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The OAC are the smartist peeplles in the sports

For those of you who didn’t know, the essence of journalism is to report facts and to present a specific angle. That’s why you can have several different newspapers in one area reporting the same thing but coming to different conclusions. MMA’journalism’ is no different … we’re all working with the same facts, but we all put our own spin on things.

Kevin Iole covers the “Dana’s hairy balls in my mouth” angle. That fat fuck Goldman covers the “I hate the UFC because I’m a fat fuck” angle. I take care of the “I have chronic pain from a leg injury so I’m mean to everyone” angle. Wait … is that me, or House? That show rocks. I totally have an addiction to medical shows. Or do I have an addiction to Vicodin? Yeah … Vicodin. It’s yummy in my tummy.

Anyways, there are good angles, and there are dumb angles. Today we’re gonna look at a good article with a dumb angle: Gregg Doyel’s peice on how fucking dumb judges are. He breaks down the Keystone Kops sideshow that was scoring at UFC 77 and how the judges miscounted points, mispelled fighter names, and awarded the Bonnar/Schafer fight to Schafer dispite the small fact that Schafer kinda ended the fight face down in a pool of his own blood. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but you get the point.

Now, I’m all on board for handing out some harsh criticism to the people responsible, but Gregg decided to pass the buck on the athletic commission responsible and target Dana White on this one. Fuck, am I ever sick of that. Let’s get something clear : there’s more than enough issues to blame on Dana White that are actually his doing. We don’t have to go around giving him shit for the stuff that’s obviously other people’s fault.

About the only thing I can fault Dana White for in this case is that he doesn’t call these morons out for being … well, for being morons. But this isn’t a case where Dana’s in a great position of power. He doesn’t control the salaries of the guys running the athletic commission. And while I’m sure the Ohio AC enjoys making the money they do off of UFC events, it’s not like they’re getting paid more because of it. So Dana taking the commission to task is a bit of a dangerous proposition … athletic commissions can make life a living fucking hell if they want to, and since Dana’s gonna be back in Ohio in March, it makes sense not to call the OAC a bunch of can’t count third grade flunkies.

On the other hand, there’s no reason Gregg can’t place the blame solely where it belongs. In fact, it makes much more sense for Gregg as an journalist to blow the whistle on this kind of ineptitude and demand something is done. The athletic commission controls the show, they are above the promoter in terms of power. But Gregg is an independant party who can do what he wants without fear of reprisals.

So tell me, Gregg? Why are you pissing all over Dana White when you’re in a much better position to effect change and embarass the OAC than Dana? And what the fuck’s up with that second G at the end of your name? Because if Gregg is short for Gregory then it should be Greg with one g. Stop trying to make yourself better than everyone else with all those fancy extra letters and consonants, buddy.

  • Atom says:

    “Stop trying to make yourself better than everyone else with all those fancy extra letters and consonants, buddy.”

    Thought you were cool with Dann Stupp @ junkie.


  • And then I performed a shooting star press on him, because I’m agile like that

  • jd says:

    What about the extra N in Dann?

  • I don’t see what the big deal is with the Grice/Black scoring. I mean…Grice won the fight pretty clearly in my eyes. Sometimes scoring gets added wrong, as a boxing writer in addition to MMA I’ve seen it probably about 25 times. Sometimes shit gets added up wrong.

    Do I care that one judge thought Petz was Perez? Not really…I mean…I’d rather have a judge coming in with clear eyes rather than thinking “oh goodie! It’s Forrest Petz” and then scoring a fight based on what he knows about a fighter. In a judges mind the fighters shouldn’t even have names for any reason but to know who to write which score next to.

    “one judge thought victorious middleweight Yushin Okami’s name was Okami Yushin.” Well…at least that would be the respectful way of saying his full name if they were in Japan. Don’t think that one really hurt anyone.

  • Mike_N says:

    This seems to be a little more of a systematic problem than anything else. As MMA becomes more and more established–or rather, as more and more people notice the really bad gaffes–the promotions should be a little better at weeding out people who don’t know what they’re doing and finding more knowledgeable judges with an MMA background.

    We’re seeing this a little more in the regional promotions, some of whom are refusing to hire judges who have no Muay Thai, sub grappling, or jiu-jitsu experience.

  • Cyrus says:

    I gotta agree with fightlinker here. It’s definitely a decent article, brings up an interesting and sad point, but misdirects blame. Sure, maybe Dana White (as a big investor in MMA) should pressure for less dumb ass judges and procedure, but there’s lots of states, lots of commissions, and he’s not (don’t tell him) god. He can’t control all of that. But yeah, it’s sad that it’s going on. And pathetic. And, potentially mildly corrupt. I don’t like the concept of judges amending decisions after responding to the crowd.

  • intenso says:

    ANY sport that is JUDGED has controversy. From boxing to figure skating.

  • nem0 says:

    Cyrus: If the scoring was wrong, or they fucked up, why shouldn’t they amend it right away? They weren’t responding to the crowd because the crowd was bitching about a legit score, they were responding because the crowd made them take a second look at their fuckup.

    The commissions should take this shit seriously, especially when it’s on PPV for millions to see. (Okay, so Grice/Black was on a dark match, but whatever.) Fucking up scores is something that happens at a high school wrestling match when the score keepers are high on paint fumes and skunky beer, not something that happens at a professional event. They should be embarrassed. And if they’re embarrassed, they should do something to prevent getting embarrassed next time around.

    Fightlinker: Vicodin is tasty, but codeine is better. Don’t you Canadian bastards get that shit in over-the-counter cough meds? Man, I wish I lived in Canada.

  • Nemo – yeah you can get super migrane pills with codeine in them, and the dimetap that makes you high. I prefer to drink energy drinks though … they fuck me up worse. On a side note, I stalked through all yer websites. It’s strange that I’ve now seen your uterus.

  • godzillad says:

    Why a Shooting Star? Why not a Spiral Tap? Actually, I think it’s state law that it can’t be done more than twice per decade.

  • nem0 says:

    Fightlinker: Haha, aren’t those photos awesome? I wish I could’ve gotten video, too. It’d be like that Miracle of Life shit they show in biology class gone horribly wrong.

  • Xavier says:

    Dana should beat up the government, because the government never fights back.

    The “state” of MMA “journalism” is nearly as bad as the state of well, “journalism” in general. Most of these bloggers and writers don’t have a fuckin’ brain in their head.

  • Asa says:

    Godzillad wrote:

    Why not a Spiral Tap?

    Maybe cause he’s not a fahgetty hick. Its Code Red or the Phoenix, bitch.

    East Si-HI-ide.

  • Accomando says:

    “…That fat fuck Goldman covers the “I hate the UFC because I’m a fat fuck” angle…”

    Fucking fat fuck angle.

  • intenso says:

    pulling obscure indy names of wrestling moves out of your ass on a blog about mma = t3h new hotness.