Many of the most disputed fights in the history of the sport inspired more conflict than you ever saw in the brawls themselves. When it comes to controversial fights from history, the older stories grow and mutate as decades pass. Despite the existence of hard facts behind much of these famed battles, the rumors usually emerge as the most entertaining part of the story. Whether displayed on television or behind closed doors in an unknown warehouse, the world’s most disputed fights each inspire a great deal of discourse as to not only their outcomes but what happened after them. Sometimes no clear winner emerges at the end, leaving audience members to debate their own accounts for eternity; in other fights, a clear victor was robbed of their win by either incompetent or corrupt judges.
As you learn about the most controversial fights in history, attempt to put yourself in the judges' shoes, or even a member of the audience. How would you have scored the fights? What do you think could have been done differently? Would you change who you were rooting for had you known the outcome in advance? Regardless of what you think, these are the facts below, and they will likely continue to stoke controversy for years to come.
Bruce Lee vs Wong Jack ManPhoto: Groundswell Productions, BH Tilt, WWE Studios
George St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
Timothy Bradley vs Manny PacquiaoVideo: YouTube
Chris Weidman vs Gegard Mousasi
Jade Jones vs Kimia Zernoorin
Angel Matos vs Arman Chilimanov