Even the MMA world is up in arms about the decision handed down after Saturday night’s professional boxing bout between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.
The world championship bout went all 12 rounds with nearly everyone, except the official Nevada Athletic Commission appointed judges that is, scoring the fight overwhelmingly in Pacquiao’s favor… as in most people thought Pacquiao had won eight to 10 rounds.
What does boxing have to do with MMA you say?
Simple, the Nevada Athletic Commission that had jurisdiction over the scoring is the same regulatory body that oversees mixed martial arts competition in the state of Nevada.
When was the last time that you watched an MMA event – any MMA event, not just those in Nevada – and wondered about the qualifications of the judges and/or the referees?
UFC president Dana White wonders about one or the other at every single event that his promotion operates, and he isn’t shy about saying so.
But he has a particular bone to pick with Nevada. The state is the home base for the UFC. The promotion regularly operates several events per year in the state, including The Ultimate Fighter reality series that runs for 13 weeks twice per year. So the UFC spends an inordinate amount of time under the watchful eyes of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
White, however, has never shied away from criticizing his company’s home state commission. He was particularly critical when boxer Floyd Mayweather was allowed to proceed with a schedule fight in the state even after being convicted and sentenced to jail on a domestic abuse charge. Yet his fighter, Chael Sonnen, even after he had complied with all penalties imposed upon him for rules violations, was not allowed to coach opposite Michael Bisping on The Ultimate Fighter, let alone fight in Nevada.
White is also a longtime boxing fan, and voiced his opinion about Saturday night’s Pacquiao vs. Bradley decision, regardless of having to spend a lot of hours working with the commission in the MMA world.
“Nevada state athletic commission at its finest!!! You’ve (got) to be (expletive) kidding me!! that is disgusting Nevada state athletic commission!!” White blasted on Twitter.
But he wasn’t done yet.
“Worst athletic commission in the country!!!!!!!!!!!!”