Ratner reviews judge's performance, privately


When the UFC takes place in a nation without a government  regulatory body, those duties are handled by former Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and current UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner.

This was the case at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 7 - in the UK the venerable British Boxing Board of Control regulates boxing only, not mixed martial arts.

Saturday's Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills was scored by one judge 29-28 for the local boy Mills, while the other two had it 29-28 Riddle and 30-27 Riddle. UFC president Dana White tweeted a shocked "LMAO," at the dissenting judge, while the UG's collective response can be capture in three letters - WTF.

Ratner said the fighters who deserved to win were victorious at UFC on FUEL TV 7, even if he didn't agree with all of the judges' scores.

"The most important thing to me is, did the right guy win the fight, who deserved the decision?" said Ratner.

"I've already talked with a judge, and I met with all the officials after the fights. We'll do some stuff internally, but we don't talk about that to the public."

For his part, White stands back, and let Ratner do his job.

"I let Ratner do his thing," White said afterward. "I might bitch about it, but I don't get involved. If you give Che Mills the f@$%ng fight, I don't even know what to say to you. What the f@$% do you even say to that guy? 'See you?' I hope that's what's going to be said."

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UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

2/19/13 12:07 PM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Trying to influence the judges is one thing.   Trying to get judges to learn how to PROPERLY score fights regardless of the fighters in a particular fight is something completely different. Education is not = to influencing.   Wrap your head around that child. 

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2/19/13 11:51 AM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

  what you are talking about is a call on one play (or a series of plays) that affect the outcome...that is different than judges that literally determine the ENTIRE outcome...   also, its true that when the refs that officiate contests are hired and managed by the league, its an inherent conflict of interest..its just that the conflict of interest is not as direct or severe as it is in this situation...also, im sure there are at least some level of checks and balances in place even in these scenarios..i dont think, for example, you will see the colorado gm having a private meeting with the officials to deal with them and discuss their officiating

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2/19/13 11:46 AM by UGCTT Molsonmuscle360

Check out the highlights from last nights Colorado vs Nashville hockey game.  Tell me an official didn't turn that game on it's heels with quite possibly the worst call I've seen in the last 10 years.  I'm a hockey official myself, and I have seen games turn on a call whether right or wrong.  And in 95% of the leagues I have officiated in, the league hands down the standard of reffing they are looking for.  Whether they want a super tight game called or a really loose one.

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2/19/13 11:07 AM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

  lol@ignorant assumptions..its clear you do not understand what a conflict of interest is.....let me educate you fool     a conflict of interest occurs when two parties, who should have an alignment of interests, have their interests misaligned, typically due to one party having a separate, significant interest that "conflicts" with the interest that is supposed to be aligned...   for example, for corporations in most states, there is a built in conflict of interest vote with respect to transactions that a director has a financial interest in...directors and the corporations they serve are supposed to have an alignment of interests - they are supposed to make decisions and take actions for the benefit of the corporation and its shareholders...but when a director has a financial interest in a transaction the director has the ability to vote on, that AUTOMATICALLY creates a conflict of interest, because his personal interest is now misaligned with the interests of the corporation...so what happens in this scenario? in most states the transaction has to be approved by a majority of the disinterested directors or shareholders (or be proven to be fair)...it doesnt matter if the director would have voted on the transaction in a fair manner..the conflct of interest exists, so prudently, protections are put in place to prevent that conflict of interest from turning into an abuse of power...   the same thing exists here...the ufc has numerous interests that are not aligned with the judges interests, which should be to score the fight according to the rules...for the ufc to have any kind of infuence whatsoever on the judges is an inherent conflict of interest..the mere act of ratner talking to the judge about his judging should not be permitted, regardless of what was said...   and btw, your retarded ass is conflicting with your own retarded statement..on the one hand you say they arent infuencing judges, but then you say they should try to do something about the terrible scorecard...are you really that fucking stupid?

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2/19/13 9:56 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

I just won't make ignorant assumptions like you do.    Not surprizing that all you have left as a response is "yo momma" jokes.    Trying to influence judging BEFORE a fight = conflict of interest Trying to educate a judge on errors AFTER a fight = improving the sport   So comical that everyone here complains that the UFC should do something to help the commissions with their terrible judges. Then the UFC speakss out that they at least tried to do something after a terrible scorecard and your little whiney ass has to start crying about it.....wahhhhhhhhh

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2/19/13 9:49 AM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

Yes. Any words spoken in response to poor judging is a huge conflict of interest dummy. In most structured organizations protections against conflicts of interest are there to protect against the possibility of abuse not just the abuse itself. Just the fact ratner can talk to a judge who he thought fucked up scoring is problematic. And unless u are fucking retarded u can infer pretty clearly he in fact did talk to the judge about fucking up. Try learning to read between the lines instead of having everything hand spooned to you like your mama does.

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2/19/13 9:46 AM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

None of those judges directly determine the outcome of the match. Big difference.

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2/19/13 8:22 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

That's Illinois for you...

UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

2/19/13 8:20 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Yeah, learn to read. So you are saying that ANY words he spoke = conflict of interest despite you not having a clue what those words were...To boot the UFC is over seeing the event as the acting commission so they have every right to speak to judges. When you know what was actually said, you then can try and make a claim to conflict of interest. Until then you're just making shit up.

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2/19/13 8:09 AM by BobD

Ratner wasn't involved because of his position in the UFC, he is also head of the Technical Committee of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), which has backed commissions in Sweden and Brazil. In countries where there is not a commsion, and the local government has indicated they would like one, Zuffa has been giving assistance on setting them up.  And yes, there is clearly space here for abuse.