We don’t even get half of our picks right, and we’re paid to analyze the sport and its fighters.
According to a story from MMAFighting.com an unnamed individual won $51,547 from a $200 bet placed through Bodog.eu.
“Hitting parlays in MMA happens often but to hit every fight right on a 12-fight card in one night is unheard of, especially that the parlay included a mix of favorites and a few medium underdogs, including two controversial decisions that went in the bettor’s favor.” Bodog Sports Book Director Richard Gardner told MMAFighting.
Unheard of unless you’re a judge who has the power to do what it takes to ensure the losers are winners and the winners are losers. We’re just spitballing here, but maybe a crooked official utilized the newly approved video monitors to pipe in other footage from a previous fight for the judges to score. Who are we kidding? They probably just sucked at judging like 3/4 of the posters on Sherdog.
What’s interesting is that four of the five judges on hand Saturday night were ex or current fighters. Bill Mahood (20-7-1), Jason Darrah (0-2) and Dave Hagen (0-3) and Chris Franco (2-3) each made some questionable scoring calls. Even longtime judge and the creator of the 1/2 point scoring system Nelson “Doc” Hamilton seemed divided in some of his scores, which differed completely than some of his peers.
So what can we do to fix the problem?
How about having judges apprentice or shadow established officials for a specified number of fights after the completion of a reputable judging course? That is one of the suggestions on the table here in Ontario and I think it’s a good one considering that Saturday night proved that putting inexperienced local judges in to score a fight for the sake of keeping the work local may come at the detriment of the fighters.
Something needs to be done about the issue. Whatever it is, hopefully it happens sooner than later.
Check out the rest of the scorecards below.