Last night's (Oct. 26, 2012) episode seven of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 featured a boring but controversial fight pitting Michael Hill against TUF house annoyance Matt Secor.
That talk was big leading into the bout but it turned out it was cheap.
After two plodding rounds of little activity, the judges decided another round was necessary. This one was slow too but it was just back-and-forth enough that judges sided with Hill over Secor, a decision blasted by all those in attendance. Or at least that's how it was edited and presented on FX.
Here's what UFC President Dana White had to say about the fight and the judging during the show last night (props to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the transcription):
"That first round would probably have to go down as one of the shittiest rounds in TUF history. One punch was thrown by each guy and then a bunch of laying around. The first round, maybe they didn't hear me say, 'This is 2 five-minute rounds.' This is a fight! You've got two fucking rounds to win this fight! At the end of the first round, I gave Matt that round. They said to me, 'No, no, no, mike won that round.' I wouldn't argue it. Second round, if you don't give that round to Matt...I don't know what you're doing. There was no doubt who won that round. [Third round], nobody is fighting with a sense of urgency! Nobody is fighting like they want to fucking win. Are you on summer vacation right now did you come here to win this show, become the ultimate fighter, make it into the UFC, and become champion someday? Why did you come here? This isn't fucking summer camp!
"That is fucking beyond comprehension. The judges handed me the piece of paper and I'm like, 'You gotta be fucking kidding me.' If that doesn't keep someone from judging ever again, nothing should. I had a hard time walking up there and reading the score. Even the blue team is pissed about the outcome of the fight! The Nevada State Athletic Commission should be embarrassed. No matter what side of this decision you're on it's bad."
But what about the competitors who actually took part in one of the worst recorded fights in recent memory?
For his part, Hill says he froze up under the pressure of the situation:
"After my fight I felt embarrassed. I felt like I let everybody down, from Dana White, to the producers, my teammates and my country. I think everyone wanted to see Matt Secor's mouth shut. I have never ever felt that pressure or jitters before. It was like I forgot everything I'd learned to this day. I just froze. It's the worst feeling ever, to know that that fight would be talked about all season, and once I got out of the house, on TV worldwide. I have so much to improve on. Every fight can't be pretty but you do what you can to win, and one thing's for sure I won't ever give up."
Secor, meanwhile, is just upset he broke his hand as opposed to losing in the manner he did:
"I felt mad because of the loss. I was mad because my hand was broken and that I got robbed. I wish that my hand didn't break. When something like that happens in a fight it makes the fight change completely. I was trying to finish but I couldn't use my right hand at all. The mood on Team Carwin didn't change after my loss because obviously I won that fight, it was more that everyone was pissed at the judges than anything else."