Retired fighter Chris Leben to make Nevada judging debut Saturday - Raimondi
We knew that it would take time for veterans to transition into judging. But I havent heard of any doing it on the UFC before. Excited to see where his head is at and if this becomes the first of many.
All you would see and hear is that judging sucks, it was a bunch of boxing judges and they dont know what they were watching.
The most common thought was it would take years to fix and hopefully retired fighters would take it up since they understand the aspects of the game and the level of importance of these aspects in any given round.
We are finally at a point where a it can happen and some of the consensus has changed?
I get the bias comment, but I feel that is an avoidable situation…
This is a really good point and an even better conversation starter.
Is bias unavoidable, is fair judging achievable? If so, I wonder if the best we can do is to have some control over the bias, and that’s the fairness we should be aiming for? For example, what if we let the fighters pick mutually agreed upon judges and then agree to respect their decision? I think this would be a huge improvement over both the current judging, and the idea of random ex-fighter judges.
Great that he’s healthy and staying involved. You can still have a lot of bad decisions with fighters as judges though. For instance, on the ref side, Marc Goddard tends to stand fights up faster than most - which is unsurprising from an ex fighter from the UK. A guy like Leben might favor fighters with similar styles to his own if fights are remotely close. Not that he definitely would but it’s a factor.