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Bad Judging is the new black

Just like the fashion world, the MMA world revolves around seasonal trends. The Summer season’s big trend was steroids – nandrolone was totally hot, and boldenone made a surprise comeback. This Fall season the trend is shifting to focus on judging: Bisping / Hamill has set the tone for the coming months and everyone is going to run this thing into the ground. But just like Uggs and gigantic sunglasses (I call them 21st century paper bags), not all trends are good or warranted.

Case in point: the Nick Diaz / Mike Aina fight. Yeah, Diaz looked like shit. And yeah, Mike was doing a pretty good job of throwing leather. But while the fight itself was a close one, the end result is really not worth crying foul over the way Hamill/Bisping was. Of course, there’s always a number of things that make you go hmmm:

Diaz took scores of 30-27 and 29-28, while Aina won by a count of 29-28 on one judge’s scorecard. Y! Sports scored the fight 29-28 Aina. The judge who scored the match 30-27 Diaz was spotted chatting on his cell phone at one point during the fight and spent a chunk of round 1 with his back turned to the fight, engaging a woman sitting at the press table in a conversation.

One has to wonder if anyone would be calling the judge out if it wasn’t for the fact that he scored the fight 30-27 for Diaz when you’d have to be blind not to give round 1 to Aina. Obviously ICON Sports president Patrick Freitas is thinking that by clarifying that little oopsie, everything will go away:

(an initial scorecard reading of 30-27 for Diaz was incorrect, said ICON Sport’s Patrick Freitas)

Of course, depending on the size of your tinfoil hat, this may seem just a bit too convenient for you. And hey, I can’t blame you … who’s going to believe anything a sleazy fight promoter says, especially when they’re trying to downplay controversy? Once again, I gotta say it: Running in an unregulated region is fucking wicked. It gives me days and days worth of writing material for this site.

  • MJC_123

    Tell me you have thought about the possibility of them trying to ride the Hamill vs Bisping controversey for their own benefit. Another big judging scandal draws attention to the promotion and the admittedly good event they put on.

    Not quite the “montreal screwjob” (Bret vs Shawn) but we are getting close….Oh the conspiracy!!!

  • http://valetudo.com Nhbalex

    I love the title!

    I haven’t seen the Diaz v Aina fight… for me the screwjob was Hammil v Bisping..

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    For me the screwjobs started back when Guida got into the UFC. But now it’s the new rage so everyone’s jumping in on screaming about judging.

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com/ garth

    Clay’s been screwed more often than Jenna.

  • SuperTightWonderWave

    In fairness, you do have to consider the angle each individual judge has when scoring the fight. You can’t score what you don’t see.

    The real issue though is unqualified judges, more so than corrupt judges.

  • MJC_123

    If the judge has his back to the fight all considerations of the angle, are rubbish.
    He aint gonna see shit fooooo

  • Pontus

    For me the screwjobs started with japanese mma (k-1, pride) way back in the day..

    Its a rare thing to watch a japanese mma event and not be surprised with some of the referering or judging.

    Is it just me or is it a tad odd that we set a whole different standard for the UFC then we do for every other org out there?

    Júst watch the latest k-1 event imaging the refs being like that in the ufc and taking time outs to let bisping regain his wits when he was rocked.

    Don’t get me wrong I still love the japanese mma.. Its just funny that things that hardcore fans get very upset about if they happen in the ufc they never seemed to care if it happened in Pride or know in k-1.

  • http://MMACritique.blogspot.com Thomas

    According to Dana White, It’s your fault for letting the fight go to the judges. Ask Bobby Southworth

  • Pontus

    I can’t spell for shit either.. I meant “or now in the ufc”…. Damn english.
    Why couldn’t Sweden have conquered the world instead.

    Damn you Charles XII why did you have to pick a fight with Russia!

  • Pontus

    ajfajfjsfa This is getting ridicilous I meant “or now in k-1″..
    Im blaming it all on my meds.

  • ACanadianPotHead

    This has nothing to do with the post…

    Does anyone know anyone with a fight club membership with UFC? Do you know if all the on demand videos are incuded?

    Great site guys, visit this one more than any nowadays.

  • http://deleted sonzai

    “For me the screwjobs started with japanese mma (k-1, pride) way back in the day..
    Its a rare thing to watch a japanese mma event and not be surprised with some of the referering or judging.
    Is it just me or is it a tad odd that we set a whole different standard for the UFC then we do for every other org out there?
    Júst watch the latest k-1 event imaging the refs being like that in the ufc and taking time outs to let bisping regain his wits when he was rocked.
    Don’t get me wrong I still love the japanese mma.. Its just funny that things that hardcore fans get very upset about if they happen in the ufc they never seemed to care if it happened in Pride or know in k-1.”

    I knew exactly what you meant and back you up 100%. It’s hilarious–the boards/blogs would be full of rage and vitriol if what happened in K-1 last night happened in the UFC, yet because it’s Japan, it’s OK. Is it a “Oh, those quirky Japanese” thing? In this regard, it seems that the hardcores are (unconsciously) implying that they do indeed think that non-UFC events are the fringe and so exceptions can be made. Interesting…

  • Rollo the Cat

    “Damn you Charles XII why did you have to pick a fight with Russia”

    Now that’s an interesting topic. We need more history and linguistic discussions on here.

    So close to world domination you were Pontus. If only you hadn’t fought that day at Poltava we would all be eating herring.

  • http://grabthe.info TIGERTAO

    Totaly off topic, but Linker YOU NEED TO CHECK EVAN TANNERS LAST BLOG ENTRY…

    Captain Tanner hits the rockiest bottom?

    Salvaging a career?

    A boat to rehab?

    Shit I’m sure you can think of something wittier, but its one sad ass story!

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    that was a crazy-ass post on evan tanner’s blog, for sure…
    here it is: http://www.evantanner.net/news_on_the_foundation

    Here’s Fighthype doing a mini interview with Genki Sudo (i got it from a sherdog post, and they excerpted this bit:
    PC: What the hell were you thinking when you took on Eric “Butterbean” Esch, who outweighed you by at least 225 pounds?

    GS: I was thinking, “I hope he’s already had his dinner.”
    funny-ass comment.)

    parentheses RULE

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    you know what’s screwed up is evan tanner’s been like a mile and a half away from me over in oceanside harbor. i woulda bought him a drink to help soften the blow of falling off the wagon.

  • ajadoniz

    don’t blame bad judging on Guida, it’s his own stupid hairs’ fault… remember?

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