If the UFC truly has a problem with the impact judges are having on the sport of MMA the organization needs to put a chunk of cash behind the cause and attack it internally. There have to be ways to change the lack of oversight from athletic commissions when it comes to lackluster judging or bring in professionals internally like the MMA does with referees. It’s time to hire some lawyers to dig through the required books and start working on ways to re-build judging from the ground up.
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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