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Old 10-05-2008, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nelson Questions Officiating

Suprised nobody brought this one up let! Roy Nelson is questioning why the ref stood the fight up in the first round when he had dominant position.

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International Fight League heavyweight champion Roy Nelson called the officiating in his match with Andrei Arlovski into question after the Belarusian stopped him with a two-punch combination in the second round. Nelson pointed to a questionable decision to stand up the fighters while he was in top position in round one.

“I thought I had dominant position, and I still had the referee telling me I needed to work,” Nelson said. “In the second round, my head wasn’t quite there. I felt like I was fighting two people. If you want to make it a boxing match, make it a boxing match. It took me out of my game.”

Arlovski’s stock continues to rise, as he moves ever closer to a possible big-money bout with Fedor Emelianenko. A winner in five straight, he has stopped his last three opponents; that list now includes Nelson, who had never been finished before.

“Roy’s a tough fighter,” Arlovski said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s heavy; he’s strong. I honestly don’t remember what I did. I just remember when the referee stopped the fight.”

Nelson wants another crack at Arlovski.

“I would like to fight Andrei again,” he said. “If we fought 10 times, I think I’d win at least half of them.”
Do you think that stand-up was questionable? If the ref left them alone do you think the outcome would have been different like Nelson getting a submission on AA? Or would AA still have won the fight regardless!
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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“I would like to fight Andrei again,” he said. “If we fought 10 times, I think I’d win at least half of them.”

I glad he said then, rather then the standard 9/10
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think Arlovski would have beaten him anyway, those knees to the body aren't going to stop the fight, but I did think the standup was a little early. He was throwing those knees regularly and I only counted three seconds from the last knee to the standup. I wonder if the boooooos from the crowd influenced the ref.
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was very impressed with Nelson's ground game. But his stand up was almost as bad as Jake Shield's. Arlovski would win again and again over Nelson.
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I really thought Roy was going to take the fight when the fight was on the ground. Obviously, that's just my opinion.

I personally think the stand-up was bad. I definitely think the crowd ended up reffing that fight. Unfortunately.
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That was a BS move. It was clear they were trying to protect Arlovski the same way they were trying to protect Kimbo when Thomson had side control and they were stood. EliteXC is corrupt and their officiating is horrible.
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That was a BS move. It was clear they were trying to protect Arlovski the same way they were trying to protect Kimbo when Thomson had side control and they were stood. EliteXC is corrupt and their officiating is horrible.
That ref is an employee of the state fight commission, not the promotion. Sometimes an early standup is just a bad judgement call, I've seen the same stuff in the UFC.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It may have been a bit early but the fact is he wasnt active on the ground at all or in the clinch for that matter. It was very apparent that Roy was looking to stifle the action and squeek out a decision and if you fight like there are gonna be resets so get over it.
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i thought it was a bad call for sure. there was a point where nelson had arlovski in a kimura, it wasnt necessarily going anywhere, but he at least had the hold in; and the ref was saying to him "improve your position, improve your position". i was like wtf, how much better can you get, other than actually cranking the kimura right around.
i thought some of the refs seemed a bit inexperienced tonight, id actually never heard of any of them either which doesnt happen often with larger promotions.
i still think AA wins even if they didnt stand it up, he was keeping his composure, and he's been in worse situations on the ground and gotten out....
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree that they shouldn't have been stood up right then, but I don't think it would have changed the outcome of the fight.
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