PFL 5 occurred on Thursday, June 17, 2021, live from Atlantic City, NJ. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
That literally might be the most significant robbery of all time. Those judges require investigated ASAP & & that decision requires to be overturned to a W for Rory @PFLMMA # 2021PFL5.
— noname (@Twaunkills) June 18, 2021.
Those were the immediate reactions to the judges providing Gleison Tibau a split decision win over MacDonald in a highly controversial main occasion that is being crucified as a burglary– and perhaps appropriately so.
Following his first-round submission of Curtis Millender at PFL 2, MacDonald looked to secure the front runner in the PFL welterweight playoffs. Tibau, meanwhile, was looking to get better from a loss to Joao Zeferino at the same card.
Twitter offers extremely unfavorable reaction to Gleison Tibau being granted a confusing choice win at PFL 5.
MacDonald appeared to get the much better of Tibau with striking in the first round, though Tibau got in and landed some powerful shots. MacDonald, however, threatened with a choke at the end of the first and continued to grapple much better than Tibau in the second round.
Tibau tried his finest to land clean notable strikes in the 2nd half of the battle, however it appeared to not be enough– that is, to everybody except the 2 judges who provided the battle to Tibau.
The scoring in the MacDonald vs. Tibau fight was … not great. Bad at all. #PFL 5.
— Jay Anderson (@CageSideJay) June 18, 2021.
The wrong man won. Tibau didnt should have that but if you bet Rory -1000 after enjoying that fight, you must feel bad about your bet ♂ # 2021PFL5.
— SharkStuh (@KillStuhDFS) June 18, 2021.
Luckily that decision didnt cost Rory and playoff area cause that wouldve been really bad # 2021PFL5.
— Jason Williams (@jasoneg33) June 18, 2021.
Rory MacDonald left the PFL cage upset and furious. If you believed Tibau won that fight, you shouldnt be a judge, period.
The scoring in the MacDonald vs. Tibau battle was … not good. Rory was straight up robbed. On the other hand, we get to see Rory and Cooper fight now.
As a result of MacDonalds loss, he now is up to the No. 2 seed and will fulfill protecting PFL welterweight champ Ray Cooper III in the semifinals.
The No. 1 seed now goes to Zeferino, who will deal with No. 4 seed and 2018 PFL welterweight champ Magomed Magomedkerimov in the semis.
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The MMA community was not amused by the judges giving Gleison Tibau the win in an extremely controversial PFL 5 centerpiece.
Rory MacDonald left the PFL cage upset and furious. PFL analyst and previous champ Sean OConnell called it an “indefensable choice.” And the MMA community went into an uproar.
Awful Judging. Rorys fault for letting it go to the cards however still, those judges absolutely wanted the underdog value on tibau tonight # 2021PFL5.
— RUSH HOUR MMA (@MMABudz) June 18, 2021.
Judges in MMA get away with terrible decisions all the time. What a joke that was. Actually embarrassing to be honest. If you believed Tibau won that fight, you shouldnt be a judge, duration.
At what point will judges need to respond to for their ratings? #pflmma #PFL 5.
— Ivo MMA (@ivo_sports) June 18, 2021.
Rory was straight up robbed. Disgraceful judging. On the other hand, we get to see Rory and Cooper battle now. # 2021PFL5.
— Eric Rangel (@DirkRangel) June 18, 2021.
The judges had a bet on tibau is the only explanation #pfl 5.
— #B (@_ahmahdi) June 18, 2021.