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."
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