It would answer a lot of questions if officials were willing to write short, public opinions on each effort scored as a means of shedding light on what sort of insight is going into their decisions. For example, explain what it was GSP did in the first round earning him a nod over Hendricks in that particular frame (or vice-versa). In addition to possibly giving upset fans a new perspective, it would show the specific things judges are looking for when it comes to awarding wins instead of being so secretive about the process.
The outrage over the scoring in Saturday night’s showdown between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and top contender Johny Hendricks was widespread with everyone from fans to former fighters to UFC President Dana White labeling it as an embarrassing example of officiating. Of course, strange scorecards are nothing new, and fighters have been told to avoid going the distance for years based on the risk involved by leaving the result in judges’ hands. Hopefully, the blunder occurring on a stage as large as UFC 167 will create the motivation necessary to finally address the problem in 2014. While human error will always factor into fights on some level, judging can be dramatically improved by implementing a few simple fixes. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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