Judges Gonna Judge: Was Douglas Lima robbed within the rematch in opposition to Michael Page at Bellator 267?

Welcome to Judges Gonna Judge, the place our MMA Junkie employees panel revisits probably the most controversial resolution that occurred over the weekend.

For the primary installment on this new collection, we check out Douglas Lima vs. Michael Page 2, a highly-anticipated rematch that passed off at Bellator 267 on Friday in London, England on the SSE Arena, Wembley.

Page was awarded the victory through break up resolution, incomes 29-28 scores from judges Eric Colon and Douglas Crosby, whereas Ben Cartlidge noticed the struggle for Lima with a dissenting rating of 29-28.

The official scores precipitated fairly a stir on social media, so we requested our panel to take one other take a look at this consequence. Was this a theft? Was it too near name? Did the judges get it proper?

MMA Junkie’s Matthew Wells, Farah Hannoun, and Nolan King placed on their judging hats and break the struggle down spherical by spherical.

Wells: The opening spherical was powerful to attain. Page dropped Lima twice from strikes, however each instances he appeared to catch Lima extra off-balance than hurting him. However, being despatched to the canvas twice because of strikes is important. Lima’s first actual motion was getting a takedown in the midst of the spherical, however he was largely rendered ineffective from the highest place because of Page’s glorious wrist management. Lima was capable of land a number of strikes, however Page did effectively from his again till the spherical ended. If you worth the highest place greater than being knocked off the toes twice, I perceive scoring the spherical for Lima.

Wells’ rating: 10-9 Page

Hannoun: Page bought off to a fantastic begin when he briefly dropped Lima with a blistering proper hand. Lima was again to his toes straight away, however moments later, he was met with one other proper which stumbled him down. MVP was largely accountable for the primary portion of the spherical, however halfway via the opening body, Lima caught a lunging Page and took him down. Although Lima didn’t seem too damage from the punches and was capable of hold Page down for the remainder of the spherical, Page’s knockdowns have been the extra impactful moments which is why I scored it for MVP.

Hannoun’s rating: 10-9 Page

King: The knockdown proper off the bat for Page wasn’t actually a rocking punch. Lima was off-balance, however the optics clearly seemed good for MVP. Now, the second really vital shot Page landed seemed a bit of extra stable, however once more Lima was off-balance. Overzealous, MVP will get taken down with greater than half the spherical remaining. While MVP’s wrist management could be very stable, he eats a bunch of Lima elbows across the 3:30 mark into the spherical. Lima lands a pair of stable leg kicks earlier than the spherical ends. This is a bizarre spherical to attain. Were these knockdowns efficient or not? I lean towards one not being, and the opposite being. I nonetheless assume Lima did sufficient to squeeze it out – simply barely. That ground-and-pound sequence I feel stole it.

King’s rating:  10-9 Lima

Official scores:
Cartlidge: 10-9 Lima
Colon: 10-9 Page
Crosby: 10-9 Page

Wells: Page threw and landed extra strikes within the opening two minutes of the second spherical, though none of it was actually vital. Lima landed a kick to the planted leg as Page tried to throw a proper hand, leading to Page falling to a knee. This nearly created the identical knockout situation from their first struggle, however Lima missed with the punch as Page evaded. After that, intermittent strikes have been provided by each till Page charged ahead with a fast mixture that knocked Lima off his toes. Was this one other off-balance knockdown? Probably, however after that, nothing else of word occurred. Based on Page’s exercise and Lima not likely doing a lot all the spherical, I agree with the official judges right here that it was a spherical to attain for Page.

Wells’ rating: 10-9 Page

Hannoun: Round 2 was additionally fairly troublesome to attain. Page was the busier striker, whereas Lima nearly repeated the identical fight-ending sequence of their first outing, when he dropped Page with a leg kick, however this time, MVP was capable of transfer out of the way in which of the follow-up shot. With lower than a minute remaining within the spherical, Page ran over Lima once more with a proper hand which sat him down, however the Brazilian appeared unfazed similar to he was from the Round 1 photographs that caught him off stability. Based off of that one vital second and Page being the extra energetic striker, I gave that spherical to him too.

Hannoun’s rating: 10-9 Page

King: Both males landed some stable strikes within the opening minute. Evenness made it type of a wash. Side word: Lima’s leg sweep-to-missed-uppercut was a wild sequence. If the rematch resulted in the identical, odd trend as the primary struggle, that will be completely weird. Anyway, Page landed extra usually in Round 2, it appeared as the 2 fighters engaged in a leg kick battle. Again, MVP clips an off-balance Lima, although which will have been probably the most stable punch of the struggle. He positively gained this spherical.

King’s rating: 10-9 Page

Official scores:
Cartlidge: 10-9 Page
Colon: 10-9 Page
Crosby: 10-9 Page

Wells: The final spherical was the simplest to attain in all the struggle. Just over a minute in, Lima landed a proper hand to drop Page. With simply over two minutes left, he secured a takedown, however this time he was extra energetic with punches from the highest whereas Page did his greatest to carry on tightly once more. At one level, Lima postured up and landed a number of punches earlier than being pulled again down to protect. When he was there, he landed a number of elbow strikes earlier than the spherical ended. This was simply a spherical for Lima.

Wells’ rating: 10-9 Lima

Hannoun: This was a transparent spherical for Lima. This time, it was Lima who scored an early knockdown and with simply over two minutes remaining within the ultimate spherical, he took MVP down and landed some stable floor and pound, earlier than using out the remainder of the struggle in prime place.

Hannoun’s rating: 10-9 Lima

King: This is maybe the clearest spherical to attain of the struggle. Lima landed a number of strikes earlier than he scored a knockdown. The takedown on the 3:00 mark of the ultimate spherical sealed the deal, for my part. The ground-and-pound was an added bonus to solidify the spherical for the previous welterweight champion.

King’s rating: 10-9 Lima

Official scores:
Cartlidge: 10-9 Lima
Colon: 10-9 Lima
Crosby: 10-9 Lima

Wells: I don’t imagine this was a theft. It was an in depth struggle with each fighters having their moments, however they have been few and much between. I walked away feeling neither man actually put their stamp on this struggle and neither man was actually damage in the course of the struggle. The third spherical was the simplest to attain, as even the worst of judges would have given it to Lima, however Page did sufficient to win the primary two rounds. It actually comes all the way down to what you preferred extra as a decide in Round 1. We usually see the theft phrase thrown round rather a lot when the loser of the break up resolution closes out the struggle in a robust method as Lima did right here. This was an in depth struggle, however it was under no circumstances felony to attain this struggle for Page.

Wells’ general rating: 29-28 Page

Hannoun: It’s powerful to make use of the phrase theft in the case of a struggle that would have gone both means. For me, Page had the larger moments in Rounds 1 and a pair of which is why I in the end scored the struggle in his favor. Round 1 might have gone to Lima primarily based on the takedown he landed halfway via, however I believed Page’s knockdowns have been the extra impactful moments of the opening body. Round 2 was largely uneventful, however Page knocking Lima off stability and being the busier striker was sufficient to provide him the spherical. Finally, Round 3 was clearly Lima so it actually comes all the way down to Round 1 and that’s why theft can be an unfair time period to make use of for this specific struggle.

Hannoun’s general rating: 29-28 Page

King: I scored the struggle for Lima, however it’s actually not a theft. It actually comes all the way down to the way you rating Round 1. If somebody watched that and thought the knockdowns have been extra vital than I did, I might simply see that spherical being scored for MVP. This is under no circumstances a theft. Let’s not overuse that phrase. I can see each views as to who gained, so that you gained’t hear me complain.

King’s general rating: 29-28 Lima

Official resolution: Michael Page def. Douglas Lima through break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Official particular person scores:
Cartlidge: 29-28 Lima
Colon: 29-28 Page
Crosby: 29-28 Page

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