split decision

noun

Definition of split decision

: a decision in a boxing match reflecting a division of opinion among the referee and judges

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The two went at it in an intense back-and-forth that ultimately ended in a split decision win for Luque. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "UFC fighter Mike Perry just got his nose shattered," 11 Aug. 2019 Winner: Kyung Ho Kang, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241 live updates: Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic," 17 Aug. 2019 Pacquiao split decision Manny Pacquiao handed Keith Thurman his first loss Saturday night in a WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Weekend in sports: What happened with D-Backs, British Open, and Pacquiao fight?," 22 July 2019 The high-energy season climax changed the trajectory of the show completely, as Beth made the split decision to get Rio out of the picture for good in order for the women to get in the driver's seat of their business. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "'Good Girls' Is Returning for an Explosive Third Season," 10 July 2019 Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Keith Thurman by split decision for the WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Manny Pacquiao’s victory would be the ultimate farewell to a storied career," 21 July 2019 Hernandez had lost just one other fight in his career: a split decision at a Hero FC event in June 2013. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio native Alexander Hernandez earns decision win to highlight UFC Fight Night," 21 July 2019 The 40-year-old set the tone by flooring Thurman in the first round with a straight right hand and won the 12-round bout on a split decision to become the oldest welterweight champion in history. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman in split decision for welterweight crown," 21 July 2019 Jones won the fight by split decision, retaining the 205-pound title. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Thiago Santos Fought Jon Jones Through ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscus Tears," 8 July 2019

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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