F2W CEO Seth Daniels decided to publicly reveal the reasoning behind two close decisions that took place on this weekend’s Fight 2 Win 164 card in both the main and co-main event, after noticing some pushback from fans about the chosen winners. This wouldn’t be the first time that a promotion received criticism from fans for judging or refereeing, and it certainly won’t be the last, but this is definitely one of the few times that the promotion’s CEO has actually addressed them and explained the decisions in depth to placate said fans. Daniels made the announcement on his official Instagram where he started by explaining the match between Dante Leon and Manuel Ribamar:
As the F2W CEO explained, all decisions made for their events are based purely on the number of strong submission attempts that the athletes manage to make, and whether they could be considered a “near-finish”. Interestingly, Daniels admitted that this match was far too close to call consistently and was open to saying that he would’ve given the match to Leon instead. As he pointed out though, there’s a very clear-cut difference between a close fight that could’ve been called either way, and an actual robbery. Then, Daniels went on to address the evening’s main event between Yuri Simoes and Vagner Rocha:
Daniels again conceded that the match was too close to call, and could’ve feasibly gone to either competitor. But, according to the rules surrounding F2W decisions, it made slightly more sense to give the fight to Rocha considering that he was the more aggressive competitor in terms of submission attempts during the match, something he’s often known for. As Daniels points out, with neither of these matches being a boring stall-fest, regardless of whether fans disagreed with the decisions, the event still delivered plenty of action.
The full Fight 2 Win 164 event replay is available to watch on FloGrappling, click here to subscribe.
Or for the latest in Fight 2 Win news, click here.