Though all eyes are on the Nevada Athletic Commission for mangling Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley's fight, Florida made a pretty big error of its own on Friday night. Mike Pierce beat Carlos Eduardo Rocha in a decision that was announced as a split.
Officials with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the Florida Boxing Commission, confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that judge Ric Bays, whose score was read as 30-27 for Rocha, had scored the fight in error.
"After the fight, Ric Bays informed the Commission that he scored the wrong corner and asked for a correction," said Sandi Poreda, the director of communications for the FDBPR. "As the other fight was starting, the commission changed it on the official record."
Heading into the bout with Rocha, Pierce had three straight split decisions. His loss to Josh Koscheck was tight enough for one judge to see it for Pierce, so you could see why another split decision when he earned the unanimous would upset him.
With this error, plus attendance of just 6,635, you can bet the UFC won't be visiting Florida again soon. They may have sunshine, Mickey Mouse and LeBron James, but they aren't the best hosts for fights.