Theft review: Daniel Rodriguez vs. Li Jingliang at UFC 279

Few things infuriate MMA fans more than incorrectly recording a fight, though the term “stealing” tends to be thrown carelessly and often steeped in bias. With the Robbery Review, we’ll look at the controversial fights and determine if the judges have rightly criticized their decision or if critics need to examine their surprising reactions

Li Jingliang‘s UFC 279 Fight week couldn’t be much worse.

‘The Leech’ was originally set to fight a UFC legend Tony Ferguson in the co-main event last Saturday, but lost both his opponent and his place on the card due to shuffling a lineup due to Shemaev’s punsNeglecting weight loss. Before that, Lee missed out on the opportunity to flaunt his gorgeous new suit and talk to fans and the media at a Thursday press conference that was canceled due to Shemayev and Nate DiazHis bands engaged in a backstage brawl.

Then he climbed up to the cage to face him Daniel Rodriguez, a fellow welterweight competitor entered the bout with a significant weight advantage after initially weighing in for a 180-pound weight class bout. Then I lost an intense battle.

Several of his colleagues immediately joined on his behalf to protest the judges’ decision.

It seems that Lee himself bear the loss in stepBut for the sake of him and the many fans who felt he won the fight, we’re obligated to take this to the Robbery Review Lab for a closer look.

What was the official result?

Daniel Rodriguez defeated. Li Jingliang crossed a divided decision.

How did the fight go?

We’re usually able to focus on a round or key moment in a fight to help us see why the verdict is so controversial, but as you’ll see from the scorecards in the next section, every round in this fight was a throw-up according to the judges, so we’ll have to dig in here.

One general note we can make is that Lee was the busiest fighter during the three rounds. The movement and speed he used to tackle the elder Rodriguez was really impressive and his sheer activity would have been an important factor for anyone recording the fight.

Rodriguez got his attack first in the first round, waving through Li’s low kicks to land a few clean punches to the head. Lee was doing well with his kicks, but his punches were less than that, which was not surprising given Rodriguez’s excellent kicks. Lee needed half a round to make his first solid formula, a clean 1-2 result that helped Rodriguez advance. After about 45 seconds there is another good 1-2 by Li and you start to see how narrow the gap between these two is. Rodriguez kept a jab, not looking to bite into Lee’s many feints, and then took advantage of a sloppy kick from Lee by breaking it with his left punch through his jaw, possibly the best kick of the round. A low kick caused Rodriguez to falter, but other than that he was unhurt when he jumped to his feet.

Heading into round two, you can see how Lee’s athleticism can cause problems for Rodriguez, but it was actually Rodriguez who held the octagon position for the most part. They exchanged lightning punches early on and Li began the adventure, edging out hard with mixed results. Rodriguez stuck to a consistent diet of kicks and counter-rights, in addition to Lee’s low kicks. More punches fell from Lee despite his best efforts. Lee reached out with a nice low kick, but then ate a hard punch trying to punch Superman. Great moment for Li with a minute left as Rodriguez grabbed a quick left shot followed by a hammer to the right.

Li had good counteraction early in Round 3, although neither fighter went down with much effect in the opening exchange. Rodriguez caught me coming with another counter. Lee’s aggression started to work against him as Rodriguez cut it 1-2. They exchanged leg kicks before Rodriguez returned to a jab. Lee was still looking forward to getting big shots, but with the replay feature, it’s easy to see that a few of those shots fell outside of the correct transverse turn. Rodriguez continued to deliver jab after jab, a reliable weapon throughout the fight.

What did the judges say?

Mike Bill Rodriguez scored 29-28.

Douglas Crosby scored the score 29-28 Rodriguez.

Ron McCarthy scored 29-28 LE.

In a rare incident and an accurate reflection of how hard the battle was, neither of the scorecards were a match. Bale scored in rounds 2 and 3 for Rodriguez, Crosby scored in rounds 1 and 2 for Rodriguez, and McCarthy scored in rounds 2 and 3 for Lee.

What do the numbers say?

(Stats per UFC stats)

Looking at the official statistics only leads to more mud in the water.

With the big hit count, Lee won the first round (27-20), while Rodriguez won the second round (34-24) and the third round (34-27). Rodriguez also won the header fight each round (R1: 10-7, R2: 19-8, R3: 25-10), which shouldn’t reduce Li’s advantage in body and leg strokes, but headers in general are more indicators Importance for immediate effect (although telling that Irene Aldana).

No fatalities were recorded in the fight.

Li was credited with a first-round elimination that resulted in no fouls.

What did the media say?

The media was almost unanimous in scoring the fight in Li’s favour, giving 20 out of 23 results MMA Resolutions for “The Leech”.

Two members of the media (including respected Jade Michio) earned Rodriguez 29-28, while MMA Mania’s Drake Riggs earned 30-27 Li.

What did people say?

(Data derived from MMA and . decisions MMA الحكم referee)

Fans who scored the match in MMA resolutions also saw this as a clear win for Li, with 68.2 percent voting on 29-28 Li and another 21.5 percent on 30-27 Li.

Round after round, 81.8 percent scored Round 1 10-9 for Li and 87.4 percent scored Round 2 10-9 for Li. Rodriguez’s 10-9 score in the third round was the first choice, but until then he had only received 57 percent of the vote.

Voters on the Verdict MMA app scored the fight for Li by a large margin.

This scoring system takes the cumulative total of each fan score submitted (filtering anomalous scores like 10-7 random seconds if they make up less than 1% of the total) in each round and dividing by the amount of scores submitted to determine the winner in each round as well as in its entirety.

The scorers gave each round to Lee, the top two with over 50 points. This resulted in a final winning margin of 142 points for Li, well above the threshold of 100 that I consider indicative of a convincing win according to the scoring system.

How did you register it?

First of all, for the fans in attendance who booed that brawl, stop being silly. Guess we don’t enjoy high-level tactical punching these days?

Second, I scored that goal for Rodriguez at the moment, so I had a bias in this review.

Watching the fight again, I found myself focusing on whether or not Rodriguez’s head strikes were as effective as I remembered, and whether or not I had paid enough attention to Lee’s body and leg. What I found was that Rodriguez’s bodily and leg work was actually better than it was at first glance and that Lee did some really good headshots himself.

At first I felt confident that Round 1 was for Rodriguez and Round 2 was for Round Lee, but now I can see how Round 1 could be for Lee and Round 2 could be for Rodriguez! What a trip.

As I became likable, I noticed (with the benefit of multiple replays) that many of Li’s powerful shots that unbalanced Rodriguez were not actually connected, although I imagine it was these moments that played well with Li in the eyes of the livestream view. Many exchanges happened in a jiffy and it was easy to miss. However, there is no doubt in my mind that Rodriguez has consistently managed to get better headshots and there is no reason to prove me a win with this aspect of the fight.

So I’m standing at my 29-28 score with Rodriguez, the third round was his best frame and it was very difficult to score the first two goals.

Was it a theft?

I’m convinced that a lot of support for Li is the result of people wanting to see Li win after he passed last week like a champ, but I’m not a mind reader so I’ll just say that I Personally he wanted to see Lee win after everything he had to put up with. So I understand how one would want to see him rewarded not just for being a corporate guy, but for delivering a solid performance against a bigger fighter and a tough stylistic match.

It also doesn’t help that Rodriguez was at his most methodical, which wasn’t necessarily Barnburner’s making, though keep in mind that neither fighter was trained for the other, so they’d figure it out while flying there. The fans were not given the best of Rodriguez nor Lee and the fighters still made for an entertaining and competitive competition.

Competition is the key word in this heist review discussion, as it was undoubtedly a back-and-forth battle where both fighters spent their moments without pulling off convincingly. If you think Rodriguez’s strike nullified me, fine; If you think Lee gained approval through his aggression in time, that’s fine too.

Here’s the point: it doesn’t matter if you scored for Rodriguez or for me. If you think either man clearly won this fight, you are either a liar or you don’t know what to watch.

Final verdict

Not theft.


Was Daniel Rodriguez’s win over Li Jingliang a steal?