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Worst. Draw. Ever.

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.

  • UberShmact

    Of all time.

  • P W

    Forget about the fight, that ref had the most awesome beard ever!

    1. Competent judges.

    2. Ref with wicked beard.

    Pick one.

  • subo

    That ref did a great job, both in life and during the fight.  That point deduction was spot on.


    I learned last night that Ryan Bader hits harder with his left hook than Gegard Mousasi does with his.  That’s valuable information.

  • Reverend Clint

    gegard is another over hyped jap product who runs into a brick wall called America

  • agentsmith

    The only round you could reasonably give to Jarine was the 1st, based on getting 4 takedowns… though he did literally nothing with them.  One of the judges did so, but another gave him the 2nd which is fucking mind boggling.  So those two came out as a draw due to the point deduction.

    The last judge gave Sassy all 3 rounds, including a 10-8 in the 3rd.  That’s pushing it, but still a fuckuva lot more defensible than giving Jardine the 2nd round for fuck sakes.

  • Reverend Clint

    i can see and 10-8 in the 3rd since gaygard did get a couple takedowns and lit keith up

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    Edgar/Maynard was a draw. Fitch/Penn shouldn’t have been. that was not a 10-8 RD 3.

    As for this fight, I had jardine winning the first round 10-8 with the point deduction and Moo-sassy taking Rd 2 and three. So I’m fine with the draw.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Other than two takedowns that led to nothing, the only substantial thing Jardine did in that round was bleed profusely.

    Hey now, they led to elbows and punches by Moosaucy.

    I learned last night that Ryan Bader hits harder with his left hook than Gegard Mousasi does with his.

    Too bad he can’t box as well. It’ll be a good fight if it happens tho.

  • GoldenArms

    that ref’s mustache was so awesome some ppl think it’s a beard. are we sure Keith can get down to 185? he’s pretty big

  • fishead

    I’m a massive mark for Penn, but he got destroyed in the third round of that fight… he had absolutely no answer for Fitch’s attacks and, aside from holding dominant positions in the earlier rounds, Penn really didn’t beat up Fitch…

    It hurts inside to say all this… because I really hate that ‘top control – point accumulation’ style of fighting… but Penn might have won two close rounds, but Fitch clearly dominated him in the third… and if the UFC had something like the old Pride rules stipulating that the fight was to be judged as a whole – then Penn likely doesn’t even get a draw out of the deal.

  • P W

    “that ref’s mustache was so awesome some ppl think it’s a beard.”

    Simply calling it a mustache wouldn’t give justice to the awesomeness of that mans facial hair. That wasn’ just some hair growing under his nose. I got the impression that most of the volume actually came from his jawline and lower cheeks, and that the term beard is therefore a more accurate description, but I could be mistaking, the camera crew annoyingly kept focusing on some MMA fight that sadly was taking place at the same time.

    You’ve all seen this masterpiece:

  • Letibleu

    P W, the way you seem to get excited around beards reminds me the way volds gets excited around big dicks :p

  • Grappo

    ref looks like the Kajukenbo instructor from Fight Quest

  • frickshun

    29-27 Moustashy. That’s the real score.

  • Take It Easy

    if you use fightmetric in a argument, you lose

    jardine won the first round because mousasi didnt do shit and the point deduction was completely valid, so its a draw

    cry moar that your shitty euro fighter cant wrestle (what a surprise)

  • Take It Easy

    repeatedly taken down by a gassed Keith Jardine
    unable to finish an opponent that offered little resistance for ten minutes

    and this faggot was taking about how he was going to retire in a few years?

  • glassjawsh

    ^ so basically you are saying that statistical data is bullshit because you know better?

    if fighter A takes down fighter B 4 times (and doesnt do shit but breathe heavily and let fighter B back up) but fighter B punches fighter A 5 times as much, that kinda seems like a wash to me.

  • Take It Easy

    faggot punches from the bottom lol


    Subo-Shut up. Do you really know nothing about the mechanics of punching? That’s like saying Mike Russow punches harder than Alistair Overeem because it only took Russow one punch to knock out Duffee cleann where it took Alistair a series of combinations.

    Depending on the position of your opponents chin, his head movement (if it’s coming towards you), wether or not he sees the punch coming, if his mouth is open, etc all affect the effectiveness of your punch.

    Will you pleasee stop comparing Strikeforce to UFC now. They are both owned by Zuffa now. Give it the fuck up.

  • Take It Easy

    euros learn to wrestle

  • Blackula Jonez

    Gegard is the guy who needs to move down to 185, he was taken down repeatedly by a gassed keith jardine who took the fight on 9 days notice.


    I repeat, Gegard Mousasi fought life and death with Keith Jardine, no matter how you cut it Gegards stock has dropped considerably.  Mousasi couldn’t hang with a dude who couldn’t cut it with the top and mid teir guys in the ufc…and trevor prangley.


    This kid is 25 and already talking about retirement, has no problem throwing illegal shots (upkicks, eye gouge, nut shots) when he faces opponents who happen to fight back from adversity, won’t come to the states to work on his wrestling, wants to fight at 205 because the 185 weight cut is too hard and did not have the power to KO Keith “Glass Joe” Jardine.

    This kid has talent but really needs to reevaluate his approach to mma. I shudder to think what Mike Kyle would have done to him.

  • Joon4s

    Serves Moose-aussie right, he couldn’t finish a b-level fighter who took the fight on 9 day notice.

  • G Funk

    The anime fag has returned. Go spank it to your incredibly emotionally fulfilling relationship with a cartoon you pathetic loser.

  • frickshun

    Chill out faggots.

    Take It Easy–>although you’re a rabblerouser, I generally agree w/your micropenis opinions.

    Moustashy has zero rasslin & that just doesn’t cut it @ the highest levels (or middle levels of Strikefartz).

    Jardine did hit the takedowns although he burned himself out trying & didn’t do any damage w/them.

    1st rd was close but I gotta give more credit to the strikes landed than the weak takedowns that resulted in no offense.


    Black-While i agree with you i don’t think mike kyle would have beat him. Mike kyle isn’t really a wrestler, or doesn’t like to use the wrestling skills he has. I think he would have tried to stand with him and got murfed.

  • subo

    have you masturbated to PRIDE today – It took Russow like 13 minutes vs like 20 seconds for Uber.  Bad comparison.  I was told that Jardine’s chin was made of porcelain, and Mousasi couldn’t put a crack in the motherfucker.  Mousasi couldn’t finish Jardine, even though he landed lots of clean left hooks and other power shots.

    Oh, and he got outwrestled.  Again.


    Sure. I’ll take that. What about Chick Liddell? It took Chick 3 rounds and he lost. And that was right after he lost the belt. I guess Chick has no power in his hands either. And your right, I bet he never even hurt Jardine. He hardly had a scratch on him. I bet Jardine would rather fight mousasi fifty times than have to fight ryan bader one more times.

    And no one said Mousasi’s wrestling was any good.

  • unclefesterdanawhite

    Mousasi’s wrestling is garbage. But Jardine couldn’t do dick with the takedowns. That fight was easily 29-27 Moosaucy.

    Also it’s not necessarily that Keith Jardine has a glass jaw. He just has piss poor striking defense and that leads him to scenarios where he gets KO’d. Unfortunately Mousasi’s power isn’t quite there at 205 to take full advantage of Jardine’s horrid striking defense. Dude needs to drop back down to 185.

    As for Chuck’s poor performance versus Jardine, from what I recall Chuck was barely able to touch Jardine while Mousasi used Jardine’s face as a punching bag for 3 rounds. Can’t discount Chuck’s KO power on that. He wasn’t able to use it much. If anything this fight shows that Moosaucy is a fucking pro when it comes to technical striking. Guy just needs to learn how to wrestle defensively because these stupid fucking judges give you points or ineffectual takedowns and drop down to 185 so that his shots have more power behind them.