UFC featherweight Cole Miller has a bone to pick with MMA judges. Prior to his win over Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 30 last weekend, Miller had dropped three of his last four, all by decision.
Miller believes that the judges that gave his opponent Nam Phan a split decision last year, as well as the unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Manvel Gamburyan in August, did not know how to judge an MMA bout.
“I’ve kind of been up and down, but I’ve only been up and down because of what some 50 and 60-year-old judges have said about my fights,” Miller said on The MMA Hour. “If you actually went back and looked at them, as far as I’m concerned, this is four wins in a row.”
“They’re not even qualified to be making the calls they’re making,” Miller added. “That’s kind of disgusting and that’s really unfortunate in our sport, because it changes the whole landscape of our sport. When you have unqualified people judging mixed martial arts, it changes the way that mixed martial arts is actually fought, because fighters are now adjusting their styles to please people that don’t know anything about our sport.”
“I love this sport,” he continued. “I really do. And I want to see it make progress. I don’t want to see it regress. With the judging in mixed martial arts, and how coaches are coaching the fighters, and how fighters are manipulating and molding their styles to please people that know nothing about MMA, it makes the sport regress.”