Dana White heralded the New Jersey State Athletic Commission at the UFC 150 Press Conference last week and UFC on FX 4 showed why.
Both the judges and referees were on their game.
Referee Gasper Oliver made a great stoppage in the Brown vs. Ramos fight, the commission doctor made the unpopular but correct call in the Camozzi vs. Catone bout and judges nailed the Lamas vs. Hioki decision.
While some may disagree with the Catone stoppage, the cut was in a bad place and a licensed doctor made the call. Fighter safety is not to be booed or taken lightly. As much as we want a fight to continue, sometimes the hard call is the right call.
The good decision making was not limited to the preliminary card. In a tight battle between Ebersole and Waldburger, the judges came away with the right call there as well.
And then came the main event. While we have seen other commissions be deceived by movement without offense, two of the three New Jersey judges delivered the correct scores to award Gray Maynard the split decision.
Bad calls will be made from time to time, but it is rare that we see an event where we applaud the overall job of the athletic commission. Fighters never want to leave it in the hands of the judges, but this time the scorers were competent.
New Jersey did the sport proud tonight.