In the co-main event of UFC 205 in New York, UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley fought Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson to a spirited, competitive and rare majority draw. In laymen’s terms, Woodley won round 1, and dominated round 4 enough to be awarded a 10-8 while Wonderboy won the remaining three rounds, resulting in a bit of scorecard wonkiness and a bit of a math puzzle for everybody involved in the decision.
The decision was even delayed, as Buffer had to step out of the octagon to check with the New York state athletic commission about the scores.
Eventually when the scores were announced — two 47-47 cards and 48-47 card for Woodley — UFC announce Bruce Buffer declared Woodley a decision victor. Except, that’s not exactly right, as people like former Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight champion pointed out, those score cards would be a majority draw, still resulting in Woodley keeping the belt.
So, after some confusion, Buffer returned to announce the rightful decision, annoying Woodley in the process.
It was embarrassing, not only for the UFC but for the New York state athletic commission and the judges as well. Because Twitter never misses a bit, timelines everywhere lit up with the obvious Steve Harvey at the Miss America pageant jokes as well as some electoral college foolishness and everything else.