Forrest Griffin Says ‘Biased’ Ex-Fighters Should Not Be Judges

December 3, 2013 7:43 am by Derek Langhorn

Judging has always been a major problem in MMA, and many in the community have called for ex-fighters to be judges, as they have competed in the sport, and know how fights should be judged.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, on the other hand, thinks it is a bad idea.

Griffin Spoke to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, and said “No, they [ex-fighters] shouldn’t [judge fights], because they’re biased towards the way they fought,” Griffin said. “I’d be biased towards more active guys that maybe didn’t have a lot of power, because I never had a lot of power.

“You have those main biases that you cannot strip away,” Griffin said. “I don’t care who you are. Me and Matt Hughes are not going to see eye-to-eye if a kickboxer fights a wrestler.”

Although many people seem to believe MMA judges know little about the sport, Griffin said that isn’t true.

“I just got to know [some judges] recently, and they watch tapes. They’ve seen every fight,” he said. “They’ve seen as many fights as you, and more fights than me. So that’s how you learn. You learn just by watching. You don’t have to do it.”

On how the judging can be fixed, Griffin, in his typical fashion, had a humorous response.

“Here’s the deal, I’ll judge the fights. I’ll judge all the fights,” he said. “Here’s what we’re going to do: I’m going to take a video home, I’m going to study it… but I’m not going to tell you who the champion is until Sunday morning.”

“I’m going to have to go home with a couple pots of coffee and watch the fight a couple times, and then I’ll tell you who actually won,” he added. “You’ll get up [Sunday morning], it’ll be like Christmas presents. It’ll be like you can’t wait for Santa.”

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