If you woke up at 8AM to watch UFC Macau, you probably noticed the endless stream of stand ups by refs Marc Goddard and Steve Perceval – one which came when a fighter was in side control with his opponent’s arm trapped. It was pure bullshit, but what are ya gonna do about it? Fortunately, there are some fighters out there unwilling to take all this standing up laying down:
Vinicius Queiroz’s manager thinks the referee may have contributed to the fighter’s loss to Alexander Volkov at this past Friday’s Bellator 80. An email protesting the officiating today was forwarded to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
“[Referee James] Warring could have contributed to [and] altered the result of the fight after he ordered the fighters to rise up with [after] only 15 seconds [on the ground] … in a moment that was favorable for Vincius,” manager Josef Borges wrote to the Florida State Boxing Commission, which oversaw the event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Volkov’s punches dropped Queiroz on multiple occasions before he stopped him with a flurry at the 4:59 mark of the second round. The fight aired on MTV2. Queiroz got a takedown in the first round, but was quickly warned by Warring for using his head to pressure Volkov into releasing his arms. Just prior to the stoppage, he earned another takedown, but was stood up by the referee with little time to improve his position.
Borges did not say he would appeal the bout’s result. The FSBC, which is overseen by the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, was unavailable for comment at the time of this writing. Bellator officials also were unavailable.
“I would like you to register my protest and I hope that Mr. James Warring will update [his] knowledge of the rules of MMA,” Borges wrote.
I’ve always thought the best way to deal with shitty refs and judges (other than having them actually held accountable by their commissions, lol) was to create some kind of suckage paper trail. Ref almost lets an unconscious fighter get choked for an additional minute? Watches a fighter take 10 more blows than necessary? One reported incident might not result in any changes but what about three or four or five?
Shitty refs are shitty because they can’t help but shit everything up. If we pick up every turd and mail them all to a commission, maybe they’ll be forced to take action? Maybe possibly?