UFC judges have a tendency to leave fans and fighters bewildered.
It happened again on Saturday night, as a controversial split decision gave Alex Volkanovski the victory over Max Holloway in the UFC 251 co-main event. The decision even surprised Dana White.
“Listen, man, you can’t leave it to these guys,” White said. “We’ve got some bad judging. We’ve got some bad judging and — I don’t know, has Max been in here yet? I’m sure he’s devastated.”
According to MMADecisions, 18 media members scored the fight in favor of Holloway, while nine others scored it for Volkanovski.
The split decision also caused many bettors to feel as if they had suffered a bad beat on Holloway, who was priced at around a +175 underdog. FanDuel Sportsbook decided to make its customers happy Monday, choosing to refund all pre-fight straight bets on Holloway to win or win by decision.
Bettors were refunded their money in site credit. However, any parlays decided by the questionable split decision were not provided with the bad beat refund.
These refunds have been gaining traction over the last few years, especially at DraftKings and FanDuel. The New Jersey version of FanDuel did this following the “double doink” in the Eagles-Bears playoff game two years ago.
DraftKings refunded bettors who took Florida State -8.5 against Vermont in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, as the Seminoles chose to run out the clock instead of shooting a wide open layup in the final seconds of the game.
Bad beat refunds are a unique way for sportsbooks to boost their popularity among bettors and receive attention on social media.