Another big UFC card has gone by, and once again the question of judging in MMA has been brought to the forefront.
Leonard Garcia earned a stunning and controversial split-decision victory over Nam Phan at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale last night, in a bout that most believe should have clearly went to Phan. UFC announcer Joe Rogan noted that he felt Phan clearly won the bout during the post-fight interviews, and Garcia was put in the awkward decision of apologizing for the judges decision.
Rogan continued to voice his frustration with judging in MMA during the Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks bout later that night, and stated that fighters deserve better judging (props to MMA Mania for the transcription).
“I don’t think the last fight was close and the decision went the wrong way,” Rogan said of the Phan – Garcia bout. “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,” he continued. “You should be able to just fight.”
Rogan went on to point out that the judging is out of the hands of the UFC, and that the Nevada State Athletic Commission needs to take action.
“We should point out, that is the situation because of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” said Rogan. “It has nothing to do with the UFC. People keep saying ‘oh the UFC!’ We have no say whatsoever. And (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer has denied that there’s an issue. I think (Kizer) needs to clean house. There’s a few very good judges surrounded by a bunch of incompetent morons, who know nothing about the sport. They need 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 and total incompetence.”
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