Despite a wide margin between their striking stats, Roxanne Modafferi went the distance with Casey O’Neill and convinced one Texas judge she was the winner of her retirement fight – via a 29-28 score – at UFC 271.
The remaining two judges correctly ruled O’Neill the winner by split decision with two scores of 29-28, but the crowd at Toyota Center seemingly refused to acknowledge her performance, booing loudly as she spoke and cheering as Modafferi took the post-fight mic for the last time. After congratulating Modafferi, UFC commentators Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping blasted the dissenting judge’s performance.
Here’s what fighters had to say about Roxanne Modafferi’s gritty retirement fight and Casey O’Neill’s win at UFC 271.
Take a bow ladies! Roxy, you are a pioneer for the women of this sport. Happy retirement, and best of luck with everything you do!— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 13, 2022
Great performance from King Casey tn! #UFC271
Great careeer @Roxyfighter great last fight your still improving— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 13, 2022
Incredible judge. What a dummy. Imagine a Super Bowl referee was the first game reffing in 4 years. Texas baba— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 13, 2022
Couldn’t be more proud— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 13, 2022