While Lyoto Machida fans have been spearheading the controversy caravan since his split decision loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 123, there may have been another Brazilian that suffered some injustice inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit Michigan as well.
Although Maiquel Falcao cruised to a unanimous decision victory over highly touted Gerald Harris, Falcao may have been robbed of a scintillating 1stRound rear-naked choke submission win. Instead, the middleweights went on to showcase 10 forgettable minutes of MMA action.
However, if the time keeper sitting cage-side had access to an iPhone instead of whatever contraption that’s currently considered the Octagon’s OFFICIAL clock, then “The Big Rig” might not be feeling like his scrap was rigged.
The time that appears at the bottom left corner during every UFC fight disappears with about eight ticks remaining in the opening round. Just MOMENTS after, the horn blares and the 3-to-1 favorite is literally saved by the bell.
Falcao secured a very tight choke and had both hooks synced in. With another seven-ish seconds on the clock…
Instead of posting a highlight-reel ending in his Octagon debut, bumping his record to 26-3 with 25 finishes, Falcao was forced to settle for an uneventful decision verdict.
A few Brazilians were so ticked off over the alleged Ocean’s Eleven-esque heist, they decided to conduct their own investigation with their certified stopwatch. Their experiment shows the round ended approximately seven seconds early.
Please click the media player below to witness their highly sophisticated study (via of MiddleEasy):