Joe Rogan and Keith Kizer are still at it following last Saturday’s tirade by Joe Rogan against NSAC Director Keith Kizer after what Rogan called ‘poor judging’ in the Phan-Garcia match at TUF 12 finale event. Keith Kizer than put out a statement of his own.
Joe Rogan has released the following statement:
“We all know that there’s a big problem with judging in MMA, and we all know that Kizer is pretending that there’s nothing wrong with having a bunch of people with no martial arts training and no understanding of the sport judging it on a professional level.
There’s only one way for me to bring the maximum attention to this issue; and that’s to voice my opinion on air during a live Television show where I know that millions of people are going to listen to it.
I understand that this upset him, but he’s had plenty of time to correct all of these judging issues, and yet he denies there’s a real problem and continues to employ people to judge important fights that are ignorant of many of the details of Mixed Martial Arts.
I also found it quite hilarious that he denies that the NSAC is 100% to blame for this judging situation and even brought up that we’re taking NSAC appointed judges to Canada.
The NSAC for all it’s flaws is the most important ruling body in combat sports. To bring judges that aren’t appointed and approved by the NSAC would open up a whole new can of worms. The question would also come up as to who appoints those other judges?
What is the UFC’s relationship with them?
Kizer is a politician, and one of the biggest issues with him is that he’s not willing to admit that he’s not done the best job possible with the best intentions of the sport and it’s participants in mind. This calculated denial of a problem is the reason why these same judges are turning in bad decisions over and over again. In order for him to correct the problem he’s going to have to admit that he’s been wrong in employing these people, and he’s not willing to do that.
Mixed Martial Arts is a far more complicated sport than boxing, and in order for someone to be educated in the subtle details that are playing out in a fight they have to have some martial arts experience themselves. There are PLENTY of fans out there that would do a far better job than these people that he’s got working for him that have been grandfathered in from the boxing community. To judge MMA on the highest level is a huge honor and responsibility, and should be bestowed upon people that appreciate that honor and appreciate and understand every single aspect of the sport. Anything less than that is an insult to these great athletes that are dedicating their lives to compete in the toughest sport in the world, and an insult to the fans that have to be disappointed with one terrible decision after the next.
Thankfully we live in a time where the fans have an option to get their opinions out there.
I’ve seen all the positive support online, and I urge you guys to keep it up. Please keep up the emails, and keep up the blog posts. The only way this thing is going to change is if the people in charge feel like they have to do something about it to keep their jobs intact.”
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