After witnessing another dubious decision go down at “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale,” UFC color commentator Joe Rogan had seen enough after watching Nam Phan get robbed in front of a live audience.
Although Phan tagged Leonard Garcia with more strikes in all three rounds, two of the three paid judges perceived the featherweight contest completely differently. Unfortunately for the Vietnamese-American, their perception turned out to be his reality – or should we say, nightmare.
“Asian brother can’t get some love, man. Not to take away from Leonard, I thought I won all rounds,” a dumbfounded Phan expressed to Rogan during his post-fight interview, which the comedian immediately concurred.
As if putting Adalaide Byrd and Tony Weeks – the judges whom apparently dozed off during Spike TV’s first televised bout – on blast in front of 1,622 irate fans inside The Pearl in Las Vegas weren’t enough, the controversial mic man took to the television and unleashed a verbal tirade that will go down in the record books.
The UFC gave him access to a microphone, and he voiced his full opinion without reservation. His pointblank candor was appreciated by frustrated fans worldwide. Hopefully, more than just the Octagon’s fanboys were listening.
Here are Rogan’s words of wisdom (Courtesy of MMAMania):
“I don’t think the last fight was close and the decision went the wrong way. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on fighters not knowing what kind of officiating you’re getting.
You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges. You should be able to just fight. And we should point out, that is the situation because of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 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.”