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.