Image source: Texas Department of Licensure and Regulation
Unfortunately, the issue around judging and scoring once again became the focal point of conversation at UFC 247 this weekend.
There were many questionable decisions on the fight card throughout the night that had fans and media criticising some of the scorecards that were read out. The main judge that came under criticism was Joe Solis, firstly, Solis came under criticism after awarding all three rounds to Andre Ewell against Jonathan Martinez despite clearly losing the final round.
Next Solis also awarded the first round to Trevin Giles against James Krause even though Krause had a rear-naked choke nearly locked in and spent a significant amount of time in an extremely dominant position. Finally, Soliz scored the main event 49-46 in favour of Jon Jones only awarding Dominick Reyes one round in the fight.
The Texas Department of Licensure and Regulation have now responded to these claims in a statement provided to MMA Junkie. A commission spokesperson stated that they applaud the passion of everyone that gets involved and they do take the UFC recommendations into consideration when choosing event officials.
“As in all athletic events, athletes, teams, judges, fans and media representatives can – and often do – have differing opinions about what happened in a combative sports match. TDLR applauds the passion everyone is exhibiting about this sport. Comments have been made about the selection of the judges and the referees. In selecting ringside officials, TDLR takes into consideration recommendations made by UFC. As with all events, TDLR works closely with UFC and other promoters to ensure the quality and experience of referees and judges to protect the health and safety of the fighters.”
Joe Rogan, Jon Anik & Dominick Cruz also put the judges on blast during the broadcast announcing that one of the judges wasn’t even watching the bout during the Lauren Murphy vs Angela Lee fight. The spokesperson continued by responding to Rogan’s claims that a particular judge wasn’t actually watching the bout by saying that floor monitors have been integrated to help the judges.
“Claims have been made that a judge was not paying attention to the fight and was looking down at the floor. One of the advances that UFC has made in the past several years has been to provide small video monitors below the floor level of the octagon for each judge to more closely monitor matches.”