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This press release / article / biased hate letter by Fiona Manning is a huge poorly written laundry list of complaints about our favorite guy in the world, CSAC head Armando Garcia. It’s full of fun stuff like this:

Garcia demoted Dean Lohuis, the Los Angeles man who WAS the Chief Official most boxing insiders always assumed was the head of the Commission since he is the only official ever seen at fights. Lohuis was stripped of all his duties in what most boxing insiders see as an obvious attempt to get him to resign. Left out of the loop, Dean was no longer permitted to assign fights, approve boxers or make decisions beyond hamburger or salad for lunch.

Under Garcia’s new rules, blood work bypasses Dean and this led to last year’s June 3 fiasco at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on a Thompson boxing promotion. Matchmaker Alex Campanovo received the blood work for super featherweight Tommy Perez, which he then sent to CSAC inspector Joe Borrielli. Neither man noticed that the blood work showed that Perez was HIV positive.

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.

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