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Some Dude Hit a $50,000 12-Fight UFC 131 Parlay…And in Other News, Vancouver MMA Judge Seen Driving New $50,000 Lexus Off the Lot Today

Okay, we made that last part up, but doesn’t it seem kind of odd that someone randomly picked all of the winners in a 12-fight parlay from a card that was steeped in controversial judges’ scoring?

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 an unnamed individual won $51,547 from a $200 bet placed through

“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.

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myaeger- June 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm
How did u come up with those odds. The way I look at it is for every dollar u bet your wininng about $256. You do the math and that's what my $5 parlay breaks down to from I can last remeber after doing the math. The way I looked at it was my odds of winning were 256 to 1. I'm probly wrong I'n thinking that but I do make great picks. Luck and bad judging helped on this one. I did hit a parlay on the whole card for UFC 128
rpn452- June 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm
It doesn't seem like it would be an uncommon situation. With a random combination of picks on a twelve fight card, the odds of getting all twelve correct are 1 in 4096. It's really not that unusual for someone with a bit of MMA knowledge to pick most of them right and get lucky on the others to win it.

I unofficially got 10 out of 12 picks right on that one, with the only failures being guys that I thought would likely win but that I wanted to see lose: Florian and Ring. Officially, I got 9 out of 12, but that Omigawa decision was BS.
pussy- June 14, 2011 at 8:26 am
Haters gonna hate. Anything can happen, just like not picking any of the fights correctly. CP=Foo+Poo x (crap/spew)
myaeger- June 14, 2011 at 1:00 am
i hit this same parlay but only had $5 on it, won $1288. if i knew how to put a pic up i would follow me @yaeger66 on twitter as i will post my parlays for the upcoming events
boober- June 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm
So is this a joke article?
If it is then, weird.
If it isnt then I think there is a little bit of tinfoil hat stuff going on, que?
Kimbos Bread- June 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Actually, I misspelled "cue". It was a typo. You know, a spelling mistake that us "normal" people often make.

But thanks for the grammar lesson. And I agree with the Bas Rutten thing.

Ps: you sound like ex.
Redping- June 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm
something very unexpected surprise!

I don't really have anything to contribute, I only posted to correct Kimbo's_Bread because I've repeatedly seen him say 'que' which is mexican for 'what', not english for choreograph. say queue. I know how much of a tool I sound like for correcting english but it's one of those days on CP where their articles are too unfunny to comment on. I agree with just letting Bas decide everything, or going back to when Bas Rutten won from the bottom against Randleman, with Dan Marigliotta (sp?) as one of the judges
jielundd- June 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm
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Gladheateher- June 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm
So the guy who layed down $200 to win a $50,000 parlay bought officials? Wow, solid reporting. Im sure thats what happened here.
Imagine that 1000's of people bet and somebody won! Must be a fix!
Sho Nuff- June 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm
People misapply probability painfully often by looking at it, as Tater does here, from the wrong side. Yes, it's a long shot when one dude hits a 12 bet parlay. It's not a long shot when thousands of gamblers bet thousands of high number parlays and a few come in now and again. That's what should happen.

It's a long shot for you to be dealt a straight flush in poker. It's inevitable from the poker room's perspective that someone will, and at about the proper rate (once every 65,000 hands or so). And since a poker room deals thousands of hands a day, they seem straight flushes all the time. Perspective matters a lot.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm
@Pen Fifteen

That shit made me laugh so hard.
tjbaron- June 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Just get Dana White to judge!
El Guapo- June 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm
^ I'm listening..
Kimbos Bread- June 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm
@ El Guapo

And me ex-wifey.
budsellers- June 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm
in the cp forums, we have a fight picking league and 4 of us picked at least 10 out of 12 winners... angry little feet picked all 12.
El Guapo- June 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm
Anybody can be corrupted for the right price. Judges, cops, judges, robbers, judges, politicians, judges, the cable guy. Judges, too.
DesolationUSA- June 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm
It's not that strange....I picked all the winners in ufc 129. I even picked 3 of the fights rounds and finishing methods correctly. They make it seem like its some magic feat. This article is pointless.
Kimbos Bread- June 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Kimbos Bread- June 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Que the Matlock intro theme.
Kid Clam Curtains- June 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm
I have an Arizona State Boxing and MMA Commission License application on my desk right now. As long as you're a US citizen, have no felonies, and can sign your name, you too can be a judge. Oh and $25. Shit.
danomite- June 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm
all three judges gave nick ring a 10-8 in rd. 2. i watched it on youtube but I dont remember it being that dominant. And nelson hamilton also judged the carwin fight and only gave JDS a 10-9 in the first round. I'd have to go back and watch it again but I don't think Nick Ring put a man sized asswhippin on his guy the way Dos Santos did to Carwin.
noizy- June 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Good, old fashioned, luck. Good for him.
RSparrow- June 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Bas Rutten should judge every fight.
DangadaDang- June 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm
What the fuck IS with Sherdog's scores? It's like they have one guy for each fight whose only task is to pick the opposite fighter than the other two. Has UNICEF found its way over there?
Stinkfurt- June 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Cage potato is trying waaaay too hard right now. For like the past three days you've been pumping out shit articles like it was trendy. Stop trying to be like Spike TV, your original programming is lame and makes me hate you.