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?