The issue of judging reared its ugly head again after former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz via split-decision at UFC 106 this past weekend. UFC President Dana White agrees that Forrest may have been the rightful winner, but thinks the judges scoring of the fight was “crazy” as one judge scored the fight 30-27 for Griffin.
“The fight could have gone either way,” White said. “(But) 30-27? I mean that’s crazy.”
Judge Lester Griffin scored all three rounds for Griffin, but White disagrees with the judge’s assessment.
“The 30-27 score is outrageous,” White stated. “It’s insane.”
The first two rounds were close, and FightLine.com scored both rounds for Ortiz. However, Griffin completely dominated the third round as Ortiz appeared completely gassed and was unable to mount any offense.
“It was a close first round,” said White. “The first round was tough to score. As soon as that fight was over, all of us that were sitting down were like, ‘That was a tough round to score.
“Tito clearly won the second round,” White said.
White went on to say that the third round clearly went in Griffin’s favor, but the overall scoring of the round was incorrect.
“For anybody to call that fight 30-27, you’re out of your mind.”
This comes on the heels of another controversial judges decision in favor of Lyoto Machida at UFC 104, where many, including White, felt opponent Mauricio “Shogun” Rua should have won.
“I don’t know what to say,” White admitted. “If everyone wants to call the (Nevada State) Athletic Commission and talk to (executive director) Keith Kizer – he’s the guy you have to ask questions to, not me. … The reality is you guys have to call Keith Kizer. Call Keith Kizer and asked him what we can to do to fix this judging and scoring.
“These athletic commissions need to start looking at this and figuring out what they’re going to do. It’s wrong.”
White insists that the UFC itself is not involved in the scoring of the fights.
“You should see the emails I get,” White said. “‘You scumbag. You’re just like Don King.’ I get literally hundreds of them.
“It’s crazy, but that’s what people think. People think we pick (fighters) to win or lose and tell the commissions to do it. It couldn’t be further from the truth.”