Diaz: MMA scoring 'a$$ backwards'


BloodyElbow's Dallas Winston conducted a terrific interview with (sort of) retired welterweight Nick Diaz on the currrent state of MMA judging.

"It's all geared toward this certain scoring criteria that's really ass-backwards," said Diaz.

"Spastic movements are made on account of a lack of technical aspects, so some fighters try to make up for this lacking technical aspect with some sort of frantic, spastic movement. And they're awarding points for more of that stuff. They spazz out, all over the f@$%ing place. And, all of a sudden, at the end of the fight, you realize ... Hector Lombard lost [to Tim Boetsch]? What the f@$% is that? He landed all the clean shots and stood his ground. That dude had to bounce around and move around all over the place. Frantically!"

"When I fought Sean Sherk, he threw punches in the air and moved around a little more than I did. He threw combinations that weren't even landing or doing any damage. [MMA judges] don't know what they're doing out there, and I've proven it. I've f@$%ing proven it, over and over again."

However, Diaz does not plan to immediately address the issue. Diaz's attorney Jonathan Tweedale explains.

"It makes no sense as a promotion that hasn't even had an event to go to the commission and say 'we think we have an idea here that will improve the sport' and request to use different scoring criteria," said Tweedale. "It would be presumptuous, and almost disrespectful, to approach the CSAC at this stage. Instead, we'd like to build credibility with the commission and establish a good track record first."

"Referees are good enough right now so that, if you're just holding your opponent down and not trying to advance position, inflict damage with heavy strikes or attempt submissions, they're going to stand it up. But when you introduce elbows on the ground, it doesn't take much for the referee to deem that as sufficient enough to let them keep going."

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So what do you think UG? How bad a problem is judging in MMA? And what is the solution?

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saemskin site profile image  

6/24/13 12:14 PM by saemskin

hardy har har

GSPushedInMyStinkEye site profile image  

6/23/13 6:56 PM by GSPushedInMyStinkEye

When was the last time Nick said anything about the Condit fight? It's easy to make someone look bad when you flat out make things up isn't it?The fans rarely bitch about it any more either, other than random occasions like this. But keep on exaggerating things if it makes you feel better.

Jaybrone site profile image  

6/23/13 6:22 PM by Jaybrone

Nick got beat by a better fighter 15 months ago. And he and his fans still can't stop bitching about it. It was not the judging or the rules. It was Nick getting out struck and out worked.

TheRaider site profile image  

6/23/13 5:05 PM by TheRaider

Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

6/23/13 5:00 PM by Hong Kong Phooey

  yes Kirik,   I did post it twice in the relevant threads where they belonged.

HexRei site profile image  

6/23/13 3:59 PM by HexRei

It's actually called "mma".

colubrid1 site profile image  

6/23/13 3:28 PM by colubrid1

I think they should make Diaz a head couch/intructor for judging MMA.HECK YA I AGREE WITH DIAZ!

kinson site profile image  

6/23/13 3:15 PM by kinson

Haha. For a tough 209 guy Nick sure does bitch a lot.

Damaynevent site profile image  

6/23/13 3:13 PM by Damaynevent

Judging won't change, but they could start penalizing fighters for stalling and/or avoiding the actual fight. Diving at a guys legs for 3 rounds and holding him down is not fighting. Take him down and try to finish him...if there is no attempts to finish him or cause damage with gnp, stand them up. Also, Condot didn't run from Hendricks and GSP like he did with Nick. He was more than comfortable standing with GSP and was willing to engage him where ever the fight went. Same goes for the Hendricks. Carlos was on his fucking bike against Nick. He didn't want to stand with him and for damn sure wasn't interested in his ground game with the exception of a couple of minutes. Maybe it was because the title was at stake or whatever, but Condit fought a totally different fight against Nick and anyone that's seen him fight before knows that. Condit has always been willing to engage and that's why so many people were excited about that fight. Condit changed his entire fighting style against Nick. That being said, Nick could work on his footwork. With his boxing and BJJ being so good, his obvious weakness is movement and athleticism. Still one of my favorite fighters.

saemskin site profile image  

6/23/13 3:02 PM by saemskin

Dear Nick,you have proven you can bitch and moan until you get your way. That, or you don't get your way and you never stop bitching and moaning.Look in your pantry, look in your driveway, and quit fucking whining all the time.oh, and learn to wrestle, it's called mmma or a fucking reason.