Not solely based on his long history of handing down incredibly ridiculous rulings on bouts, but more for his recent comments to MMAWeekly.com when discussing his feelings of some of the criticism he has fallen under because of his latest blatant blunder.
“My thing is, Rua did hit him more,” explained Cecil. “But Machida hit him harder, especially in the early rounds.”
So according to Mr. Peoples, the man admits that Shogun landed the bulk of the strikes, but Machida “apparently” landing the harder shots canceled out Mauricio’s strikes because they were somehow perceived as softer.
What sense does this make?
With this logic, the gameplan for all fighters in the UFC going forward should be to absorb as much punishment as humanly possible while landing an occasional haymaker. Are you kidding me?
And since when did Peoples become an on-site human measuring stick for the velocity and impact of strikes. Being convinced that Machida’s blows were somehow more devastating reeks of favoritism.
“I’m really perplexed about how you give (Rua) this round, because Shogun was kicking (Machida) a lot in the legs, but every time he kicked him in the legs, he got hit in the face ” continued the repeatedly controversial judge. “Shogun would put his hand up, and Machida would go right through, sweat’s flying off (Rua’s) face. Shogun kicked (Machida) in the belly – that’s how he got the red mark.”
Perplexed as to how anyone could give Rua a round where he clearly landed more strikes?
I think the world of mixed martial arts is a lot more perplexed as to how one of its most frequent outcome deciders could so easily toss out all of the powerful kicks landed by Rua just because he didn’t knuckle Machida up to his liking.
I could understand giving a few shots to the face more leverage than a few dozen hard kicks back during UFC 1-10, but the year is 2009 and this was UFC 104. If the fossils in place to rule on MMA bouts currently are frozen in time, its time for them to be replaced. Simple as that.
“But you gotta remember, Machida is stepping back, so when he gets kicked, he’s getting brushed,” said Peoples. “But he counters Shogun with a hard kick to the belly. Which one counts more for the exchange? I give it to the (second one), because it was harder. It wasn’t brushed.”
So the same hard kick to the “belly” of Machida that caused the red mark that Cecil so easily explained away as meaningless is no longer meaningless when Lyoto lands it?
Again, somehow Machida must have been landing the harder kicks. Disregard the fact that “The Dragon” was taking steady, visible damage to the legs and body, Lyoto’s kicks were…… well, they were just harder according to the impact expert.
“Machida was controlling that round because he was dominant in not getting beat up in that round,” Cecil attempted to rationalize. “He was the general in that first round.”
I don’t know, but if Machida was dominant in not getting beat up in that round, wasn’t Shogun even that much more dominant being that not only was he “not getting beat up”, he was also pushing the action?
“Everybody was expecting him to destroy Shogun like he destroyed Rashad Evans, and he didn’t destroy him,” said Peoples. “It was a close fight. So people think: (Rua) did good. If he did that good, he must have won the fight.”
So to be the champion, not only do you have to beat him, you have to DESTROY him. Good to know.
And of course, that’s got to be it. Previously I was convinced that Mauricio should have been declared the rightful victor, but now that Cecil broke it down like that, I’m finally starting to realize that I thought Shogun did good, and that he should win the fight because of that. I never really believed that Rua actually won. I was terribly confused. Thanks for clarifying that for me Cecil, I’ve never been very good at thinking for myself.
For anyone that feels like Peoples should find a different way to make his daily bread, he has one message for you.
“If you don’t like it, you can go to hell,” stated Peoples in closing.
We don’t like it, and you have one of two choices: You can either find a profession you’re actually good at, or continue single handily setting this great sport back as the official donkey of mixed martial arts judging.
Do the right thing.