The Worst Judges in MMA History

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIMarch 11, 2012

The Worst Judges in MMA History

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    One of the most criticized issues in MMA is judging. 

    Although judges have a set list that they should base their decision on, there are times when we're left trying to figure out which fight they really saw. 

    The judging system itself can be flawed at times, but sometimes judges seem to lack common sense. 

    Here's a look at some of the worst judges and judging moments in MMA history. 

The Judges During Rampage Jackson vs. Ninja Rua at Pride 29

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    Before Quinton "Rampage" Jackson met Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, he faced his older brother Murilo at Pride 29. 

    Although some may see the fight as close, Murilo landed more significant shots and landed some important takedowns in the fight. 

    Despite this though, two of the judges gave the fight to Jackson. 

    Jackson himself knew the decision was wrong and tried to give his trophy to Rua.

Nelson "Doc" Hamilton

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    Nelson "Doc" Hamilton has judged more decisions than just about anybody else in MMA. 

    Hamilton has had his fair share of good decisions and has even spoken out about changing the current scoring system. 

    That being said, he has also had his share of bad decisions. 

    Hamilton doesn't make this list for his full body of work, but rather, for two of his worst mistakes. 

    One involved Leonard Garcia, who somehow defeated "the Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at WEC 48.

    The other was the first meeting between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. 

Tony Weeks

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    Tony Weeks is one of the most experienced judges in MMA. The boxing ref has been judging MMA since 2001. 

    While he has gotten it right most of the time, he has also had his fair share of slip-ups. One of the biggest came when Leonard Garcia defeated Nam Phan. 

Adalaide Byrd

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    Adalaide Byrd has been criticized for both her boxing and MMA judging. 

    Byrd has been judging MMA since 2006, but she has made many questionable calls.

    One of her most questionable judging displays came in 2010 when she gave Lenard Garcia the decision over Nan Phan at The Ultimate Fighter 12 finale. 

Cecil Peoples

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    Let me be the first to say Cecil Peoples gets more hate than just about all other judges combined.

    Peoples has been apart of some of the worst decisions in MMA history and is also often the one judge that stands out from the other judges without making a clear-cut decision. 

    Two of the biggest fights Peoples screwed up were Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua 1 and Matt Hammil vs. Michael Bisping. 

    It would be one thing if Peoples had no experience at all. But the man is one of the most experienced judges in MMA history. 

    He's even been a ref and still manages to get calls wrong.