MMA needs to re-define the word “unanimous” as another UFC main event has ended with a “controversial” unanimous decision. At UFC 105 on Saturday night, it appeared as though Brandon Vera had done enough to defeat Octagon Hall of Famer Randy Couture, however all three judges once again saw it differently.
“I’m pissed. I’m really pissed, but the sport of MMA is a bitch and if you let it go to the judges, you let it out of your hands, you know?” said Vera. “So, I’m going to take the blame for this loss. I’m going to man up.”
It wasn’t the most exciting light heavyweight battle you’ll ever see, however Vera was still afforded a few chances to end their 15-minute scrap early. He wasn’t able to finish when he had Couture hurt, specifically when a 2ndRound kick to the sternum sent the 46-year-old to the canvas in the fetal position.
“I should have finished it. I had a couple of opportunities to during the fight that I should have finished it,” stated a disappointed Vera.
Although this rendering didn’t raise as many eyebrows as Lyoto Mahcida’s unanimous decision victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104 last month, it was significant enough of a topic for UFC president Dana White to once again state the ONLY solution for “questionable” judging.
“[Vera] said it best,” said White of the main event. “You want to know you won the fight? Finish the fight. Everybody just saw what happened with Shogun and Machida.
“Couture’s an aggressive guy, he stays in your face, he roughs you up against the cage. He steals rounds. He’s a professional; this guy’s been around for a long time, he knows how to fight. If you want to beat Randy Couture, finish him. I honestly said at the end of this fight that this fight could go either way.”
Couture, for one, wouldn’t have been shocked if Vera’s hand would have been raised following their contest instead of his, perhaps unintentionally rubbing additional salt into Vera’s bitter wounds.
“I wouldn’t have been terribly disappointed had the decision gone the other way,” said Couture. “ I was very impressed with Brandon.”
At the end of the day, Vera wasn’t able to finish a foe that he probably should have. Although he felt robbed, Vera appeared to come to terms with the loss. In fact, the Filipino wanted to send a message to his fellow light heavies.
“I’m super happy I got to fight Randy Couture, my hero, my legend, and let the rest of the light heavyweight division know that I’m going to whip you’re ass if you get into the Octagon with me,” said Vera.