Did the best job he could of ruining UFN 17 for me. I don't just mean because one of my picks lost, but as a fan of the sport it's hard to tune in and see terrible calls so frequently that you actually expect them to happen on every single card. Troy is the latest in a long string of officiators who just don't seem to know what the hell they're doing. Luckily for the fighters, they didn't leave the judges with very much judging to do, because they would surely have been equally incompetent.
I'm talking specifically about the Veach vs Grice stoppage. I would love for someone to make 2 gifs, one of Veach when he got rocked, and another of Grice when the fight was stopped so that everyone can see them side by side for maximum effect. The situation started out the same for both fighters, they got rocked on the feet and fell to the ground. When Veach dropped, Grice postured up and rained down approximately 15 huge haymakers that landed flush on Veach's face while his hands were nowhere close to his face... Fastforward to Grice getting dropped and watch how Veach follows up. He starts throwing hammerfists while Grice covers his head and swivels his upper body to dodge and block. Veach lands about 3-4 hammerfists on Grice's CHEST and SHOULDERS, followed by ONE clean punch snuck between Grice's arms and Waugh calls the fight with something like 30 seconds left in the round.
I've never seen such inconsistant reffing in my life. Both guys are in the same situation, rocked but not out, one of them proceeds to get punched repeatedly in the face with very hard shots, making little effort to block them while another one covers up, eats some weak hammerfists to the chest and the fight is called instantly.
The refs and judges are ruining the sport. I can't tune in and watch fights without expecting someone to get completely screwed over. It happens every. single. card. Either a bad decision, an unwarranted split decision, a bad stoppage, a bad standup, even just a plain old bad call (eyepoke TKO victory anyone?) It's so bad, I'm getting to a point where I don't even want to watch it anymore. I can't take any more of these guys ruining my favourite sport and screwing with fighters' livelihoods and health.
I'm furious that this has gone on so long and no one does anything about it. No one even tries to do anything about it, it's unacceptable. MMA is not boxing, nor is it kickboxing. MMA should not have boxing's judges, refs, and scoring systems. There needs to be judges and refs trained in MMA. I'm going to stop paying for UFC payperviews pretty soon. These guys need to get **** canned, something needs to change, I'm not going to continue paying to see refs and judges repeatedly making terrible decisions and drastically decreasing the quality of the cards. (I realize this event was free, but most are not and it happens on every payperview as well)