Cecil Peoples is a terrible judge (and that’s okay by me)


(above: Cecil Peoples performing his infamous karate-chop chicken dance)

Let’s get one thing straight: Matt Hamill won that fight. Michael Bisping knew it. The crowd knew it. Everyone watching knew it. Hamill spent the first two rounds pushing Bisping around the octagon and bouncing him off the cage. Bisping couldn’t seem to get his head around the way Matt was pushing forward, and looked generally flustered the whole time. After the second round the Count was literally freaking out in his corner, refusing to sit down and yelling at his corner. He managed to get his shit together and make a case for winning the third round, but there’s no way he won the first two.

And then the judge’s decision. I have to admit this was a guilty pleasure for me … I’ve never had a screwjob benefit the fighter I wanted to win! Jeff Mullen had it 29-28 for Bisping … Doug Crosby had it 30-27 Hamill. At this point I thought to myself “Oh boy … Bisping really needs a dumb judge like Cecil Peoples to pull this out of the fire!” And lo and behold, as if summoned by my thoughts, Cecil Peoples rode in and saved the day: 29-28 Bisping!

To tell you the truth, I’m kind of shocked. You’d think Peoples would have been sympathetic to Hamill because they both have disabilities. Hamill of course is deaf, but not many seem to know that Peoples is blind. Ba-Dum-Tss! Actually, when I was looking for a pic of Cecil Peoples for this post I found an article that said he had a brain tumor. Which certainly explains a lot, but isn’t quite as funny as the ‘blind’ thing.

UPDATE: The official UFC article on the event has a different take on the scoring:

All three judges gave the first round to Hamill, with Bisping rebounding to win the next two on the cards of Jeff Mullen and Chris Watts. Judge Cecil Peoples was the lone dissenter, awarding all three rounds to Hamill.

Of course, I was basing my article off of what Bruce Buffer clearly said at the end of the fight. So now we’ve got Gerbasi vs Buffer as to who was right. I guess we’ll wait and see but i’ll trust the announcer reading the official decision over the guy who was probably playing adlibs on meth to have his articles ready by 11pm. Thanks for the heads up Euthyphro!

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    Decision Bitch has a disability too…Unearned Fight Syndrome. UFS strikes fighters who might be valuable to the UFC in trying to expand markets in England or other places full of bullshit, whiny, booing drunk boiled-potato gnawing toothless prick fans.

    This has been a public service announcement from the UFS Insanely Angry Committee to Have Cecil Peoples Thrown In A River Tied To A Sack Full of Rocks. UFSIACTHCPTIARTTASFOR.

  • http://www.freeones.com Lampley beats his wife

    Damn, that was a funny read.

  • kentyman

    I was so mad about this fight I couldn’t speak. I’m actually a big Bisping fan, and happen to dislike Hamill. But I was pissed at Bisping for acting like he actually won, and pleasantly surprised that Hamill was so gracious in rigged-defeat. He actually said Bisping “beat [him] fair and square”.

    So what’s Jeff Mullen’s disability?

  • http://www.sprawl-n-brawl.com Euthyphro

    Sorry Fightlinker, you’ve got it all wrong. Peoples scored it 30-27 Hamill.

    http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=7713

    All three judges gave the first round to Hamill, with Bisping rebounding to win the next two on the cards of Jeff Mullen and Chris Watts. Judge Cecil Peoples was the lone dissenter, awarding all three rounds to Hamill.

  • cyphron

    Regardless of who awarded what to whom…
    Dana White can no longer go in front of the mike and continue to say that “boxing is corrupt.” He needs to fix this shit and he needs to fix it now.

  • intenso

    hoooooooooooooooooome cooking.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    Euthyphro: So now we’ve got Gerbasi vs Buffer as to who was right. I guess we’ll wait and see but i’ll trust the announcer reading the official decision over the guy who probably was playing adlibs on meth to have his articles ready by 11pm

  • http://www.ufcdaily.com UFCDaily.com

    It’s interesting that the accounts are different, I just hope the scores didn’t get screwed up between the scorers table and Buffer. Crazier things have happened.

  • http://www.mmaspectator.com Euthyphro

    I disagree. Buffer’s been wrong many, many times in the ring. Gerbasi has the actual cards to go off of, since he’s there at the judges table during the fights most of the time.

  • http://fightersonlymag.com Hywel Teague

    Euthyphro, you are wrong wrong wrong

    Judge Chris Watts scored it 30-27.

    FACT.

    I have the score sheets to prove it, and I spoke with Chris directly after the fight right at the judges table.

  • http://fightersonlymag.com Hywel Teague

    oh and Gerbasi was one row in front and three seats to the right from me, he was front and centre next to Kevin Iole.

  • http://www.ufc.com Thomas Gerbasi

    “So now we’ve got Gerbasi vs Buffer as to who was right. I guess we’ll wait and see but i’ll trust the announcer reading the official decision over the guy who probably was playing adlibs on meth to have his articles ready by 11pm”

    I love it…great site Fightlinker…

    TG

  • maafaka

    now Gerbasi is posting inhere…you’ve grabbed some attention, linker.
    its about time they catch the people’s voice.

  • Hector

    That mother-fucker got paid-off for sure. Either that or he doesn’t know shit about MMA…

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