See MMA Twitter take the Kim Ji-yeon vs. Mandy Bohm fight at UFC Charlotte to town
At UFC 288 a week ago, Kron Gracie's 1990s-style performance (to put it lightly) against Charles Jourdain led to a lot of mockery on Twitter — and making the fight an early nominee for the worst of 2023.
Just a week later now at UFC Charlotte, the preliminary card bout between Kim Ji-yeon and Mandy Bohm may have topped that.
Ji-yeon did damage in the fight early in an active first round from both women, but the second saw a severe slowing down of pace. While both women had submission attempts in the first, the second saw neither woman really show much effective dominance in grappling (especially Ji-Yeon), let alone neither having much striking activity.
But it was at the end of the second round when the madness really kicked up a notch. A shove kick on the ground by Ji-yeon after the horn had sounded resulted in the referee deducting one point from Ji-yeon.
This was followed by more questionable fight decision-making by Ji-yeon, who choose to engage and grapple with Bohm instead of striking from range. During their engagement, Ji-yeon landed an illegal knee to a grounded Bohm. After some consultation from the doctor, the fight was declared off due to an unintentional illegal knee, forcing the bout to go to a rare technical decision.
But the referee wasn't done, deducting another point from Ji-yeon following the bout's ending due to the illegal knee. The problem? The judges had already given their scorecards, forcing another brief delay for them to do a re-do.
Twitter left baffled, facepalming the ending sequence of Kim Ji-yeon vs. Mandy Bohm at UFC Charlotte
Bohm won the fight on a technical split decision, being awarded two 28-27s, with the third judge awarding a 28-27 to Ji-yeon.
In her third UFC fight, Bohm now scores (under dubious circumstances) her first win in the Octagon.
Ji-yeon has now lost five straight fights.