegas 118-110 for Canelo Alvarez, while Judge Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for GGG and judge Don Trella scored it a 114-144 draw.

Byrd’s lopsided scores which gave Canelo 10 rounds to GGG’s 2 is contrasted with the overarching popular belief that GGG was the aggressor in most rounds and won more than 2 rounds in the fight.

In addition to boxing, Byrd has judged UFC cards in the past.

There were conflicting reports as to whether or not Byrd had been relieved of her anticipated duties for the UFC event but Bennett indicated to MMA Fighting that she was not taken off the card.

Payout Perspective:

Adelaide Byrd received over 1 million google searches on Saturday night due to her scorecard.  In an otherwise “Fight of the Year” candidate, her score which did not compare with the other two scorecards which reflected a close, competitive fight was the hot button issue.  Judging in combat sports can be one of the more controversial parts of this sports and it highlights the subjective nature of being a judge.  Obviously, any fight she will judge in the near future will be scrutinized more than others.

2 Responses to “Byrd still set for UFC 216”

  1. Jess on September 18th, 2017 9:59 PM

    Byrds card was retarded but the over all result of a draw seems fair to me. Close fight that requires a rematch regardless of who deserved to win.

  2. Diego on September 19th, 2017 5:11 AM

    ESPN has a list of her questionable calls, and one of them is that she’s the only judge who had Nam Pham winning against Leonard Garcia. She got that one right, the other two judges were wrong. That fight had a similar style to this one – Leonard was the busy pressure fighter and Nam countered him. Of course, Leonard is no GGG – that’s a different kind of pressure entirely – but Canelo did block a lot of GGG’s punches. I wonder if Byrd has a preference for counter punchers and that skewed her judgement. Still, 10 rounds to 2 is an inexcusable card in that fight.

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