Chris Gutierrez and Cody Durden made history to kick off UFC Vegas 5.
With one of the smallest cards the UFC has had in a while, you may not have imagined anything UFC record-breaking to happen at UFC Vegas 5 — but it did in the opening bout of the preliminary card featuring Chris Gutierrez and Cody Durden.
The two sides battled to a unanimous draw, with all three judges scoring the contest 28-28.
It’s the first time in promotion history where a fight that has gone to a unanimous draw and didn’t involve a point being taken away from either competitor.
UFC Vegas 5 has first unanimous draw in UFC history without point deduction
Durden earned a 10-8 first-round across all three judges’ scorecards after scoring an early takedown and keeping control of the fight throughout the whole time it was on the ground in the first five minutes, holding control of Gutierrez’s back and nearly scoring a couple of finishes via choke.
Gutierrez, however, did manage to battle back and win both of the remaining two rounds across all the judges’ scorecards — but not to the level of degree that Durden won the first, resulting in the 28-28 scores.
This isn’t the first time where we have seen a unanimous draw scored in the UFC, but the others have been as the result of a point deduction.
Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans at UFC 73 was scored a unanimous draw after Ortiz got docked a point for holding onto the fence.
Travis Browne vs. Cheick Kongo from UFC 120 went to a unanimous draw when Kongo got deducted a point in the final round for grabbing his opponent’s shorts.