WEE : Michael Bisping calls for accountability of MMA judges

Don’t say “don’t leave it up to the judges” around Michael Bisping. This weekend, former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway will return to the cage against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7.

Bisping in favor of judges being supervised

It’s a highly anticipated fight and Bisping was discussing the fight on his Believe You Me podcast recently. During the preview, the conversation focused on Holloway’s most recent fight, a controversial decision loss to Alexander Volkanovski in their rematch last year and the phrase ‘don’t leave it to the judges’ was uttered, which caused Bisping to walk away. a tangent.

“I hate that expression because no fighter wants to leave it up to the judges. No fighter has ever thought, ‘Oooo, do you know what I’m going to do? I’ll leave this up to three random people I never met. I am going to work hard for several months, I am going to risk my career, I am going to risk my health, I am going to fight in a fight and what I am going to do is a strategy: I will leave it to the judges because we all know that everyone commits a lot. mistakes, so that’s what I’m going to do. ‘ Nobody ever plans it! You want to get in, get out. They don’t pay you for overtime. If you can get a quick knockout, great! Unfortunately, when you’re fighting the best in the world and you’re also one of the best in the world, you can’t always get them out of there.

The MMA evaluation has been a source of constant frustration for fans and fighters in recent years, and apparently every fight card has at least one decision from the judges scratching their heads. In recent years, numerous MMA luminaires have offered a litany of ways to help fix it, from open scoring to adding more judges and converting ex-combatants into judges, but for Bisping the solution to the problem is simple, it just needs to be enacted: liability for spoiling.

“Almost in every event there is an extravagant fight that is scored. Even commenting I’ve been like, ‘What the fuck? How did that judge come to that conclusion? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they must be held accountable. Number one, these guys are doing a job. They are doing a job. They are paid! So you have to do that job well. In any other area of ​​life, if you do a shitty job, you get fired! “

“When I say accountability, it is very simple. If there’s a fancy punctuation that doesn’t make sense, he sits in a room with two or three other judges and you explain why you scored that round that way, And if you can’t come up with a workable excuse that is rational and credible, then you’re either incompetent or inaccurate and unfit for the fucking job anyway. It’s as simple as that and I don’t understand why it isn’t implemented.

“… Sometimes a judge’s decision can change your life, change the amount of money that you are about to win, can make you a world champion, can make you a non-world champion. This is a lot at stake! «

The answer is probably pretty simple too: there is no money in it. Adding oversight to the evaluation would be an increase in work with fairly minimal gain (and possibly tangible losses) from a commission standpoint. Unfortunately for some fighters, that means that from time to time they will run into the wrong side of things and the best way to avoid that would be, in fact, not to leave their fate in the hands of the judges.