Maia: Judges need to show up


Jake Shields won a narrow split decision victory over Demian Maia in the main event of UFN 29. Judges scores broke down this way:|
Richard Bertrand (USA): R1, R2, R5 for Shields, R3, R4 for Maia (48-47 Shields)
Sal D'Amato (USA): R2, R3, R5 for Shields, R1, R4 for Maia (48-47 Shields)
Guilherme Bravo (Brazil): R1, R4, R5 for Maia, R2, R3 for Shields (48-47 Maia)

Maia appeared at the post-fight press conference and said the judges should be more accountable.

"I don't understand the judges," said Maia as transcribed by MMAMania. "My strategy going into the fifth round was to defend the takedowns and score points standing, so I thought the fight was 3-2 to me. I think the judges should make their criteria more clear and the judges should go public. A decision like this can change a fighter's life and these guys never show up. They need to show up. They need to know the responsibility they have with judging, and they should clarify the rules."

What do you think UG? Was the judging sound last night? Who did you think won the main event?

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Tomato Can site profile image  

10/16/13 12:08 PM by Tomato Can

True. Honestly in this fight you could have practically scored 4 of the 5 rounds 10-10. Which is why nobody should really have much of an issue with the decision, either way.

CockneyBlue site profile image  

10/16/13 11:55 AM by CockneyBlue

If it is that close, it is a draw for the round and a 10-10 but judges very rarely give that score.

Mat Santos site profile image  

10/16/13 11:04 AM by Mat Santos

Exactly.... I am always amazed at this. It is like they are watching different fights.

Tomato Can site profile image  

10/16/13 10:19 AM by Tomato Can

"To have 3 judges watching the same fight and scoring each round differently shows that they clearly have different criteria in their heads."Or it just means that the rounds were extremely close.

CockneyBlue site profile image  

10/16/13 10:12 AM by CockneyBlue

Agree that this was a very close fight. Personally I had Maia ahead by one round and scored it the same as the Brazilian judge. Have to throw out a personal bias, I had just spent the previous 2 weeks training with Demian and his team in Sao Paulo so admit I was watching it from that viewpoint but, I have to 100% agree with him that the judging criteria needs to be more clearly laid out.To have 3 judges watching the same fight and scoring each round differently shows that they clearly have different criteria in their heads. I have judged a lot of MMA fights and can understand a slight difference between judges but the current scoring system leads to too many controversial decisions. And as Demian says, we are talking about decisions that can affect the career of a pro fighter.It's easy to say, "Don't leave it in the hands of the judges" but when we are talking about world class fighters with closely matched skills you have to understand how tough it is to finish a fight.

Immaculata site profile image  

10/13/13 8:14 PM by Immaculata

After rewatching the 5th, I can why the Judges gave it to Shields.

fruhzs site profile image  

10/13/13 8:07 PM by fruhzs

Maia didnt have horrible gameplan. He failed om executing it once he got all the way to the crucial dominant positions. He advanced all the way to his back with plan A in the 1st, and lost position.Advanced all the way to his back with Plan B in the 3rd, and lost poaition. Thats why he lost the fight. jake got more on top, cause he took Maia off of his back, and knew how to use the rules. Which is fair btw! Props to him and his team. But it was a lack of gameplan by Maia, but lack of execution on crucial details. Him losing dominant positions cost him the fight, as Jake never advanced to top positions on his own. Im sure Jakes gameplan wasnt to let Maia to his back so he could reverse him.Jake was savvy, experienced and the camler, smarter fighter trough most of the time. That won him the fight. Unfortuantely I thimk Demian felt the pressure of the opportuniyy.Best regards.

fruhzs site profile image  

10/13/13 7:59 PM by fruhzs

Ill watch the fight again, but I dont recall Jake ever passing beyond Maia's half guard. He won the fight on judges by staying on top more, imo. Also, as for the 1st rd, Demian shot with like 9 seconds in. So I dont understand the "before the takedown comment" , there was pretty much nothing but weak kicks before it.Anyways, props to Jake and its in the past now.

minotauro11 site profile image  

10/12/13 9:31 AM by minotauro11

Maia won. He controlled Shields for half of round one then lost position after taking his back, then Shields controlled Maia for the remainder of the round from guard or half guard, doing nothing with the positions. Maia had a dominant position, if briefly, and got the takedown. Round one was clearly his. Shields got rounds two and three, four was Maia's, then five was pretty clearly Maia's imo. Shields relentlessly pursued the takedown but Maia sprawled every time. The entire round was on the feet, where Maia wanted it. Is that not the definition of Octagon Control? And Maia out struck him. No idea how someone could give Shields that round. Shields never passed as some people are saying. He got to half guard a few times but that is not a pass, half guard is still neutral especially in jiujitsu and especially when you are fighting a guy with a tremendous half guard like Maia. Demian treated rounds two and three like a jiujitsu match, he was too comfortable off his back and that (and terrible judging) is why he lost the fight. He scored every takedown, landed the better strikes and got the most dominant positions. In my opinion he proved he's the better fighter despite losing on the scorecards. 

KingofBJJ site profile image  

10/11/13 9:45 AM by KingofBJJ

Should HAVE, not should "OF".