Did Rampage get screwed?

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

Itís the morning after UFC 86 and many fans are posting their displeasure over Forrest Griffinís title win. Some are calling it bad judging, others say it was a fix and then there are the nut bars who claim it is the result of a conspiracy helmed by the Ďevilí Dana White.

This is nothing new for the online mixed-martial arts community. You canít go one event without someone making an asinine claim based on little evidence.

However, the scoring for last nightís main event certainly makes little sense, supporting the claim that the judges are either blind or stupid.

Judge Adalaide Byrd gave rounds one, two and three to Griffin, with the second round being scored 10-8. This gives us a total of 48-46 for Griffin.

Nelson Hamilton had rounds two, three and five for Griffin. He also scored the second 10-8. This adds up to 48-46 for Griffin.

Finally, Roy Silbert gave Griffin every round except for the fourth. The second was also scored a 10-8. So this totals 49-46 for Griffin.

So we have two judges giving the first round to Griffin, even though he almost had his head taken off. One of the main pieces of criteria for scoring a match is effective striking. The key word is effective. Jackson blasting Griffin and knocking him down was the most significant shot in that round.

They also didnít take into consideration the fact that Jackson clearly came back strong to take the third round by dishing out more damage and staying out of harmís way.

I actually had the bout scored as a draw with Griffin taking rounds two (10-8) and five, thus giving us a total of 47-47.

So what does this all mean? It was a super close fight and it really could have gone either way. Though I disagree with the judgesí score cards, the rules are left so open to interpretation that things like this are bound to happen.

Regardless, a rematch needs to be signed so we can find out who the better man is.

FORREST WASNíT THE ONLY SUCCESSFUL GRIFFIN

Tyson Griffin put on another solid performance, scoring one of the biggest wins of his career against Marcus Aurelio. He kept the fight standing and used his much improved striking to punish the dangerous submission fighter. When it did go to the ground, he showed he wasnít afraid to take chances.

Aurelio tried frantically to catch a submission, but just couldnít hold onto anything.

The winner of the match between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta at UFC 87 will be next in line for a light-heavyweight title shot, but Griffin isnít too far behind.

COTE DOESNíT DESERVE A TITLE SHOT YET

This isnít a knock against Patrick Cote, but he barely won last night. Worse yet, it was a slow fight and the fans were booing heavily. Though heís really looked good in his last few encounters, his UFC record is still only 4-4.

Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will be going up a weight class to take on James Irvin on July 19. From there, a title defense against Yushin Okami could still happen.

The UFC should give Cote one more match before he gets to fight for the championship.

LYTLE WON FANS OVER IN DEFEAT

Though Chris Lytle received one hell of a beating last night, he showed a ton of heart and never gave up. Youíve got to love that kind of passion.

Also, you can expect to Josh Koscheck fighting for the title in the next year or so.


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