Another night of mixed martial arts action resulted in another evening of dubious decisions rendered by the officials sitting just inches from the live action. Seven of the 12 bouts went the distance on Saturday night at UFC 131, with three of the fights producing precarious scores.
If fanboys are disgusted with the judging that’s going down in MMA, imagine how UFC president Dana White feels.
Speaking of which…
“Something has to be done about the judging, it’s so bad. Not only does it affect people’s lives, it ruins everything for people that are watching,” White stated following the post-fight press conference. “You watch it and you’re like ‘What? 30-27? What fight were you watching?’
“Now we’ve got TV screens for them. What the [expletive]? You’ve got a TV screen, how did you judge that 30-27?”
Kenny Florian was floored by Diego Nunes in the 1stRound of their featherweight scrap and appeared to clearly lose the first five minutes. When their 15-minute affair was all said and done, one of the judges awarded Florian a 30-27 sweep.
In addition, Demian Maia overwhelmed Mark Munoz in the opening stanza of their middleweight match up, but Munoz was also given a 30-27 win on one judge’s scorecard.
While those scores raised many eyebrows, it was the decision of the 145-pound bout between Michihiro Omigawa and Darren Elkins that really irked White.
The bright side for the stunned Japanese star is that MMA’s ultimate shot caller has also rendered his verdict, which in some cases is the only one that counts.
“Then you’ve got the Omigawa fight, where this guy loses the fight and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva said he was pulling a [Kazushi[ Sakuraba and wasn’t going to leave the Octagon. He was going to stay in there, Joe had to beg him to leave,” White stated.
“We’re going to pay him his win money. I don’t care what the judges said, he won the fight. I say he won. Overruled.”