In the wake of UFC 143, we were all left with yet another decision which half of the population disagrees. Dana White and The Nevada State Athletic Commission have acknowledged the need for reformation. Dana White, the proverbial Martin Luther if you will, is blowing his whistle by enumerating instances of poor refereeing and judging. Dana says it drives him nuts; he also indicates the issue as a major crux in the evolution of the sport.
“I’ve said it many times. In the evolution of this sport right now, one of the big problems we’re having right now is judging and reffing. It’s one of the things that drives me crazy and attention needs to be paid to scoring and reffing. First of all, it affects guys careers as far as legacies go. Jon Jones? Jon Jones should be undefeated right now but he’s not, he’s got a loss on his record and there’s tons of guys in the UFC that have those. There’s guys who’ve absolutely, clearly won fights and lost on the judges’ scorecards. Nobody’s perfect. There’s always gonna be problems. But the judging and the reffing is so bad in mixed martial arts, it drives me crazy. The fans hate it too and it hurts the sport. These athletic commissions really need to tighten up and start working on educating their refs and judges.”
On a positive note, Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, has indicated that there will be an “open mic night” that will allow anybody interested in the sport to come and vocalize his opinion on rule changes and reformations to the Unified Rules. Only time will tell how serious the commission is about making actual changes, but if history repeats itself, we may be more likely to see rule changes actually be implemented sooner rather than later. Nevada’s Athletic Commission is as good as any when it comes to keeping up with change.
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