The Nevada State Athletic Commission has said Byrd will take ‘a short break’ but is being mum on whether she’s been pulled from UFC 216.
The Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin boxing event promised to bring fans back from the insane spectacle that was Mayweather vs. McGregor and give them a great fight between two of the best boxers in the world. And while Canelo and Golovkin both performed admirably in the ring, the same can’t be said for the judges who turned in a draw of a decision, leaving many with a bad taste in their mouth.
Most of the ire on the scorecards front went to judge Adalaide Byrd, who scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo. The other two judges had things much tighter with Dave Moretty scoring it 115-113 Golovkin and Don Trella turning in a 114-114 draw. The media ripped into Byrd immediately after the fight, and Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett ended up admitting she had ‘a bad night.’ Soon after he claimed the commission would be giving her ‘a short break’ from judging fights.
That’s where things get relevant for us MMA fans. UFC 216 on October 7th goes down in Nevada and people want to know whether Byrd is going to be scoring the Ferguson vs. Lee and / or Johnson vs. Borg fights from cageside. As it stands, there are differing accounts of what’s going on.
8 News Now has Byrd off UFC 216…
Breaking!! Judge Adalaide Byrd has been taken off UFC 216 fight card in Vegas. NSAC says she needs time away to regroup. @8NewsNow
— Chris Maathuis (@sports8) September 18, 2017
While MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi has the NSAC playing mum on Byrd’s status for the card:
Bob Bennett says decision has not been made on Adalaide Byrd at UFC 216. I also spoke with Byrd briefly. Story coming to @MMAFighting.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) September 18, 2017
UFC 216 is just two weeks away, so it would be ‘a short break’ indeed if Byrd is already back in action at that event. But it wouldn’t be surprising. Byrd has turned in numerous head scratcher decisions over the years and it has never affected her apparent tenure with the NSAC. You’d like to think blowing the scores on the most important fight of the year would be a catalyst for change, but sadly that’s probably not the case.