Griffin: Ex-fighters should not be judges

Monday, December 02, 2013

It’s pretty clear that MMA has a judging problem. What’s not clear is how to fix it. Educating judges is of course the first solution, but the idea of using ex-fighters to judge is also out there. 

Forrest Griffin, now retired from MMA, believes that although that answer would provide knowledgeable judges, it wouldn’t be the best solution:

ON MMA JUDGING PROBLEMS:

“Did Johny Hendricks get screwed? Maybe a little bit, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen in MMA. It’s not a fixable problem, is what I’m saying. You’re doing the best you can. … It’s just, there’s so many flaws in the judging system. You can change the system, you can change the scoring system, you can make it like Pride where it’s the totality of the fight — whatever the hell that means — but it’s always going to be difficult.

“I’m not saying it works. I’m not saying it doesn’t work. I’m just saying, I haven’t seen, laid out, detail for detail, the better system. I’m still looking for it. Pride wasn’t the better system. I haven’t seen a better system in Europe, I haven’t seen a better system in South Africa. You show me a better system and I’m willing to get onboard. But I just need to see that system before I abandon this one.”

ON WHETHER EX-FIGHTERS SHOULD JUDGE FIGHTS:

“No, they shouldn’t, because they’re biased towards the way they fought. I’d be biased towards more active guys that maybe didn’t have a lot of power, because I never had a lot of power. You have those main biases that you cannot strip away. … I don’t care who you are. Me and Matt Hughes are not going to see eye-to-eye if a kickboxer fights a wrestler.

“I just got to know [a few judges] recently, and they watch tapes. They’ve seen every fight. They’ve seen as many fights as you, and more fights than me. So that’s how you learn. You learn just by watching. You don’t have to do it.”

HIS SOLUTION:

“Here’s the deal, I’ll judge the fights. I’ll judge all the fights. Here’s what we’re going to do: I’m going to take a video home, I’m going to study it… but I’m not going to tell you who the champion is until Sunday morning. I’m going to have to go home with a couple pots of coffee and watch the fight a couple times, and then I’ll tell you who actually won.

“You’ll get up (on Sunday), it’ll be like Christmas presents. It’ll be like you can’t wait for Santa.”

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So what do you think UG, should the UFC or ACs employe ex high-level fighters to serve as judges after their careers are over?