Kizer: There is no judging crisis in Nevada

Monday, November 18, 2013

There is an old unspoken, sometmes broken rule in boxing that in order to take a champions title, you have to beat him thoroughly. When Chris Weidman took Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title at UFC 163, Silva was unconscious. When Alexander Gustafsson fought UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 165, while some observers thought The Mauler did enough to get the judge’s decision, there was no outcry, as whatever happened, Jones was not unequivocally beaten up. However, When UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre retained his welterweight title Saturday night with a split decision, the outcry was fierce and prolonged.

There was complete accord with the judges about rounds 2-5, and with many onlookers as well. All three judges have GSP rounds 3 and 5, and all three judges gave Hendricks 2 and 4. The big question is round 1, which most observers gave to the challenger, but two judges gave to GSP.

 

 

Sal D’Amato

Tony Weeks

Glenn Trowbridge

 

Round 1:

GSP

GSP

Hendricks

 

Round 2:

Hendricks

Hendricks

Hendricks

 

Round 3:

GSP

GSP

GSP

 

Round 4:

Hendricks

Hendricks

Hendricks

 

Round 5:

GSP

GSP

GSP

 

 
The most prominent detractor was UFC president Dana White.

“It’s absolutely, 100 percent incompetence,” said White at the post fight press conference,” adding, “and it needs to stop. I’m f–-ing scared to come back here and (promote) fights. I’m afraid of this state.”

“This is our hometown, this is where we live, and our athletic commission is the weakest commission in the country. When you start looking at next year’s schedule, how many events do you want to do in Vegas?”

However, when Cagewriter’s Elias Cepeda, asked Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Keith Kizer if there was a judging crisis in Nevada, Kizer was unqequivocal.

“No,” he explained.

“I don’t see controversy in the GSP-Hendricks decision. The media seems split on who won. The LA times scored it for GSP. All seemed to agree that Hendricks won rounds two and four and that St. Pierre won three and five. The first round could have gone either way.”

“Even if you disagreed with the scoring, how is that something to criticize the commission for?”

“Before the fight, both the St. Pierre and Hendricks camps were fine with the proposed judges… [Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and former NSAC executive director] Marc Ratner and Dana White have also told me that they believe Sal D’Mato and Tony Weeks were two of the best judges, if not the best, in MMA. You can tell they feel that way by where the UFC has taken them.”

Kizer also addressed White’s frustration leading to less shows in Las Vegas.

“I don’t think it’s likely,” said Kizer. “I don’t think its what he meant but in any case, we are a public agency and so we are happy to hear everyone’s comments and input.”

Towards that end, Kizer has set a public workshop for Monday Dec 2 at 9:00 am to take feedback from interested parties.

The Nevada Athletic Commission is proposing the adoption of regulations pertaining to chapter 467 of the Nevada Administrative Code. A workshop has been set for 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013, at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 4500, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The purpose of the workshop is to solicit comments from interested persons on any matter related to contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat, or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the Nevada Athletic Commission, NAC chapter 467. A copy of all materials relating to the proposal may be obtained at the workshop or by contacting the Office of the Nevada Athletic Commission, 555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 3200, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101, (702) 486-2575.

A reasonable fee for copying may be charged.

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