On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission hosted a training session for its officials in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francisco Aguilar, who became the new NSAC Chairman on Halloween, said that him and Executive Director Keith Kizer have spoken about having training sessions for officials on a quarterly basis, instead of a biannual basis. The aim of this increase in training sessions is to have greater transparency within the officiating of professional mixed martial arts fights.
In a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, Aguilar shared his thoughts on the current state of officiating in MMA and how the NSAC is moving forward.
“We need to be consistent in what our philosophies are, and that philosophy needs to be communicated to these judges and these refs,” he said to MMAJunkie.
The NSAC’s reputation has recently been stained in the MMA community since a controversial split decision victory was awarded to Georges St-Pierre over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Aguilar spoke his mind on the historic bout, and he also hinted some disappointment toward UFC President Dana White.
“I think the outcry is, it was a very close fight, it could have gone one way or the other, but I think what occurred in the press conference added a little bit of fuel to the situation, as well,” Aguilar explained.
Joe Rogan’s criticisms of the judges were without a doubt the most severe. The famed UFC commentator accused judges of receiving bribes for calling the fights in favor of one particular fighter over the other. Aguilar denied those allegations.
“That’s unfortunate, because I don’t think that’s the case at all,” he declared. “I think the judges and refs we do have are honest people. They do a great job, and I think it only hurts the sport by him making those comments.”
Many fans and fighters are calling for a profound change to the way fights are judged, such as eliminating the ten point system.
As of yet, the NSAC has not announced any official changes to how fights will be judged in the future.