If you already felt bad for Andrei Arlovski and his career prospects after getting beaten by a puffed up middleweight, wait til you hear this: the first round of his fight with Anthony Johnson went 10 seconds longer than it should have. And during those 10 seconds, Rumble dropped Andrei twice and almost put him away. From the Greg Jackson Camp’s facebook page:
The NJ athletic commission was worried about the World Series of Fighting getting a new canvas and new corner pads for the cage they almost canceled the fight Saturday night. Unfortunately they forgot to get a time keeper that was trained properly. 1st round 5min 8 sec in the Andrei fight. A devastating blow was landed after the 5min mark. It’s amazing how so much time is spent with over regulating but the simple things can cost dearly.
Nothing wrong with the NJAC making sure the canvas fits and the cage padding was thick enough – remember, insufficient cage padding played a role in one of MMA’s few regulated deaths. But then there was bullshit like this:
The other problem was WSOF’s attempted use of an improper scale. “The scale has to be certified in New Jersey,” he said. “They had a scale that was certified from their last show [in Nevada], but the scale has to be certified by the Office of Weights and Measures in the county that you’re having the show in.”
WSOF again leaned on the promotional infrastructure of the CFFC to resolve the issue. “[WSOF] used Cage Fury’s [scale],” said Lembo. “[CFFC] had their scale there because they do shows at the Borgota and they keep their scale there, which is just another casino not too far away.”
Way to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, New Jersey. Now how about firing that timekeeper? Or at least have him certified by your Office of Timing Instruments and Round Ending.