Fans of mixed martial arts (MMA) have gotten used to judges turning in laughable scorecards and announcers reading utterly incomprehensible decisions from those scorecards. Still, if there's a strong enough feeling about a fighter ending up on the business end of a bad decision, fans will rally to support said fighter.
At first, you might think that would have happened for Brendan Schaub following his split decision loss to Andrei Arlovski last night (Sat., June 14, 2014) at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada.
You would be wrong.
Oh, sure, there were cries of "ROBBERY" and plenty of pundits felt it was a criminal miscarriage of justice. But the man who largely controls public opinion on such matters, through volume, if nothing else, UFC President Dana White, thinks it's "hilarious" for Schaub to believe he was robbed.
"For anybody to think [Schaub] got robbed, the first two rounds could have gone either way. First two rounds could have gone either way, and the third round, Schaub won the third round. I made a big mistake putting that on the main card that should be on the prelims. For Schaub to walk around to think he got robbed is hysterical. First of all, Arlovski looked slow. Arlovski looked soft. Arlovski looked like he couldn't get off tonight. And neither one of them threw any punches in the first two rounds and Schaub still looked like he got hit with a baseball bat. For him to think he was robbed tonight is absolute comedy."
Harsh words but let's be real: the fight sucked. Schaub was spamming an overhand right and Arlovski was just standing there barely getting out of the way of it before clinching up against the fence and forcing a stalemate.
His explanation at the post-fight press conference:
"For some reason, I was nervous a lot. When I stepped inside the Octagon, my hands, my legs shook for some reason. I was just nervous more than the first time when I fought 14 years ago almost. Next time I promise I'm going to do much better."
In the end, White's final word on the bout says it all.
"I think everyone would agree that fight sucked. That fight was horrible. Do you know who lost in that fight? The fans. The fans lost in that fight."