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Nelson “Doc” Hamilton: Oops, Can I Change my UFC 104 Scorecard for Machida/Shogun

Written by Tom Ngo
December 28th, 2009
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In perhaps the biggest blunder since submitting his scorecard for the light heavyweight matchup between champion Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104, MMA judge Nelson “Doc” Hamilton is now changing his tune after watching the fight on replay. Sorry Shogun, looks like you should be donning UFC gold around your waist … MY BAD.

“There was a round in that fight [4thRound] where my line of sight while they were standing was blocked,” Hamilton told Yahoo!Sports. “Because of the angle where most of the round was fought, I couldn’t see the punches and whether they were landing. If the fight had been on the ground, I could look at the big screens, but this was a fight where the blows were coming one at a time and you don’t want to look away and miss an important blow.”

Hamilton, along with fellow judges Marcos Rosales and Cecil Peoples, handed Machida a controversial 48-47 victory. The 1stRound, and now the 4thRound, are the only two stanzas that Hamilton saw the fight playing out differently than his judging counterparts.

Here’s how the three judges scored the 5Round war:

Marcos Rosales (Machida 48-47):

1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Cecil Peoples (Machida 48-47):

1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Nelson Hamilton (Machida 48-47):

1stRound: Rua 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Machida 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

The Doc’s solution to making sure the judges always have the best seat in the house? Put TV monitors directly in front of the judges tables so they can see everything clearly.

And make sure they are broadcast in HD while you’re at it!

Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said the use of monitors at the judging stations is worth a discussion, but that won’t be the end-all of judging mishaps.

“The reason we have judges in three different positions is to get three different vantage points,” Kizer told the site. “If all three judges are watching a monitor, they are all getting the same vantage point – the television camera angle.”

Another solution in scoring a hotly-contested round would be to hand out a 10-10 draw. That seems fine and dandy, but imagine if you’re a judge and you constantly award draws. It’s likely you won’t be asked to ever work another major show based on your inability to make a decision.

“I’m not going to die on that sword,” Hamilton said of scoring too many draws.

Ironically, Hamilton may have already fallen on his own sword. Openly admitting the fact that you mis-judged one of the most controversial fights in MMA history will do nothing for your resume. Oh yeah, did we also mention that it was a title fight in the UFC’s sexiest division.

Even if he believes that he messed-up, he shouldn’t have said anything. In fact, he should have just pulled the Cecil Peoples card, “If you don’t like it, you can go to hell!

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