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MMAWeekly’s Ivan Trembow is the shit. Even his comments on other people’s blogs are better than half the crap being spewed on the front pages of MMA sites across the net. Here’s what he has to say about the bullshit judging for Bisping/Hamill, and it perfectly explains the anatomy of a bad decision:

The UFC, specifically Marc Ratner, is responsible for bringing in the judges, officials, inspectors, etc. and essentially acting as the athletic commission when they run shows in unregulated places like the United Kingdom.

Two people that watched the event with me are now pretty sour on the whole sport in general, saying that it’s corrupt and full of crap. I had to try to convince them that it was just incompetence and gutlessness on the part of the judges, and not corruption.

Again, when making the argument to my pissed off friends that the judges were simply incompetent and gutless as opposed to corrupt, I basically had to say never mind the fact that the judges on these unregulated UFC shows are hired by the UFC, paid for by the UFC, chosen by the UFC, flown in by the UFC, etc. In the case of that particular fight, I think it was just a case of the judges being gutless in not wanting to have the fight scored 2 rounds to 0 headed into the final round, which is unfortunately not that uncommon to see, and then giving the final round to Bisping, which at that point would give him 2 rounds to 1.

  • Houston Alexander is officially the hottest shit in the UFC right now. If you thought he was overhyped before, prepare yourselves: internet forums around the world will be heralding him like the second coming of Jesus Christ. Of course, logic states you can’t take two wins over tepid opponents to mean all that much. It’s time to put this guy in the ring with some real competition. It’s too bad they fired Babalu because he would have been the perfect litmus test.
  • Jess Liaudin displayed some pretty awesome striking for the second fight in a row. Him and Marcus Davis should be on a collision course to determine who deserves a shot to crack into the crowded welterweight contender picture. And as much as I respect Davis after he managed to come back in his fight against Paul Taylor, I think Liaudin will wreck him.
  • Quinton Jackson really impressed me with his careful and methodical win over Dan Henderson. I remember all the questions people were asking about Jackson last year … right after he found God he lost a lot of fights. Fortunately God doesn’t like being repped by a loser, so he sent Juanito Ibarra to sort his soldier out. Now Jackson is a new man, and you could see it in this fight. While Rampage could have let his hands go a bit more, I can’t criticize him because his gameplan worked and he clearly beat Henderson from start to finish.

No one cares if you punch a guy to the back of the head. It’s a fight, it’s gonna happen. Especially when guys are tangled up in the ground with their faces buried in each other’s chests. Pretty much the only exposed bit is the back of the head! While warnings for punches to the back of the head make perfect fodder for UFC drinking games, I think it’s a damn stupid rule that needs to be tossed out or at least modified.

I can’t say for sure why strikes to the back of the head are illegal. Last I checked, you got a whole bunch of skull back there which generally protects you from things. The neck I can understand. But back of the head? On the other hand, while I’ve done some gynological work, I’m not really a doctor. So I’ll just play along and say the ‘back of the head rule’ makes sense. But wouldn’t it make *more* sense to have it implemented in the same way elbows are? Elbows are allowed but not downward elbows. So why not allow those sideways punches to the back of the head, but not downward punches from the mount – the kind most likely to really fuck a dude up?

Anyways, my opinion on this comes solely from being sick of hearing ‘Watch the back of the head’ repeated over and over like a Hari Krishna chanting his prayers. If someone has to get brain damage so I don’t have to put up with that, I’ll consider it a fair trade.

(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!

What the fuck is wrong with some people? First off you boo the hell out of fighters for being tentative or careful, but if they lose once or twice you dismiss them as done and over. Did you ever take a few damn seconds to think that maybe if a loss wasn’t considered such a cataclysmic event then maybe fighters would be more inclined to take risks and push the pace?

In my opinion this is the main difference between PRIDE and the UFC … in PRIDE, they don’t give a damn if you win or lose, it’s how entertaining the fight was. If you go down swinging, then you’ve got a lot of respect. But in the UFC, one or two wrong moves and you’re done. It’s not all that surprising to me that Crocop cracked under the pressure. That’s pretty much the story of his career … he just can’t seem to win the big ones. And considering all the pressure he was under to perform, this was definitely a ‘big one’.

In the past few hours I’ve read some pretty dumb shit from some pretty dumb people. And while I’m not going to defend Crocop’s performance tonight, I am going to defend his standing as one of the world’s top fighters. Talking about a top guy’s career being over after two losses is simply retarded. I wonder if they’ll do the same to Chuck Liddell if he loses to Keith Jardine. They certainly did it to Randy Couture over and over, and half the internet still brings up Couture’s slumps when trying to justify their position on ‘why Randy will lose this time’.

No one – especially not a hack like Kevin Iole – has the right to call Mirko Crocop washed up. No one has the right to say his career may be over. Those words are simply factually incorrect. Maybe three years down the road after a loss to Frank Mir pushes him out of the UFC and he’s fighting Tank Abbott on an Indian reservation. But now? Get a fucking grip, people.

Just like with Georges St Pierre, this will be the one time I’m going to bring this up. People on the internet talk and talk like what they’re saying actually matters … I may be a dick and I may talk shit but at least I don’t pretend like my blog channels through into reality. So I’ll sit back and watch more fights … and in 9 months we’ll see how Crocop is doing. I’ll make sure to remind everyone what they were saying after this fight just to show them how dumb they were.

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