Draws used to be pretty rare, at least in the major leagues of MMA. But starting literally on January 1st 2011, we began to see a lot more. Some were the textbook definition of what a draw should be: Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch were two fights where any result other than a tie would have been wrong. But last night’s draw between Gegard Mousasi and Keith Jardine was straight up bullshit, yo.
That fight was three rounds of Gegard Mousasi chasing Keith Jardine around the cage mulching his face into hamburger meat. But a questionable point deduction on an upkick plus some textbook chickenshit judging took what should have been a 29-27 win for Mousasi and turned it into a majority draw with two judges seeing it 28-28.
I’m not going to harp on the upkick situation too much – yes, MMA is like high school where what one teacher allows will result in another teacher sending you to the principal’s office. It sucks that there’s no consistency in point deduction and many other refs may not have taken a point. But Mousasi still threw the upkick (unsubstantial as it was) and this ref decided to take the point, so we’ll have to deal with it.
What really gets my goat is the judging that once again that takedowns tend to trump all when you’ve got morons scoring fights. How else can you explain how Judge Lester Griffin gave Jardine round 1 when Mousasi outstruck him 48-10? Or how Abe Belardo gave Jardine round 2, a similar striking blowout that went Mousasi’s way by a count of 40 strikes to Jardine’s 8. Other than two takedowns that led to nothing, the only substantial thing Jardine did in that round was bleed profusely.
I gotta give Keith some props though. Considering he came in on 9 days notice I was impressed with his cardio – he managed to run circles around the cage for three full rounds. Plus he took all Mousasi gave him and never said die, a task on par with a 100 pound pornstar taking on several gangbangs worth of giant cock at once. But did he do anything to deserve a draw? Hells no.
The worst part about all this is it’s led to talk of a rematch – a rematch! Even factoring in cardio issues, it seems morally irresponsible to make Keith Jardine fight Gegard Mousasi again. We all saw what really happened. Do we really have to redo every fight the judges get wrong? Can we not just move forward with the knowledge in our heart that draw was bullshit? I certainly hope we can. Just let Keith move down to 185 already and let us never speak of this again.
This also sucks pretty hard for Mousasi, who not only should have won that fight but should have moved into position to challenge for the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt. That kinda works out, though. We all wanted Dan Henderson vs Fedor more anyways, and this just steers reality in that direction. Plus it gives Gegard some more time to dust up on his wrestling. Considering all it takes is a takedown to make a judge forget about several asses worth of whupping, he’ll have to get better to the point where he doesn’t spend any time at all off his back.
But damn. Now he’s going to have to live the rest of his life with a dumb draw to Keith Jardine on his record. What garbage.