Adalaide Byrd came under fire for her controversial decision at boxing’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin matchup last year.
— Darragh Murphy (@DarrMurphy) September 17, 2017
Byrd has kept a low profile since her contentious scorecard was registered, but she returned to judging duties on Saturday night in Las Vegas when she was tasked with working the UFC 222 card.
she was one of the three judges watching the Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann fight. The commentary team, Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and cageside teammate Daniel Cormier managed to poke some pretty hilarious fun at Byrd in the middle of a fight. (Via MMAMania.com)
— Ryan Harkness (@Ryan_Harkness) March 4, 2018
Anik: I can tell you boys, that one of the three judges for this fight is one Adalaide Byrd. First time judging since that controversial August 2016 decision in GGG vs. ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, so don’t shoot the messenger.
Rogan: We just both had a heart attack. Oh God, she was driving a Ferrari for that fight.
Daniel Cormier: (laughs) Oh my goodness.
Rogan: She’s a nice lady though.
Cormier: She’s a great lady. The other day I saw her at The Ultimate Fighter… (laughs) She’s a very nice lady, let’s just leave it at that.
Rogan: She’s a very nice person. So is my mom, but I wouldn’t want her judging any fights.
Cormier: (Laughs) Oh my goodness, somebody get Joe Rogan! (Laughs) Somebody get Joe Rogan!
Rogan: My mom would be like, “Oh Canelo is handsome! I’ll give him the round.”
(They all laugh)
Byrd was referenced throughout the final round of that bantamweight bout. Cormier joined in on the fun.
Cormier: Leaving an impression in the judges’ minds is especially important. Especially… with…
(They all laugh)
Rogan: Don’t say it! Don’t say it! (laughs) We’ve given that lady enough problems.
Byrd worked three UFC fights on Saturday night that went to the scorecards, with all three of those bouts ending in split decisions. Most noticeable, she was the only judge to give a very questionable 29-28 score for Ashley Yoder over Makenzie Dern.
you cant tell me its a coincidence that Adelaide Byrd is judging tonight and every single decision has been a split decision. id say "someone get her some new glasses" but i dont think they make any thicker ones. #UFC222
— MacMally🍀 (@MacMallyMMA) March 4, 2018
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 4, 2018
— MMA mania (@mmamania) March 4, 2018