Originally Posted by Toxic
I am not saying all fighters would be horrible judges. I just think the fact that they were fighters is rather irrelevant as far as there ability to be fair and accurate. Call me crazy but honestly I find it difficult to believe a guy like Almedia or Maia despite having the best of intentions could be unbiased. These guys have dedicated there lives becoming experts in one aspect of MMA and you don't do that without having a great deal of respect and adoration for that art form. With the knowledge of that respect and adoration its hard to believe that on some level that is not gonna effect there ability to be fair. Its human nature to be bias. Fighters would have a better understanding of what is happening but that doesn't mean it will be better just different.
There's always gonna be a bit of BIAS, but i don't think a fighter turned judge would compromise himself, by giving bad decisions, just because he practiced a certain form of Martial Arts.
It would be to obvious.
I believe we must see how fighters turned judges will handle themselves in this new position, before we can *judge* their ability to score a fight the right way.
I ould like to see the likes of Bas Rutten or Pat Miletich become judges also.