Written by ‘Steven Johns’ *
I’m going to keep this short because it is clear that in this beautiful, surprising, wondrous world we live in that there are far more important things to be upset about; but what the f*ck is wrong with MMA judges?
How do we continually see, at every level of MMA, disgustingly poor decisions that without question affect fighters and fans in a negative way? I refuse to believe it is solely ‘home town’, judges but unfortunately this does seem to play a massive part in the continuing almost unbelievable trend of bad decisions.
Are MMA judges poorly educated in the sport they’re supposed to be scoring? If so, why do promotions pick such unqualified people to hold such an important role?
Is it sly promotions picking people they know will favour the ‘home fighter’? If so, do the promotions believe it will truly benefit their fighter by giving them a false idea of what level they are at?Or is it simply people’s perspective of what wins a fight differs that greatly, that you can never tell what a judge saw during a fight?
We might never know but one thing is for sure, FINISH THE FIGHT and no one can question your performance. If you are unable to finish the fight, then who cares what the judges think. “Ten more seconds and he would have tapped”, “one more round I would have finished him”…blah blah blah.
Wins and losses matter not to a true fight fan, only the effort put forth and the resulting performance counts. If it goes to a decision, then in my humble opinion it’s a draw. We have all seen at least one fight where someone has been beaten within an inch of intelligence only to land that one punch, kick or sub that turns it all around.
No rounds, no judges. Let’s see who’s still game.
* = Steven Johns is the pen name for our guest blogger. He is a former professional fighter who is still involved in the industry.