UFC on ESPN 7 was to be Song Yadong’s defining moment in the UFC. A win against Cody Stamann would have pushed the no. 13-ranked bantamweight further up the 135-pound ladder. But, both men will be going home without a win after their bantamweight bout was declared a majority draw.
An early point deduction against Song for an illegal knee was likely a critical factor in the final result.
The point deduction came in the opening round as Song looked to work his way out of submission. He immediately knew what he had done and threw his arms up in frustration. The referee wasted no time taking a point away from Song.
After the illegal blow, Song stepped on the gas, throwing everything at Stamann as he looked to rebuild momentum.
As the second round kicked in Stamann played it smart and looked to capitalise on his successful takedowns and top control. Ultimately, his multiple takedowns proved too much for the 22-year-old Chinese prospect.
As the third round played out Stamann ramped it up, landing some huge punches from the top as Song struggled to find a response. When the final bell rang, Stamann climbed to the top of the Octagon thinking he had won. The judges, however, saw it differently and the declared the fight a majority draw.
The final scorecards read 29-27, 28-28 and 28-28.