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UFC Quick Quote: Judges who suck should be fired


"I think they should fire judges that suck. I don't understand how someone can keep their job over and over again while screwing up over and over. What do you call that exactly? Extreme incompetence. How does someone judge any sort of combat sport without at least a passing interest in the sport? If you pulled aside, and I don't want to name any names, but if you pulled aside some of those judges from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, that has notoriously had horrific scoring, and started asking them about fighters that aren't fighting in the UFC, would they know anything about them? Would they know anything about who the top judo guy is? Would they even know anything about Gilbert Melendez and how good he is? Do these guys know how you set up an armbar? If I sat them down and said, 'Do an armbar on this guy', would they be able to do that? I think you've got to know when a guy's in trouble and when a guy's not in trouble, and the only way to know that, is to have actually trained. I don't think you can be a person who judges martial arts without being an expert in martial arts."

Count Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan among the legions of fight fans who are tired of seeing "incompetent" judges botch the outcome of mixed martial arts (MMA) fights on a regular basis. Rogan, who tells Bloody Elbow he wants officials held to a higher standard, expects the men behind the desk to become an expert in the sport they're expected to grade. Former UFC welterweight Ricardo Almeida was recruited by Nick Lembo, Counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, to get the ship righted in "The Garden State." Should Nevada follow suit? Or is this simply a learning process as the sport continues to evolve?

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