Yes, I'm taking another shot at Cecil Peoples for the way he's explaining his method of scoring the fight.
Because I find it factually incorrect and incongruent with the unified MMA rules.
Why does that matter?
Because we, as avid MMA fans, watch the sport for the fights. Cecil Peoples judged the fight, therefore his correct translation has a huge bearing on the outcome of the fight. I have a big problem with someone who holds so much power in the sport and has one-third of the influence over the determination of the world champion and the best figher in the world for the weight class not being able to properly interpret and implement the judging criteria.
And this latest interview he did really pissed me off.
So if you're over the controversy, or aren't concerned with whether or not the unified MMA rules are being enforced in the biggest and most important MMA fights taking place, or you don't want to read a long article, this one might not be for you.
UFC 104 judge Cecil Peoples has released another round of commentary to MMAWeekly which details the mechanics of his thought process behind his ruling on the Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua light-heavyweight title fight.
The subject was first analyzed here in a factual comparison of Peoples’ self-stated reasoning behind his conclusions versus the official judging criteria laid out in the unified rules. I attempted to remain somewhat objective and impartial in that first venture, as I understand and respect the precarious nature of both judging a high-level MMA fight and expounding on the premise of the decision to the public. In this second interview, Peoples once again vehemently defends his unique interpretation of the official rules, and denounces anyone insinuating that he’s an unfit judge by closing with: “If you don’t like it, you can go to hell.”
Well, I don’t like it. I now also feel adequately empowered by Peoples’ professionalism and tact to lend a tad more opinion in this piece.
In the sport of mixed martial arts, there is an almighty foundation that judges must understand, adhere to, and implement correctly. This sacred doctrine can be found here under section “13:46-24A.13 Judging”. For an MMA judge, these official guidelines should represent the equivalent of The Holy Bible to a preacher, or The Constitution to law enforcement; he or she must be deeply and intimately familiar with each division and their correlating descriptions, and how to apply them accordingly, as it accounts for 100% of their responsibilities and requirements as a judge. Put frankly, it’s their job.
FULL ARTICLE AT THE GARV