#EmmanuelSanchez entered his fight with #GeorgiKarakhanyan looking to break a unique trend stemming from his previous four fights. Instead, the result of his fight with Karakhanyan only added to this bizarre statistic.
Sanchez defeated Karakhanyan via majority decision on the main card of #Bellator170 to get himself back into the win column. But the way he won the fight just added to the narrow decision streak.
Before Bellator 170, Sanchez saw his previous four fights end in split decisions. Three of those fights he came out on the winning end of while one of them, his July 2016 bout with Daniel Weichel, found him on the wrong side of the decision.
At Bellator 170, he could have earned a unanimous decision to break that streak of narrow decisions. However, an errant upkick from Karakhanyan on Sanchez, who was in his guard, caused a halt to the action to warn Gogo of the foul. But Sanchez inexplicably -- and perhaps subconsciously -- responded by sending a pair of knees to Karakhanyan's head while down on his knees. Instead of a warning, this resulted in a point deduction.
It was a round that Sanchez was well on his way to winning. However, with the point deduction, he ended up losing the round 9-8 on two of the judges' scorecards while the other had it 19-9.
Obviously, a 9-8 round is rather unique to see in MMA. However, with the new rules for judging, 10-8 rounds are to be used in a more liberal fashion. If a fighter is leading in two of the three areas (damage, dominance and duration), a 10-8 round can be scored. Two judges saw Sanchez earning a 10-8 round. But the point deduction reduced the winning round to a rare 9-8 round.
Ultimately, the scoring resulted in Sanchez winning a majority decision instead of a unanimous one as one judge scored the fight 28-28 while the other two saw it in favor of Sanchez 28-27.
Maybe next time Sanchez can take a clear cut unanimous decision. Or, better yet, a knockout to end this rare streak of narrow decisions.