Rory MacDonald rips judging in split decision loss to Gleison Tibau: ‘It was a clear robbery’

Rory MacDonald wasn’t happy with his split decision loss to Gleison Tibau at PFL 5. | PFLRory MacDonald knows without a doubt he should be going home from PFL 5 with a win on his record. Instead, he’ll enter the PFL playoffs coming off a highly controversial split decision loss after falling to Gleison Tibau in a three-round fight that seemed like a guaranteed victory until the judges’ scorecards were announced. “I’m very disappointed,” MacDonald said at the PFL 5 post-fight press conference. “I believe and everyone I talked to, everyone online, scored the fight for me, even three rounds to zero. I think it was a clear robbery. I thought I was dominant in this fight. “It was a hard fight. Gleison brought it and respect to him, but I believe that I clearly won that fight. I think this should be looked into.” Over the course of three rounds, MacDonald was constantly sticking his jab in Tibau’s face, using a considerable reach advantage to help him score with striking combinations. While Tibau refused to go away and he continued to swing with big power behind his punches, he was taking far more shots than he was delivering during the course of the fight. When the decision was read, MacDonald was visibly dejected by the scorecards. He carried that same demeanor into the press conference, where he was understandably upset with the loss being added to his resume. “I was totally sure [I won],” MacDonald said. “I was so surprised when the first judge they announced scored it for him. I was shocked. But when I heard the split decision that he got, I was blown away. I mean, what do you say? I didn’t see it that way at all.” Controversial calls being handed down by judges in mixed martial arts is certainly nothing new but MacDonald appears to be the latest victim to the constant trend of puzzling scores, especially when breaking it down round-by-round. The biggest difference on Thursday night came down to judges Cardo Urso and Dave Tirelli giving the first round to Tibau despite MacDonald landing the cleaner combinations, scoring numerous shots to the body, as well as nearly securing a rear-naked choke submission after MacDonald took his opponent’s back during a grappling exchange. Here are the scorecards for the Gleison Tibau split decision win over Rory MacDonald: #2021PFL5 pic.twitter.com/lDbA5Fb6Lo— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) June 18, 2021 Only judge Eric Colon gave MacDonald the first round on his scorecard, and ultimately Colon was the only one giving MacDonald the nod when the fight was over. Despite the result in this particular matchup, MacDonald will still move forward into the PFL playoffs. But that doesn’t negate his opinion on the poor judging that cost him a second consecutive win in 2021. “We shouldn’t have to [worry] as fighters, as competitors,” MacDonald said about the scoring in his fight. “We should be able to fight and rest easy that we have competent, fair, truthful judging in our sport. It shouldn’t be something that we have to worry about and stick our necks out on the line and our health to do something stupid. It’s just crazy. “We don’t have this in any other major sporting event. It just seems like over and over and over again we’re getting this in our sport and it’s just a real shame.” Catch complete PFL 5 results here.

Rory MacDonald rips judging in split decision loss to Gleison Tibau: ‘It was a clear robbery’
Rory MacDonald wasn’t happy with his split decision loss to Gleison Tibau at PFL 5. | PFL

Rory MacDonald knows without a doubt he should be going home from PFL 5 with a win on his record.

Instead, he’ll enter the PFL playoffs coming off a highly controversial split decision loss after falling to Gleison Tibau in a three-round fight that seemed like a guaranteed victory until the judges’ scorecards were announced.

“I’m very disappointed,” MacDonald said at the PFL 5 post-fight press conference. “I believe and everyone I talked to, everyone online, scored the fight for me, even three rounds to zero. I think it was a clear robbery. I thought I was dominant in this fight.

“It was a hard fight. Gleison brought it and respect to him, but I believe that I clearly won that fight. I think this should be looked into.”

Over the course of three rounds, MacDonald was constantly sticking his jab in Tibau’s face, using a considerable reach advantage to help him score with striking combinations. While Tibau refused to go away and he continued to swing with big power behind his punches, he was taking far more shots than he was delivering during the course of the fight.

When the decision was read, MacDonald was visibly dejected by the scorecards. He carried that same demeanor into the press conference, where he was understandably upset with the loss being added to his resume.

“I was totally sure [I won],” MacDonald said. “I was so surprised when the first judge they announced scored it for him. I was shocked. But when I heard the split decision that he got, I was blown away. I mean, what do you say? I didn’t see it that way at all.”

Controversial calls being handed down by judges in mixed martial arts is certainly nothing new but MacDonald appears to be the latest victim to the constant trend of puzzling scores, especially when breaking it down round-by-round.

The biggest difference on Thursday night came down to judges Cardo Urso and Dave Tirelli giving the first round to Tibau despite MacDonald landing the cleaner combinations, scoring numerous shots to the body, as well as nearly securing a rear-naked choke submission after MacDonald took his opponent’s back during a grappling exchange.

Only judge Eric Colon gave MacDonald the first round on his scorecard, and ultimately Colon was the only one giving MacDonald the nod when the fight was over.

Despite the result in this particular matchup, MacDonald will still move forward into the PFL playoffs. But that doesn’t negate his opinion on the poor judging that cost him a second consecutive win in 2021.

“We shouldn’t have to [worry] as fighters, as competitors,” MacDonald said about the scoring in his fight. “We should be able to fight and rest easy that we have competent, fair, truthful judging in our sport. It shouldn’t be something that we have to worry about and stick our necks out on the line and our health to do something stupid. It’s just crazy.

“We don’t have this in any other major sporting event. It just seems like over and over and over again we’re getting this in our sport and it’s just a real shame.”

Catch complete PFL 5 results here.

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesAt the UFC Vegas 29 weigh-ins, all 24 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Las Vegas are set to step on the scale Friday for Saturday’s event at UFC APEX. In the main event, featherweights Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige will have to make the featherweight limit of 145 pounds (with one-pound allowance for a non-title fight). The UFC Vegas 29 weigh-ins will be at 12 p.m. ET. Check out UFC Vegas 29 weigh-in results below. Main card (ESPN2/ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET) Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige Aleksei Oleinik vs. Serghei Spivac Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant Julian Erosa vs. Seungwoo Choi Wellington Turman vs. Bruno Silva Matt Brown vs. Dhiego Lima Prelims (ESPN2/ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET) Aleksa Camur vs. Nicolae Negumereanu Kanako Murata vs. Virna Jandiroba Khaos Williams vs. Matthew Semelsberger Josh Parisian vs. Roque Martinez Joaquim Silva vs. Rick Glenn Casey O’Neill vs. Lara Procopio

UFC Vegas 29 weigh-in video
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At the UFC Vegas 29 weigh-ins, all 24 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Las Vegas are set to step on the scale Friday for Saturday’s event at UFC APEX.

In the main event, featherweights Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige will have to make the featherweight limit of 145 pounds (with one-pound allowance for a non-title fight).

The UFC Vegas 29 weigh-ins will be at 12 p.m. ET.

Check out UFC Vegas 29 weigh-in results below.

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Main card (ESPN2/ at 7 p.m. ET)

Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige

Aleksei Oleinik vs. Serghei Spivac

Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant

Julian Erosa vs. Seungwoo Choi

Wellington Turman vs. Bruno Silva

Matt Brown vs. Dhiego Lima

Prelims (ESPN2/ at 4 p.m. ET)

Aleksa Camur vs. Nicolae Negumereanu

Kanako Murata vs. Virna Jandiroba

Khaos Williams vs. Matthew Semelsberger

Josh Parisian vs. Roque Martinez

Joaquim Silva vs. Rick Glenn

Casey O’Neill vs. Lara Procopio

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