Elias Cepeda agrees with me that Clay Guida got fucked. He takes it further and says Rich Franklin vs Yushin Okami also showed how MMA judging needs to be evaluated:

Fights are difficult and sometimes it takes a long time to wear down an opponent or to finally catch them by surprise. If one fighter is finally able to exert control and threaten to finish the other at the end of a fight after what was essentially an even one prior, he should be rewarded with the acknowledgement that by the fight’s close he was the one to most effectively subdue the other, even if the fight did not finish by submission or KO.

Fights should not be judged by adding up rounds, especially in MMA where the fights last only 3-5 rounds as opposed to a maximum of 12 in boxing. Instead judges should be mandated to take into account the fight as a whole. I’ve heard the argument that it would be hard for judges to pay attention to a fight for that long in the five minute increments that many MMA fights use.

Sure. We have people sending rockets into space and performing surgery, not to mention everyone else who works 8-10 hour days, every day. Maybe we could at least get some of their slower cousins that can focus on tasks a half hour at a time with one minute breaks every five minutes in case their brains start to hurt to judge these fights.

While I’m not too happy with how things turn out sometimes, I’m much more afraid that any change to the judging process would lead to something much worse than we currently have. If you want reform, you should start by forcing the commissions to get qualified MMA judges. That’s the first big step towards fixing the problem. The fact is we live in a shitty world where kittens and puppies die and morons are in charge of athletic commissions. Until we deal with that, we ain’t getting nowhere.

With Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua off and Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett apparently in jail on probation violations, the Strikeforce undercard was starting to look pretty stale. Fortunately it looks like our second favorite Bennett in MMA (R.I.P. Ryan Bennett) may not be off the card after all. Luke from BloodyElbow found the Circuit Court website documenting the case and on top of this learned that Krazy Horse has apparently already been released from jail. There’s some nice investigative reporting for you. Luke, your fedora and flashbulb camera are in the mail!

UPDATE: Word now is that the earliest Krazy Horse will be out of jail is July 16nd. And my interest in the Strikeforce card goes down and down. Le sigh.

I don’t know why I am surprised that Tim Sylvia has a hot girlfriend. I suppose I was hoping karma or the fight gods (Thor, Odin, and Jeff Blatnick) would curse him to eternal loneliness broken up by hideous outbursts of sores and boils. Anyways, if you want to see the goods on Tim’s hottie, continue on…

Sam Caplan says that Frank Trigg says that Hayato Sakurai’s management says that Hayato Sakurai said he doesn’t know why people are saying he’s going to fight Diego Sanchez. I dunno though … Frank Trigg was like the last person in the world to realize Pride was being sold to the UFC, so I don’t trust his judgment very much.

On the other hand, I’ve thought for a while that Sanchez vs Sakurai didn’t make much sense. So it wouldn’t surprise me much if Trigg actually did turn out to be right this time.

Pay figures are out for UFC Fight Night:

Spencer Fisher- $26,000
Sam Stout – $6,000
Fisher defeated Stout via unanimous decision

Jon Fitch – $36,000
Roan Carneiro – $5000
Fitch defeated Carneiro via RNC in round two

Drew McFedries – $14,000
Jordan Radev – $5,000
McFedries defeated Radev via KO in round one

Thiago Tavares – $10,000
Jason Black – $6,000
Tavares defeated Black via TC in round two

Forrest Petz – $8,000
Luigi Fioravanti – $8,000
Petz defeated Fioravanti via unanimous decision

Tamdan McCrory – $8,000
Pete Spratt – $12,000
McCrory defeated Spratt via TC in round two

Gleison Tibau – $10,000
Jeff Cox – $3,500
Tibau defeated Cox via ATC choke in round one

Anthony Johnson – $6,000
Chad Reiner – $3,000
Johnson defeated Reiner via KO in round one

Nate Mohr – $6,000
Luke Caudillo – $3,000
Mohr defeated Caudillo via unanimous decision

With the money that Sam Stout made fighting for 15 minutes during the show, he wouldn’t be able to afford a 30 second advertisement during the commercials. This is a nice juxtaposition between how much the UFC is making off these shows and how little some guys are getting. There better be some sweet ass bonuses hidden behind these figures, because this kind of pay for the guy headlining a nationally broadcast sporting event makes me sick. I think pole vaulters and skeet shooters make more money.PS: Does anyone know for sure who won Fight of the Night, Sub of the Night, etc?

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