In the aftermath of the UFC Vegas 74 main event, Israel Adesanya, the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion, has come out swinging in defense of his teammate Kai Kara-France.
The fight, which pitted Kara-France against Amir Albazi, ended in a highly controversial decision that left many fans and pundits scratching their heads.
Two out of the three judges scored the fight in favor of Albazi, a decision that most fight fans felt was unjust. Adesanya wasted no time in expressing his frustration, taking to Twitter to voice his opinion and propose a potential solution to the ongoing issue of judging in combat sports.
"The Last Stylebender" didn't hold back in his criticism, specifically targeting judges Chris Lee and Sal D'Amato, both of whom scored the fight 48-47 in favor of Albazi. Adesanya called for MMA judges to be put on the spot and interviewed after fights, aiming to shed light on their decision-making process and hold them accountable for their scoring.
Controversial judging has been a persistent issue in combat sports, with frequent debates surrounding the accuracy and fairness of judges' decisions. Athletes, fight fans, and promoters have all called for a resolution to this problem, as it continues to mar the reputation of the sport. The UFC, known for its high volume of events, often finds itself in the crosshairs of such controversies.
While athletic commissions have traditionally stood behind their judges, Adesanya's vocal criticism may contribute to a shift in the landscape. By calling for transparency and accountability, the champion is pushing for a system that ensures judges are held to a higher standard and are answerable for their scoring.
As the sport continues to grow, and the UFC remains at the forefront of mixed martial arts, the need for reliable and consistent judging becomes increasingly vital. Adesanya's demand for post-fight interviews with judges could provide a platform for valuable insights and an opportunity to address concerns, ultimately working toward fairer outcomes and restoring faith in the scoring process.