Controversial decisions have become too common within the octagon –that’s why UFC President Dana White always tells his fighters to go in and finish their opponents. But what is the reason for it happening? Yes, there is the issue with non-educated MMA judges, but could it also be that some judges are biased towards certain fighters? Well, according to Caesar Gracie and Nate Diaz, who fights for the lightweight title on Dec. 8 in Seattle, this is a big problem which they may have to face very soon.
Current lightweight champion Benson Henderson, arguably, received two very controversial decision wins when he fought then champ Frankie Edgar for the title. Though both were very close bouts, many viewers, including the organization’s president, believed Edgar should have gotten the judges’ nod. And because of the lack of reasoning as to why Henderson won, Diaz, who spoke to Inside MMA on Monday, is concerned he will be pointed unfairly if the fight goes all five rounds.
“I don’t think I’ve got a chance of winning any type of decision, so…I gotta go out there and do what I can do to try and finish my opponent; try to be the better fighter and try to win the fight. But, umm, either way – If it goes to decision, I’m gonna to be the one out-scoring, out-pointing. I’m gonna do what I can.”
Gracie also has concerns about this exact issue, as he told Inside MMA that he feels the Diaz brothers have not, and will not, be able to get the judges on their side because of their aggressive attitude.
“Unfortunately, pretty much it is. You know, it’s almost like in Nick’s case, he figures he’s fighting his opponent and he’s fighting the judges. So he’s gotta finish people. These guys fight like that anyways. They’re gonna fight their hearts out for the team, for themselves, and for the fans. So that’s not gonna change. And, end of the day, I think that’s what we all respect so much about these guys. So yeah, unfortunately, you know, you gotta get those finishes. Or maybe win something so lopsided we get the decision. We saw that with B.J. Penn. I’ve never seen a close decision where the nod was given to the Diaz’s. If it’s close they’re gonna lose. I don’t know why. I think maybe the judges really don’t care for them that much.”
The two make good points, and it could absolutely be true that certain judges will look for ways to hand a fighter they like more points, especially since so many officials do not know what technique is more dominant or what does more damage, and this is the consequences of having judges who lack mixed martial arts knowledge. How we fix it is up to the athletic commissions, but it seems improbable that many will enforce changes any time soon.
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