The lightweights battled on the main card of UFC Fight Night 103, and Held controlled much of the action in rounds two and three with his takedowns and top game. As a result, it appeared all but certain that the footlock master was going to record his first UFC win. That didn’t happen, however, as Lauzon was awarded the fight by two judges with 29-28 scores.
Immediately after the scores were read out, Lauzon acknowledged that he shouldn’t have been awarded the victory. Then, while speaking to the press backstage, the rugged vet said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I was in his shoes last time, and he’s coming over from Bellator, and they match him up with Diego (Sanchez), he has a tough outing at altitude, and then I think he gets screwed on a decision (against me).
“That’s supper crappy. That’s a really bad start, 0-2, and he’s really good. I’ll be harassing (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, (saying), ‘You’ve got to keep that guy around. He’s really, really good.’”
Lauzon has always been one of the classiest guys in the game, and there’s more evidence of it right there. Since the consensus seems to be that Held in fact won that fight, chances are he won’t receive his walking papers from the UFC.
Held made his Octagon debut against the aforementioned Sanchez in November, and lost via UD.