‘You can’t act like a lion and fight like a cat’: Fighters react to listless UFC Vegas 66 main event

Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland didn’t exactly send 2022 off with a bang.

In the final UFC main event of the year, Cannonier narrowly won a split decision over Sean Strickland after five rounds of technical strikes – and at times without incident. The back-and-forth contest produced one of the weirdest sets of scorecards you’ll see, with two judges scoring the fight 49-46 for Cannonier and the other 49-46 for Strickland.

Although the middleweight bout was light on drama, that didn’t mean there wasn’t a lot for the fighters to talk about, especially when it came to the lack of meaningful exchanges and scoring. particular.

Ode ‘Osbourne offered Sean Strickland some tough love, writing, “I love Sean, but you can’t act like a lion and fight like a cat.”

Fellow middleweight Derek Brunson called the scorecards “crazy” and wondered if MMA needed a “real scoring system.”

Check out more reactions from the MMA community here.