Ray Longo Reacts To ‘Absolutely Horrendous’ Scorecard From Mike Bell: ‘It Just Reeks Of Dishonesty’

Highly respected MMA coach Ray Longo provided his opinion on the Noche UFC main event controversy.

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Ray Longo (Left) and the Noche UFC main event decision (Right)(Images via Instagram @UFCunfiltered and @UFC)

Ray Longo joined the many people calling out Mike Bell for his controversial Noche UFC main event scorecard. 

It’s been three days since Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 was shockingly scored a split-decision draw. Although time is quickly passing by, the frustration for Mike Bell’s scorecard continues to circulate in the MMA community. 

For those that don’t know, Bell scored the fifth round a 10-8 for Grasso, shifting the result from a Shevchenko win to a draw. As a result, the Guadalajara native retained the UFC women’s flyweight title, leaving ‘Bullet’ with an unclear future. 

During an appearance on Won’t Back Down with Chris Weidman, Ray Longo had this to say about the Noche UFC main event decision:

“I thought Valentina did enough to win. That 10-8 score is just absolutely horrendous in that situation, and that’s what took the fight away from that girl. To borrow one of Joe Rogan’s sayings, that’s some f*ckery. That 10-8 in that position and the timing of everything, if that doesn’t reek conspiracy theory, nothing does. I don’t know how that guy did that. He changed the whole shift of that fight.”

Longo continued: 

“I always say this. 95% of fights anybody can judge. For the 5% like this fight, where you really gotta dig in and plant your feet and get it right, this is what kills me. In no way shape or form, that 10-8 is just so confusing. It just reeks of dishonesty. How do you do that in a fight like that?”

Unfortunately for Shevchenko, she will continue to endure the negative effects of Bell’s scorecard. ‘Bullet’ has begun advocating for another immediate rematch against Grasso, but it’s unclear if the UFC is interested in making the trilogy bout. 

Watch Ray Longo discuss Mike Bell’s scorecard below:

Chris Weidman and Ray Longo share a hilarious moment while discussing the latter’s hip replacement surgery

On August 19, Chris Weidman returned to the Octagon for the first time since suffering a horrific leg injury in April 2021. Unfortunately for him, he lost against Brad Tavares by unanimous decision and walked away with a leg fracture. 

During the previously-mentioned conversation with Ray Longo, Weidman jokingly had this to say about Longo’s contribution to his UFC 292 fight:

“You just had a hip replacement surgery. How you feeling? Because I haven’t seen you since you we’re gonna be walking to the Octagon with me and coaching me in between rounds, but I never seen you in the cage because you couldn’t get up there. I was waiting the whole time in between rounds looking for you. I haven’t seen you since. How are you doing?”

Longo hilariously responded by saying:

“You were just born rotten, that’s what it has to be at this one.”

Despite enduring another setback, Chris Weidman doesn’t plan on retiring. In fact, the 39-year-old is confident he will return to the win column after recovering from his injury.

It’ll be intriguing to see if the former UFC middleweight champion can silence the doubters who believe he should retire.

Watch Chris Weidman and Ray Longo talk about the latter’s hip replacement surgery below:

Published on September 19, 2023 at 7:04 pm
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