UFC Color commentator Joe Rogan spoke with Bloodyelbow.com this week and judging in MMA was one of the hotter to be discussed. Rogan gave his thoughts on the judges in the sport and also explained what he feels the process for becoming a judge should be.
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"I think they should fire judges that suck. I don_t understand how someone can keep their job over and over again while screwing up over and over. What do you call that exactly? Extreme incompetence. How does someone judge any sort of combat sport without at least a passing interest in the sport? If you pulled aside, and I don_t want to name any names, but if you pulled aside some of those judges from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, that has notoriously had horrific scoring, and started asking them about fighters that aren_t fighting in the UFC, would they know anything about them? Would they know anything about who the top judo guy is? Would they even know anything about Gilbert Melendez and how good he is? Do these guys know how you set up an armbar? If I sat them down and said, _Do an armbar on this guy_, would they be able to do that? I think you_ve got to know when a guy_s in trouble and when a guy_s not in trouble, and the only way to know that, is to have actually trained. I don_t think you can be a person who judges martial arts without being an expert in martial arts."
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