Dhiego Lima and Luke Jumeau competed on the main card of UFC 243, with Jumeau scoring a split decision win.
Alex Davis, who is Lima’s manager, says the fighter plans on appealing the split decision victory to make it a unanimous decision win.
“Although Dhiego won, we have decided to appeal this decision”. “We are asking that it be changed from split to unanimous on a question of principle. Although we are happy with Dhiego’s win, we are intrigued at how a judge could have scored the fight for Jumeau. No disrespect to Jumeau – he fought a tough fight. But a split decision does not reflect the reality of the fight. Once again, this exposes a fundamental flaw in MMA judging and structure. The question again looms: Who are these people? What are their credentials? How did they get into such an important position, as to judge fights that affect these hard-working athletes’ lives and careers?”
The scorecards for the bout read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 in favor of Lima, which means one judge scored the bout in favor of Jumeau.
Davis also believes that moves like he and Lima are making will continue helping evolve the sport of MMA.
“These questions cannot stop being asked,” Davis said. “These decisions must be confronted for a better MMA.”
There is no word yet on when the appeal is going to be ruled on, but no matter the outcome, it will still be a victory for Lima.