Vancouver AC head responds to Elkins vs. Omigawa decision

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

When Darren Elkins was given the decision over Michihiro Omigawa, the sport suffered a collective ‘WTF’ including, by the look on his face. No one was more publicly outraged than UFC President Dana White, who ended up paying Omigawa the win bonus, and otherwise treating him within the organization as the winner.

“It’s very frustrating and it’s horrible” White said. “It’s just getting to the point now where when you see something that’s that blatantly wrong… the hard part for me is you’re affecting people’s lives. It’s one thing… listen; my business, you know, people get pissed off… what people are pissed off about is the fighters. How hard these guys train, how hard they work and to have somebody… we even have television monitors in front of these f—— guys now. You’re watching a television monitor and you still come up with a 30-27 in these fights? You should never judge another fight as long as you live. You don’t deserve to be in the fight business, you’re hurting these f—— guys that are out training and working hard. It just absolutely drives me nuts.”

Now Jonathan Tweedale, the Commissioner for the Vancouver Athletic Commission, speaks out on the controversial decision at UFC 131 that awarded Darren Elkins the win in his bout with Michihiro Omigawa.in an exclusive interview with SBNation.com

“In the first round, Elkins backed Omigawa up with punches the entire round. He controlled the center of the cage. He was throwing a lot more shots, and landing more — and in combination. If there is any controversy as to the outcome of the fight it must be because of the second round.

“That was a very challenging round to score. An argument can be made in favour of either fighter. Elkins landed more punches. At one point, when Omigawa came forward, he was stopped dead in his tracks by Elkins’ combination punches, and at another point he was slightly buckled.  Due to Omigawa’s unusual stance and balance, it was difficult to tell exactly whether he was rocked by some of these shots. However, you could see Omigawa’s leg bend, and the control shift to Elkins as he landed the combo, stopping Omigawa in his tracks, taking the center of the cage, and going on the attack again.

“These sequences, as well as the total effective strikes landed, could reasonably warrant awarding the round to Elkins. Elkins didn’t land many more than Omigawa, but he did land more.  (The Fightmetric numbers agree.) As to the blood – it represents something, but a cut can be caused by a glancing blow and some fighters just cut more readily than others.

“That’s a round about which reasonable people can disagree. Close rounds like Round 2 of Omigawa vs Elkins serve as useful examples for discussion, to assist in refining and evolving the community’s understanding of the scoring criteria, generally. And that is a good thing for the sport.”

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