UFC on ESPN: Vera vs. Sandhagen was a great card, but as usual, it had some close and questionable decisions throughout the card. Andrea Lee vs. Maycee Barber was arguably the most controversial decision of the night.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair between both fighters, with Lee securing five takedowns, her highest out of all her UFC bouts. However, despite her wrestling success, the judges awarded Maycee Barber, who outstruck Lee by a small margin, the split decision victory. Let's examine the fight, the judges' scorecards, and The Verdict Scorecard and compare the data:
Both fighters started fast, with Barber looking to land hooks over Lee's kicks. Lee secured a takedown, controlled the fight on the mat for two minutes, and finished the round strong, landing combinations on Barber, who threw out a lot of big kicks.
Judges Scorecard: 10-9 Barber x3
The Verdict Scorecard: 9.61-9.41 Lee (close round)
The second round was the closest of the bout, with Barber pressing more and Lee kickboxing off the back foot. Three minutes into the round, Barber rocked Lee with a flurry of hooks but couldn't capitalize and gave up a takedown to Lee, who controlled the rest of the round.
Judges Scorecard: Collazo 10-9 Barber, C Lee 10-9 Lee, Miragliotta 10-9 Barber
The Verdict Scorecard: 9.59-9.44 Lee (close round)
Lee secured some early takedowns and momentarily held back control, and Barber kept up the pressure throwing big hooks and heavy body and head kicks. Barber secured a takedown mid-way through the round, but Lee was able to return to her feet and secure her third takedown of the round.
Judges Scorecard: Collazo 10-9 Lee, C Lee 10-9 Lee, Miragliotta 10-9 Barber
The Verdict Scorecard: 9.67-9.35 Lee (close round)
Official Result: Maycee Barber def. Andrea Lee: 29-28, 28-29, 30-27.
Now you've seen a round-by-round breakdown of the data and action, do you think the judges got it right, or do you agree with The Verdict Scorecard? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know with a comment below.