Galvao Granted Bellator Tourney Spot Following Questionable Loss
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
For those of us still tuning in to Bellator Fighting Championships every weekend on MTV2, last Saturday showcased a fantastic fight card that culminated in one of the worst decisions in recent memory.
In the Bellator 41 main event, reigning 145 pound champion Joe Warren tested the waters of 135 pounds in a non-title affair. For three rounds the champion battled with WEC veteran, Marcos Galvao; for at least 10 of 15 minutes, Warren found himself on the losing end of just about every exchange and failing nearly every takedown attempt.
Galvao unleashed solid punishment in the first round, at one point forcing Warren to turtle and absorb some heavy punches. The second round however, was even more convincingly decisive for Galvao, who landed multiple mind numbing knees to the face of Warren, who charged in recklessly.
Warren offered virtually no effective offense for the first two rounds, yet the judges (who must have all taken a much-needed bathroom break during the fight) all rewarded him the unanimous decision victory (one judge had the audacity to proclaim the fight a clean three round sweep for Warren). The decision was met with a hailstorm of boos from a crowd who’d been insulted by disturbingly incapable judges.
However, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was wise enough to acknowledge the travesty, and has now confirmed that Galvao has a guaranteed slot in the next 135 pound tournament. He’s also seemingly aware of how ludicrous the fight’s final judgment was.
"The commissions and judges that oversee our events are appointed by the state or by the tribal nation that we work with," stated Rebney. "We don't control them. Sometimes they do an amazing job, and sometimes they don't. But they're human beings, and our sport remains comparatively new when you compare it to boxing and other combat sports."
Human beings or not, judges Henry Gueary, Brooks Mason and Chuck Wolf are not fit to score mixed martial arts fights, of that they proved - without question - on April 16th, 2011.