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“The Stakes Are Too High and Ppl Cheat” – MMA Community Including Justin Gaethje Reacts to UFC Vegas 51 Debacle

Published 04/17/2022, 5:13 AM EDT

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The eventful UFC Vegas 51 concluded with two ‘technical decision’ victories. The term is very new for MMA fans, as it is not often that the fans see technical decisions, let alone two on the same night.

The Chris Barnett vs Martin Buday and Caio Borralho vs Gadzhi Omargadzhiev, both bouts, saw rare ends to the bout.


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In the prelims, Martin Buday landed an illegal elbow to the backside of the head of Chris Barnett. Since Barnett was not able to continue and the referee deemed the blow as ‘accidental,’ it went to the judges scorecard. Buday won the fight via technical unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Likewise, in the co-main event, Borralho landed an illegal knee on the downed opponent, Omargadzhiev. Even for this fight, the refree decided the fight to take to the judges’ scorecard after Omargadzhiev couldn’t continue the fight. Borralho won the fight via technical unanimous decision as well (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).


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MMA Twitter went crazy discussing whether disqualification or a no contest would’ve been a better result.

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Former UFC lightweight fighter Justin Gaethje had a big reaction to the result. Gaethje, in a series of tweets, shared his opinion on the matter.

Gaethje offered, “I think at the very least it should be a no contest. Borralho was the better fighter. He committed a foul that ended the fight. You can argue unintentional but it should be irrelevant. I don’t understand. It should go down as a DQ win for his opponent. You’re not discouraging”


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Not only Gaethje, but many others shared the same sentiment.


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Apart from criticizing the decision from the ref, most agreed that Barralho was dominating the fight and was on the verge of victory. Though many did bring the Petr YanAljamain Sterling first bout example; However, in that bout, the knee strike was labeled intentional by the refree.


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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

Edited By: Arman Khan