“These Rankings Are Trash”: Fans Back UFC Flyweight as He Sends a 3-Word Message to the Officials After Amir Albazi Ranks Above Him Following a Controversial Win at UFC Vegas 74

Published 06/06/2023, 11:37 AM EDT

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In the MMA world, a controversial decision can have far-reaching consequences beyond just the outcome of a single fight. It can significantly impact the entire division and the fighters involved. Fans saw something similar at UFC Vegas 74 when Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi faced off.

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Despite an impressive performance by Kara-France, the judges ruled the fight in favor of Albazi. The split decision was highly controversial and the world started immediately raising questions about it. Evidently, the decision did have an impact on the UFC flyweight division rankings, and it did not sit well with fans and fighters.

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The aftermath of this fight had a ripple effect on the UFC flyweight rankings. Amir Albazi, who was ranked below Brandon Royval prior to the bout, climbed four spots to surpass Royval in the rankings. This sudden shift in position caused frustration for Royval, who reacted to the news on Twitter.


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Expressing his dissatisfaction, Brandon Royval reshared the news of Albazi‘s rise in the rankings, accompanied by the caption “This is garbage.” Royval‘s frustration was evident, as the controversial decision not only impacted his ranking but also potentially his future title opportunities in the division.

Soon, fans rallied behind Royval, sharing their support and disappointment with the situation. Further, many called for a reassessment of the rankings and voiced their concerns about questionable decision-making. Moreover, some even suggested that a new opportunity would arise for Royval to prove himself.


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While tensions ran high, others took a more dismissive tone. Some fans called out Royval for his frustration, as they thought Albazi had rightfully earned his place. Here are some of the fan reactions –

Some fans motivated Royval.

Meanwhile, others hoped against Albazi getting a title shot.

Moreover, other fans wanted to do something about the new rankings.

Others had some bold predictions.

Many comments suggested Royval fight Albazi.

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Some had some harsh words for him.

Not all fans were backing the UFC fighter.


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One even had some unfiltered words for the UFC!


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What are your thoughts about UFC’s latest controversy? Do you find the recent development in UFC’s featherweight rankings questionable? Pour your heart out in the comments section below.

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Written by:

Sushant Sharma


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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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Arijit Saha




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