MMA Scribbles Newsletter- Fight Judges and Match Making - Issue #40

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UFC 271
UFC 271 came and went on Super bowl weekend. I know my picks have been trash, but I should know better than to do parlays. Especially ones of more than two fights because only one of the three underdogs won when Tai Tuivasa dropped Derrick Lewis in the early part of round two. With Ngannou’s knee issues, we’ll likely get an Interim title fight between Cyril Gane, Stipe Miocic and Tuivasa at some point. Matchmakers will have their hands full when looking at the heavyweight division for sure.
Speaking of matchmaking, the pacing and fights for UFC 271 were better than most pay-per-views as of late. If you want to read my takeaways from the event, check out the editorial I do over at MMANews.com. Aside from some odd judging, the event was not bad.
7 Takeaways from UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2
Speaking of Judging
Judging in combat sports is a weird gig. The rules on how to do it seem to vary from state to state and the required education to do it seems to be hard to find. To sit ring/cage-side and focus on the criteria to judge fights, give scores of 10,9, or 8 and then add them up in an arena filled with rabid fans can be daunting. You think there would be some training but as we have seen, some judges get places just because they are relics in the local politics of sports.
Take Adelaide Byrd for example.
She judges boxing and MMA events, mostly in Las Vegas, Nevada. What qualifies her to be a judge? Surely it cannot be because she is married to a boxing referee and judge Robert Byrd, can it?
The best answer I got was when I had the pleasure of speaking with Sean Wheelock, who is the Kansas Athletic Commissioner and has extensive experience as a play-by-play broadcaster for combat sports and is the Rules and Judging Analyst for Triller Fight Club. He pointed out the unique task of being an individual human being that has to focus on everything from the perspective of where they are sitting versus what we all see at home.
Yes, they have monitors (sometimes) but if they’re not trained in combat sports they still have to judge on what they see from where they are sitting. When looking at it that way, it helps understand where some scoring comes from but it still doesn’t make controversial outcomes any better.
Check out Wheelock’s full interview here:
Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour: Sean Wheelock Returns
Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour: Sean Wheelock Returns
About That Main Event Decision
I know Israel Adesanya is great at what he does and he’s smart enough to fight in a way that does protect his overall health and well-being. Even outside of fighting he said on fight week he keeps the right people around him to keep him in line, including his father. So what’s not to like?
Still, I also could not help but agree with something Michael Chandler Tweeted when the fight was done. I’ll leave you with that:
Michael Chandler
Trust me, I love Izzy. But we have gotten to a point where a dominant champ just needs to stand there, throw a few shots per round and he will not lose unless he gets caught&he will always get the nod. Izzy got paid on this last contract...go FIGHT, don’t you dare spar. #UFC271
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Ed Carbajal
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