Judging has been a topic of controversy in the UFC for a long time now. There have been many instances where judges have completely botched the result of the fight and have awarded the win to a fighter who did not deserve to win at all. The most recent incident being Maycee Barber’s win over Miranda Maverick the past weekend at UFC Vegas 32.
Fans and pundits alike were enraged when Maverick was robbed of a win against Maycee Barber. Although the decision was split in favor of Barber, an overwhelming majority of the MMA community believe that she did not deserve to win the fight at all. Heavyweight champion of the world Francis Ngannou shared his thoughts on the same on Twitter recently.
He said, “It’s interesting how we see injustice done to the fighters by some judges, we talk about it, and then move on from it the next day, only to get pissed off again when it happens the next time.”
The fighter has to go home unrewarded with all that frustration – and half of their money – for a job well done. Something needs to be done for these athletes getting robbed on the score cards. #justiceforfighters
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) July 26, 2021
‘The Predator’ continued, “The fighter has to go home unrewarded with all that frustration – and half of their money – for a job well done. Something needs to be done for these athletes getting robbed on the score cards. #justiceforfighters”
Should ex-fighters be judges at UFC fights?
Unlike other sports, fighters are not able to compete every weekend. Although it varies largely from person to person, on average an individual in the UFC fights an average of 3-4 times a year. Also in other sports, the income is fixed irrespective of results. However, in the UFC at least fighters get a certain amount to show and a certain amount on top of that to win.
Therefore, a wrong decision not only lays to waste 2-3 months of hard work, it also robs the athletes of a significant amount of money. Therefore, when the stakes are so high the scope for human errors should be reduced as much as possible. A good solution to that can be allowing ex-fighters to be judges and this is something fans and pundits have been rallying for a long time now.