Incompetent NSAC judge given ‘small break’, may judge UFC 216

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Why after 24 years are there judges in MMA like Adalaide Byrd who couldn’t tell you how to escape a Guillotine? Add in her hugely controversial boxing score for Canelo Alvarez over GGG and Byrd’s presence becomes something worse than baffling.

Jack de Menezes for the Independent reports that executive director of the Nevada Athletic State Commission Bob Bennett confirmed Byrd is currently subject to a “small break” in order to review her performance.

 

“I’m not going to put her right back in,” said Bennett. “She’ll still be in the business, but she needs to catch her breath.”

“Like in any profession, you have a bad night. Unfortunately, she didn’t do well. I can tell you she conducts training for us, takes judges under her wing, but her score was too wide.”

Byrd only scored two rounds for GGG. That’s not “too wide” it’s wrong. It’s the same extraordinary incompetence, or worse, that saw Byrd give Melvin Guillard a 30-27 vs. Jamie Varner when the other two judges had it for Varner 30-27.

However, Bennet told Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting that no decision had been made on whether Byrd will be judging at UFC 216 on October 7, and declined to comment on Byrd’s break.

“I will speak with the chairman and Adalaide and we will decide in a week or so,” said Bennett.

Raimondi also reached out to Byrd, who said she was unaware the commission wanted her to take a break.

“I don’t know anything about that,” she said. “That’s really all I can say.”

The response to Byrd’s judging of Saturday’s contest has been beyond scathing, with ESPN’s Teddy Atlas alleging Byrd and the NAC are corrupt. Again, Byrd said she was unaware.

“I can’t comment on anything, because I haven’t seen or read anything at all,” Byrd said. “I can’t comment, because I don’t even know what people are saying.”

“I’m just trying to be strong, and I think that’s a good thing.”

In Byrd’s defense, there is a degree of consistency here. She doesn’t know she’s on a break. She doesn’t know she’s the subject of the harshest judge criticism in years. She doesn’t know how to consistently judge boxing competently. And she doesn’t know how to consistently judge MMA competently.

“Adalaide, in my estimation, is an outstanding judge,” said Bennett recently. “She’s done over 115 title fights and/or elimination bouts. She does a great deal of our training. Takes a lot of our judges under her wing. I think being a judge is a very challenging position.”

At this point, Byrd doesn’t need to try to be strong, she needs to find something else to do Saturday nights other than too regularly ruin people’s livelihood. Or if Byrd has the potential to be outstanding, have her take an MMA training course. But the idea that she is mentoring judges is not rational.