“What JJ Did Was a Mistake” – Chael Sonnen Trashes the Judge Who Defended His Controversial Decision From UFC 265

Published 08/14/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20: MMA fighter Chael Sonnen discusses Bellator MMA at Build Studio on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)


The well-known MMA personality, Chael Sonnen, never backs down on sharing his point of view on any situation related to combat sports. In this case, he talked about a controversial decision made by a judge at UFC 265.

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At UFC 265, fans witnessed one of the best fights of 2021 till now, a lightweight clash between Bobby Green and Rafael Fiziev. However, controversy arose as soon as Bruce Buffer revealed the official scorecards. 

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The judges who scored the bout were Sal D’Amato, Chris Lee, and JJ Ferraro. D’Amato and Lee scored the contest 29-28, and Ferraro scored the contest 30-27. As a result, fans thought Green won the fight as it was clear that the third round was all him. However, Fiziev was declared the winner via a unanimous decision.

Ferraro’s scorecard started this controversy. Several UFC fans criticized his decision, so Ferraro made a Tweet defending his decision. Meanwhile, Sonnen believes that Ferraro addressing this controversy wasn’t a wise choice.

In his recent YouTube video, Sonnen shared his point of view on this controversial decision while he was talking about the Green vs. Fiziev fight. 

Sonnen said – “There was only one round where you could watch it, and you don’t have to have a discussion on who won it. It was the third round, and it was clearly Bobby Green… So, wait a second, 30-27 that would mean Fiziev won all three rounds, which would mean he won the third round, which simply did not happen”. 

“What JJ did was a mistake, is he addressed this publicly. He addressed the criticism of him scoring the last round for Fiziev”.

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Chael Sonnen on Bobby Green vs. Rafael Fiziev

Green vs. Fiziev was an evenly matched fight and could have gone either way. The pair displayed their elite offensive and defensive skills throughout the fight. 

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In the same video, Sonnen started off by praising both fighters for giving the fans such an exciting fight. 

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He said – “I will share with you just in a personal opinion. It was one of the great fights, it was the great fight of the night, which it was recognized. But it was just one of the great fights. I would have to imagine, when the world MMA awards come up at the end of the year, this is going to be in the voting for the best fight of all 2021”.

Regardless of the controversial decision, Fiziev did do a very good job in the first two rounds. As a result, the entire MMA community doesn’t have any issue with him winning the fight. The only criticism the fight received was the controversial third-round fiasco by judge JJ Ferraro.

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What do you make of what Chael Sonnen had to say about this controversial decision situation? 

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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