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'Odd' moment UFC duo mishear Buffer announce winner is 'like optical illusion'

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BEMUSED UFC fans gave a split verdict after “damn odd” confusion reigned when Bruce Buffer announced a fight decision.

Many viewers claimed it was more than a featherweight farce when Charles Jourdain was left WRONGLY wrongly celebrating victory over Sean Woodson.

American winner Sean Woodson, right, initially thought the split decision had gone to Canadian opponent Charles Jourdain

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American winner Sean Woodson, right, initially thought the split decision had gone to Canadian opponent Charles JourdainCredit: UFC
Ring announcer Bruce Buffer was at the centre of controversy when Charles Jourdain appeared to have been given the verdict

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Ring announcer Bruce Buffer was at the centre of controversy when Charles Jourdain appeared to have been given the verdictCredit: UFC

One fight-lover compared the UFC 297 mishap to a famous optical illusion that went viral in 2015 where some viewers thought a black and blue dress was white or gold.

Both featherweights raised one fist as they waited for the verdict – then following Buffer’s announcement Jourdain punched the air with both arms as Woodson looked down in frustration.

The duo then embraced – only for Buffer to clarify the decision, leaving both fighters open-mouthed in bemusement but only Woodson rejoicing with delight and relief.

Fans were divided on who to blame for the mix-up – with iconic announcer Buffer, referee Jerin Valel and the two UFC combatants themselvesdall coming under the microscope.

A few viewers reckoned Buffer didn’t voice Woodson’s split-decision victory clearly enough – especially baffling as the Yank had looked a clear winner.

Others believed Valel had got confused – while some felt the fighters misheard the verdict.  

But there was general agreement for these social media posts: “That was so damn odd of a moment” … “What was that lol” … and “What a joke”.

One fan wrote: “Noticed all night Buffers mic has been hard to understand.”

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Another said: “LOL at Buffer. How do you make “Sean” sound like “Charles?” “

But a third argued: “It was the ref raising the wrong hand.” 

That opinion was backed up by these claims: “The ref was super confused” and “It was fully on the ref not Buffer”.

And one observer posted: “You could hear the last name but they both looked confused cause the ref raised up the wrong hand. “

Others insisted the fighters “misheard” Buffer – but more seemed to feel it was the ref who had misunderstood.

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