I see a lot of people thinking that Beneil won the decision or that at minimum, it could have gone either way. I find that kind of shocking. I had Johnson winning both fights, but upon further reviewing, I actually noticed his fight with Barboza was substantially closer than it is given credit for. I rewatched both fights. One thing that is crystal clear, is that both fights were called by Florian and came with a lot of bias in favor of Johnson. He ignored Dariush's flying knees and almost every one of Barboza's body kicks. The same kicks that bunch Rogan's shorts and get people excited. I don't mean this in a negative way, but both fights are full of Johnson volume punching and swinging at air more often than not, but still coming forward. Out of the two fights, it is clear that Barboza landed cleaner and more powerful strikes than Dariush. As far as stats go: A lot of people are saying Dariush had superior defense. Well he kept Johnson to 37%. Barboza kept him to 20%. Johnson landed over twice as many significant strikes on Dariush than he did on Edson. The total strike differential of 7 over all three rounds combined, in comparison to 11 against Dariush (both in favor of Johnson). Half of Barboza's significant strikes on Johnson were body kicks (16 total) (Kicks are scored higher). He landed at a 31% clip to Johnson's 20%. Fight Metric has Barboza losing round 1 and 2, and winning round 3, just like Dariush. With the main difference that no mma media outlets had Dariush winning the fight, while two media sites had Barboza winning 29-28. I don't want to start any animosity here, I am just looking for discussion. If a decision is a terrible one, do some people just side with the winner just because?