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Carlos Condit not impressed with New Mexico Athletic Commission, says it is ‘amateur hour over there’

Former UFC interim title champion Carlos Condit spoke with Ariel Helwani regarding his recovery, as well as the consistent issues with the New Mexico Athletic Commission.

Carlos Condit is not impressed with the New Mexico Athletic Commission's handling of the UFC fight card last weekend.

Condit, who trains out of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, was present at the UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov event last weekend, and witnessed first-hand the commission's inability to function professionally.

"Unfortunately, it's amateur hour over there (New Mexico)," Condit told's Ariel Helwani. " I hate to say it but that commission has a lot of nepotism, and ‘hey, this guy is my cousin. He is going to have this job,' sort of thing going on."

The commission produced a variety of errors and controversial decisions, including terrible examples of refereeing from Raul Porrata, and Mario Yamasaki. The commission was also later accused of not testing Jackson's MMA fighters on the card, which was adamantly denied by the executive director.

The most talked about blunder on the card was the scoring in the Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson fight, which was scored for the hometown favourite via split decision. The worst part of that decision was that judge Jeff Collins scored the fight 30-27 for Sanchez, even though he was knocked down once in the fight, and had clearly lost at least a round in the eyes of most pundits and fans alike.

Condit witnessed each of these errors live and believes they occurred because those in charge of the commission are not "necessarily qualified" for their positions.

"There is not anybody who is necessarily qualified to be in those positions. I don't know. That is my opinion."