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Win, Lose, or Draw: Controversy Still Surrounding Judges and the Fans Influence on Decisions




Following UFC 125, on New Years Day, a decision that brought the Lightweight Title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, more fans were disappointed than with most botched decisions. After receiving a severe beating at the hands of Maynard, Edgar rallied back to pull a draw decision and retain his belt. The Fight Metric reports (www.fightmetric.com) showed that according to the ten-point must system the decision came to a 47-47 draw. Anyone that has followed the MMA fan community, however, will notice everyone was torn on who they think won the fight. It is hard to find an MMA fan that does not pick one side or another in a fight, which is what has brought about the arguments since the fight due to bias making the decision “controversial.” Dana White told the press at the post-fight conference that there would be no rematch, but instead that Anthony Pettis would get the next shot at Edgar’s title. Later on Dana had a “change of heart” and decided a rematch would be the best way to go. It is no surprise that Dana changed his mind with how many people demanded a rematch. All of this shows that the fans control everything about the sport whether it be a decision being considered “controversial” or a fight being dropped and another added. The higher ups in the organization have already tasted the downside of letting the fans decide things with the Fight of the Night award from UFC 124 going to Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck instead of Sean Pierson and Matt Riddle, whom Dana felt should have won the award. This begs the question if fans take over the decisions made by the executives of the UFC and other MMA organizations will fighters pursue other interests on the whym of being treated unfairly, or will executives run business the way they feel it should be ran and make decisions they feel are right.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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