Cole Miller scored a big win at UFC Fight Night 30 last weekend, as the American Top Team featherweight worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Andy Ogle. Since Miller had lost three of his last four fights heading into the October 26th scrap, a defeat may have ended the fighter’s UFC run, which dates way back to 2007.
While Miller doesn’t contest the fact that his job may have been on the line versus Ogle, he doesn’t believe he’s 2-2 in his last four bouts. The reason being that Miller doesn’t think the judges got it right when he was handed a split decision loss versus Nam Pham, or more recently at UFC FN 26 when he lost by UD to Manny Gamburyan (which many folks believe should have been stopped in Miller’s favor to begin with after round one).
Thus, this is why Miller blasted judges in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan last Saturday, and why “Magrinho” made the following comments while appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” (comments via MMA Fighting.com).
“I knew I had to win,” Miller said. “I’ve kind of been up and down, but I’ve only been up and down because of what some 50 and 60-year-old judges have said about my fights. If you actually went back and looked at them, as far as I’m concerned, this is four wins in a row.”
“They’re not even qualified to be making the calls they’re making,” Miller added while referring to judges. “That’s kind of disgusting and that’s really unfortunate in our sport, because it changes the whole landscape of our sport. When you have unqualified people judging mixed martial arts, it changes the way that mixed martial arts is actually fought, because fighters are now adjusting their styles to please people that don’t know anything about our sport.”
“I love this sport,” Miller continued. “I really do. And I want to see it make progress. I don’t want to see it regress. With the judging in mixed martial arts, and how coaches are coaching the fighters, and how fighters are manipulating and molding their styles to please people that know nothing about MMA, it makes the sport regress.”
It’s certainly not the first time a fighter has fired away at the status-quo in terms of judging, and even if you don’t believe it’s as dire as Miller says, improvements need to be made. Particularly in situations where, as Miller alluded to, fighters are given rounds for just maintaining the top position rather than inflicting damage.
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