If you’re a combat sports judge, it’s never a good thing when your name is known. Indeed, that is the case with Adalaide Byrd.
Byrd came under fire this past weekend in the wake of her score for the boxing super fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The thrilling bout ended in a draw, which Byrd scored 118-110 (10 rounds to two) for Alvarez.
The result, and especially Byrd’s scorecard, incurred the wrath of the combat sports world on social media. It also leaves in question her immediate future of potentially judging next month’s UFC 216, also taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
A report from FOX 5 in Las Vegas indicated the Nevada State Athletic Commission didn’t select Byrd to work UFC 216, though the decision was made prior to Canelo-GGG and had nothing to do with her scorecard on Saturday.
In a later story posted to MMAFighting.com, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said a decision on Byrd’s UFC 216 status hasn’t been made.
“I will speak with the chairman (Anthony Marnell III) and Adalaide, and we will decide in a week or so,” Bennett said.
That assessment comes on the heels of Bennett expressing his disapproval of Byrd’s Canelo-GGG score, which baffled the masses. He hinted that she could take a break from judging.
“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett said, via the Los Angeles Times. “She’ll still be in the business … but she needs to catch her breath.”
“Like in any profession, you have a bad night,” Bennett added. “Unfortunately, she didn’t do well. I can tell you she conducts training for us, takes judges under her wing … but her score was too wide.”
UFC 216 features a pair of championship fights, with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) squaring off for the interim lightweight title. Also, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) will go for a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense when he takes on Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The three judges for Ferguson vs. Lee were selected Sept. 11, and Byrd was not among them.
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Source: MMA Junkie