UFC 155: Judges Robbed Jamie Varner of Unanimous Decision vs. Melvin Guillard

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jamie Varner (left) strikes Melvin Guillard (right) during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Whoever the judge was that scored against Jamie Varner at UFC 155 might want to watch out.

Varner won a split decision against Melvin Guillard in their UFC 155 preliminary fight. The judges scored it 30-27, 27-30 and 30-27.

The two were originally supposed to fight on The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale on Dec. 15, but Varner was ill the night of the fight. As a result, the fight was pushed back to Saturday night.

Almost every fan in attendance and those watching the fight live will agree that it was well worth the wait, even if the ending left many unsatisfied.

Incorrect and shady judging is something not often associated with the UFC, at least nowhere near as much as it is with professional boxing.

After the fight between Varner and Guillard, though, announcer Joe Rogan was claiming that the judge who scored against Varner should never judge another UFC fight again. The crowd was audibly booing at the announcement that Guillard won a round.

And it's hard to argue that Rogan and the crowd weren't right to be upset.

The difference between a split decision and unanimous decision are negligible, and the two count the exact same in the record book.

However, as is the cliche, it's the principle of the matter.

Fighting is unique in that it isn't always clear who wins when it's all said and done. That's why judges exist. They're supposed to use their expert opinion to assess who might have won an otherwise level fight.

In some cases, it's clear who the winner is, and the judges are there to confirm what everybody already knows. Something went wrong, though, Saturday night.

Varner dominated most of the fight. It wasn't the kind of fight where he was light years ahead of Guillard, but he was clearly the better fighter.

Guillard did land some strikes, but it was Varner who took Guillard down to the mat multiple times. Varner was the more aggressive of the two, and he dictated the pace of the fight.

Then there was the move that came right at the end of the third round.

Guillard was draped over Varner's back. Varner then dropped himself and Guillard to the mat. For the WWE fans out there, it was a little similar to the Celtic Cross used by Finlay. Had Guillard not tucked in his head, he could have suffered paralysis.

It was a thrilling way to end a fight, especially since Guillard didn't suffer serious injury. It was a fight that neither Varner nor Guillard dominated, but one that Varner certainly didn't lose.