Joe Rogan on the state of Mixed Martial Arts judging

UFC commentator, Joe Rogan gives his thoughts on the controversial judging in mixed martial arts, saying “There are a lot of really intelligent people who are mixed martial arts fans who would love those jobs and would do a much better job at it.”

Rogan, speaking via Sports Illustrated, said:

“I think one really important thing we need is monitors…there are certain positions the judges are in where they can’t see what’s going on. It happens all the time with us too, where a camera man will be in front of me or a referee will be in front of me, and I can’t see what’s happening, so I have to look at the monitors, and if I didn’t have those monitors and I had to judge the fight just based on what I saw, you know, there’s going to be some stuff I miss.”

“That’s why there’s 3 judges, so one guy can fuck it up and the other 2 can get it right? That doesn’t even make any sense. Like, how about giving them some monitors. Why not just give them monitors? Give them monitors like we have monitors.

“We have a huge problem with the boxing people…people with no martial arts experience or people with no grappling experience. There are some people who have never been kicked in the legs going around saying stupid things like ‘leg kicks don’t win fights,’ you know, or ‘leg kicks don’t stop fights’ and these guys are actually judges for MMA events, and that’s a ridiculous statement, and this is coming from someone who is a professional judge who has judged some huge events, gigantic championship fights.”

“There are a lot of really intelligent people who are mixed martial arts fans who would love those jobs and would do a much better job at it. We have these people who are grandfathered in…they’ve been involved in boxing, others have been involved with Karate…it’s difficult to get rid of them…They’re like government jobs. You have to really screw up or be involved with a scandal [to get fired].”

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