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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 08:45 PM
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I think Maia would score it very realistically because he's an intelligent, fair person. I think Rutten would be a great judge as well. But crazies who happened to be ex-fighters would definitely not make good judges.
Bas would make an excellent judge. He can't be bought and he won't have any favoritism. Imagine Almeida judging a Frankie or Renzo fight. That might even be worse than fighting your own training partners. Imagine your own student or friend losing a closely contested bout by one point split decision. So goes the debate.

For the most part I'm all for it as long as they keep the integrity of the sport. No one sided judging.
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Glad to see this, he seems like a smart guy and I think this is the first key to erasing these "bad" decisions in MMA, getting guys who know and can appreciate ALL aspects of MMA in there.

Like someone said above, Bas Rutten would be an awesome judge, I also think guys like Frank Trigg would be good judges.
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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.



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Honestly most MMA judges are martial arts practioners/enthusiasts with their own level of bias, so I don't think the bias arguments have any real merit. We already see bias and ignorance. Fighters like Almeida as judges will at least move past the ignorance.
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