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So long as we have shitty judges, we’ll have shitty judging


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.

  • Trol

    No one should be judging a MMA Fight without having been Certified by something like Big John’s school.

  • Jim

    They need to give judges access to monitors too.
    It’s almost impossible to see whats going on by just looking through the cage, especially when it hits the ground. I had a front row tickets just behind the media for UFC 72 & I still spent 90% of the time looking up at the big screen.
    It’s no coincidence that Garcia’s getting gifted all these decisions. He’s throwing twice the volume & without looking at the big screen it’s impossible to gauge whats landing.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    @Trol – Did you hear what Kizer said aboot that? They don’t need training, they just have to “Prove” they’re capable. But gives no criteria for said proving.

    Fucking waste of Nevada’s tax money.

  • malonth

    I’m guessing that this aberration must have something to do with the Judges not having tv screens. No sane person who saw that fight on tv could think that Garcia won.

  • Reverend Clint

    id say make all the judges actually have some training. Im not gonna get a job with out knowing shit about what im looking at. most of the old fucks probably think its still 1959. scrap the old and let fighters/coaches judge it like matt hume with Pride.

  • Symbul

    I’m pretty sure, but could be wrong, that the ACs are paid for mainly if not entirely with fees from the promotions.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    @Symbul – yeah, part of the gate and possibly tiny PPV percentages, plus administration fees, most likely.

  • Marley Marl

    Well we’ve all seen the judges on TUS up close and personal when the cameras go on them. Most of the time they’re old and fat, also sometimes see an old fat women – when have you ever met an old fat women that knows anything about mma….

  • agentsmith

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s no requirement for having any background in sports whatsoever, let alone combat sports. This is a government agency we’re talking about, it’s just a typical bunch of civil servants… lazy fucks who don’t give a shit.