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Judging in the sport is still spotty at best; I will concede that point. But there are two issues with fans that I will focus on for this slide.
First, the fans who fly off the handle at the end of any close decision yelling, “robbery.”
The ideal example is the first bout between Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua. This was a closely contested fight that saw Machida come away with a narrow decision. That is not a robbery regardless if you thought Shogun won the fight or not. It was a close fight that could have went either way.
A robbery, if you want an example, would be Chase Bebee vs. Mike Easton in Virginia. That is a shining example, not Machida vs. Shogun.
I know that we can all be prisoners of the moment, and that is likely the case for most of the outrages from fans, but please try to settle down out there.
The second issue I have is with fans who just do not get how judging works. I trust that the loyal B/R contingent of readers are not these asinine fans who may say something like, “I can't believe that was a unanimous decision. It should have at least been a split.”
If you have uttered that statement before, please realize it makes no sense. You are saying you are encouraging a judge to deliberately score for the other fighter as a gesture of goodwill for being competitive. That is just plain stupid.
Three judges score the bout from three separate spots around the cage with no interaction with one another. They are not going to huddle up and decide to change their scorecard because it was close.
That is just one example, but I am sure other B/R readers have been in a group watching and hearing mind-numbing thoughts from others as well.
These behaviors about judging will never go away entirely, but I hope we can restrain ourselves from acting rashly before thinking. Educate your friends, please, I implore you.