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Joe Rogan: 'You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges'


After Leonard Garcia won a split decision win over Nam Phan, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan went off on judging in MMA:

"I don't think the last fight was close and the decision went the wrong way. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on fighters not knowing what kind of officiating you're getting. It's gross. You should be able to leave it in the hands of the judges. You should be able to just fight. And we should point out, that is the situation because of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It has nothing to do with the UFC. People keep saying 'oh the UFC!' We have no say whatsoever. And (NSAC executive director) Keith Kizer has denied that there's an issue. I think (Kizer) needs to clean house. There's a few very good judges surrounded by a bunch of incompetent morons, who know nothing about the sport. They need to do something about that, because it's ruining MMA. It's making people think that this sport is corrupt. It has nothing to do with corruption. It's sheer and total incompetence."

One day after the fact, fans and pundits alike are still left wondering how Garcia was awarded two of three rounds on the judges scorecards. For his part, during the Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks fight last night (Dec. 4), Rogan exploded on the current situation in MMA and seems to believe, like so many fans, that a complete overhaul is necessary to effect any change. He even goes a step further and suggests fans are getting turned off to the sport altogether, sensing corruption amongst the ranks of the decision makers. Is he right, Maniacs? Let's hear your ideas of what can be done to improve the state of judging in MMA.

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