Should more retired fighters become judges?
UFC featherweight Steven Siler began his career as a teenager. The inexperience and lack of knowledge of the sport troubled Siler early on in his career; he held a professional record of 5-7 after just 12 fights.
However, the harder Siler worked and the more he learned, the better he became inside of the cage. Now, at just 25 years young, Siler holds a perfect 2-0 record in the UFC and will look to add to that win total when he meets Joey Gambino at UFC on FX 4.
Garrett Derr: You picked up the sport when you were just 18 years old. Why did you actually choose to pursue MMA rather than attend a college and earn a degree?
Steven Siler: My schooling experience wasn’t the best. I didn’t really go that often and was lucky to even graduate high school. College wasn’t in my future, but I didn’t think MMA was either. I was more doing it for fun and to make an extra $50 and to be on local TV. Once I really got into it, I started to get addicted and fell in love with the sport.
GD: Gambino will be making his UFC debut when you two meet and he took the fight on just four weeks notice. Do you think he’ll end up regretting this? If so, why?
SS: In my opinion, there’s no way you can regret taking a UFC fight at any moment. It’s a great experience and its worth taking any fight even if you are in half decent shape to fight. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and even if the fight doesn’t work out, you are more than likely going to get another chance with a real training camp after the fact.
GD: Now for an off-the-topic question. What can the commission do to improve the quality of judging or officiating in MMA? There seems to be controversy with the judging in every fight card as of late. Your thoughts?
SS: One thing I really would like is more ex-fighters to become judges. These guys know the ins and the outs of the sport. It would also give it a more clear cut way to determine how to score a fight instead of it changing from judge to judge.