According to an Oct. 20 interview with WMMA Jam Live, UFC star Julie Kedzie told show hosts Stacey Lynn and Jessica Philippus that she thinks Sarah Kaufman did enough to earn the judges' decision against Jessica Eye during Saturday's UFC 166 event in Houston, Texas.
Kedzie, a UFC bantamweight contender, believes Kaufman won the second and third rounds, which should have given her the edge over Eye. However, she admits to being partial towards Kaufman because she had trained with her, and she didn't mean any disrespect towards Eye.
"I'm completely partial to Sarah [Kaufman]. We've trained together for four years. I really thought Sarah had edged out the second and third rounds. I thought for sure she had won the third round, but hats off to Jessica [Eye] for coming in and putting on a great performance, you know? First I was like 'Rahh!' when I heard the judges' decision, but I mean that's how it goes," Kedzie said. "That's the fight game. So hats off to Jessica. Congratulations to her."
"I really do think Sarah won the second and third rounds, but two judges saw it differently than me. So there you go."
Kedzie watched the fight live and in person, so she didn't have a television screen in front of her.
"From my vantage point, it seemed like Sarah was putting more pressure forward and really controlling the cage better," Kedzie said of the scrap between Kaufman and Eye. "Better you know I didn't have the screen in front of me. It was a live event and of course I'm totally biased. I was cheering for Sarah. We trained together. So every time I see her hit and engage, I tend to think she wins the exchange. That's why I'm never going to be an MMA judge."
For those watching the bout, it was clear that Eye took the first round and Kaufman had won the third. The only round in question was the extremely close second.
When Bruce Buffer read the scores, he announced that Eye picked up her first win in her UFC debut.
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