Cole Miller: MMA regressing due to 'disgusting' judging


UFC Featherweight Cole Miller appeared on Monday's episode of Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour and offered pointed criticism for judging in MMA.

Miller went into his fight with Andy Ogle at UFN 30 with only one win in his last four, and thus desperately needed a win, which he secured in short order. However, Miller disputed the unanimous decision loss to Manny Gamburyan, and the split decision loss ot Nam Phan.

"I've kind of been up and down," said Miller as transcribed by MMAFighting. "But I've only been up and down because of what some 50 and 60-year-old judges have said about my fights. If you actually went back and looked at them, as far as I'm concerned, this is four wins in a row."

"I thought I won that (Gamburyan fight) and so did the media. So did everybody, in fact; Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, everybody came back and told me what was up. I read all the play-by-plays from the media. They all said that I won the fight and that I won every round of the fight, so as far as I'm concerned, I had momentum going into this fight.

"These [officials] want to say that I ‘lost,' but I'm the one doing all the damage."

"They're not even qualified to be making the calls they're making. That's kind of disgusting and that's really unfortunate in our sport, because it changes the whole landscape of our sport. When you have unqualified people judging mixed martial arts, it changes the way that mixed martial arts is actually fought, because fighters are now adjusting their styles to please people that don't know anything about our sport.

"Then coaches are training their fighters to please these people that don't know anything about our sport. Right? And people want to think, ‘Oh, he's just bitching. He's just complaining because he hasn't won these fights in a while.' Look, you can keep all these decisions. I'm a martial artist, and I walk out with my head held high. I fight my kind of fight.

"I love this sport. I really do. And I want to see it make progress. I don't want to see it regress. With the judging in mixed martial arts, and how coaches are coaching the fighters, and how fighters are manipulating and molding their styles to please people that know nothing about MMA, it makes the sport regress. That's really unfortunate, and that's something that I've been seeing for a long time, and it really makes me sad."

What do you think UG? Is incompetent judging changing the play of the game in MMA?

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CJJScout site profile image  

10/31/13 11:38 AM by CJJScout

Spot on statement

GripnRip site profile image  

10/30/13 9:19 PM by GripnRip

Agree entirely. I can say 100% the amount of UFC i watch has declined significantly and steadily for a good 3 years now and that is due almost entirely to the complete lack of credibility of the athletic commissions governing these events. While many choose to remain ignorant, those of us who have been watching for the past 10+ years can see this sport has been hijacked by organizations who have slowly deteriorated the ruleset and judging to allow them near absolute control over all decision. The writing has been on the wall for some time, the guys and suits have carved the guts out of this sport an left us with the shell. Fuck off and die you sociopaths....get a real job.

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

10/30/13 9:14 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

No pat on the back needed. I'm just saying I've never seen a fighter criticize Judging after they get the call right.

UGCTT_Benwahwah site profile image  

10/30/13 9:02 PM by UGCTT_Benwahwah

Why? They are doing a job just like the judges. Why are judges so sensitive that they need to be patted on the back for doing their job properly?

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

10/30/13 7:26 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

I disagree with your comparison.

Horace.P.McTitties site profile image  

10/30/13 6:44 PM by Horace.P.McTitties

Manny fight should have been stopped and the ogle fight should have been a draw or maybe split for ogle ... Miller decent groundgame terrible striking

UGCTT_Benwahwah site profile image  

10/30/13 4:45 PM by UGCTT_Benwahwah

Why should they be given credit for getting it right? That's their job. Do you make sure to tell a burger flipper at McDonalds what a great job he is doing?

Mix6APlix site profile image  

10/30/13 4:36 PM by Mix6APlix

I love Cole. No homo. He fights to finish and seems to always be upfront, forthright and honest in his interviews. And he won the Gamburyan fight.WAR COLE!

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

10/30/13 2:58 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

No doubt. But I never see the Judges get any credit when they do get it right.  I hear a lot of criticism and agree with a most of it, but you still have to give credit when they get it right and I don't see any of that. 

A_Butler site profile image  

10/30/13 2:41 PM by A_Butler

When was the last time you saw the loser of a decision get a post fight interview? How's he gonna complain if he doesn't get the mic? He won this one, but that doesn't mean the problem isn't still there. You gotta make some noise when you get your 15 seconds of talk time.