As Subo pointed out, there’s something magical and hypnotizing about how Leonard Garcia fights. He should have been 0-4 over his past four fights but instead he’s 2-1-1 with bogus decisions over the Korean Zombie and now Nam Phan. Even in his loss to Mark Hominick he almost won – despite the fact that Mark looked like Neo from the Matrix and schooled Garcia harder on the feet than I’d ever seen anyone schooled before.
We all know there’s major problems with MMA judging. Joe Rogan said it perfectly on the TUF broadcast so how about we just relive that therapeutic rant in text form:
“I don’t think the last fight was close and the decision went the wrong way. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on fighters not knowing what kind of officiating you’re getting. It’s gross. You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges. You should be able to just fight. And we should point out, that is the situation because of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That’s what it is. It has nothing to do with the UFC. And people keep saying ‘oh the UFC is corrupt!’ We have no say whatsoever on who judges these fights. And (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer has denied that there’s an issue. I think there’s a huge huge issue and he (Kizer) needs to clean house. There’s a few very good judges surrounded by a bunch of incompetent morons that know nothing about the sport. And they got to do something about that, because it’s ruining MMA. It’s making people think that this sport is corrupt. It has nothing to do with corruption. It’s sheer, complete total incompetence.”
A lot of people are talking like this is a problem with the 10-point must scoring system or the Unified rules judging criteria. But that’s bullshit. Here’s the problem: fuckups aren’t getting fired. Each commission has it’s own gang of cronies judging fights and while commissioners pay lip service to accountability, can you remember the last time a commission has admitted their infallible judges made a mistake and something – ANYTHING – was done about it?
You can do whatever you want to the system. Clarify what judges should look for. Add half points. But so long as dumbasses who can’t tell the winner between Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia are allowed to keep their jobs without even so much as a peep from their bosses at the NSAC, we’ll be stuck suffering through the same level of incompetent judging that has haunted boxing for over a century.