Cecil Peoples fires back at critics over Machida vs Shogun scoring: “You can go to Hell”

October 29, 2009 by Narcisist in Featured, News, UFC with 8 Comments


I don’t need to explain how much Cecil Peoples is hated in the MMA committy amongst fans on forums and comment sections on his previous scoring decisions. The UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun decision which gave the light heavyweight champion a successful title defense. In a recent interview Cecil Peoples responded to critics and those who have bashed him over his 48 to 47 score card which many fans and critics felt was a robbery.

The California Judge and referee Cecil Peoples spoke to MMAWeekly.com about his decision to give the most debated (1st) round  for the champion Lyoto Machida and not Mauricio Shogun Rua.

cecil Peoples“I’m really perplexed about how you give (Rua) this round, because Shogun was kicking (Machida) a lot in the legs, but every time he kicked him in the legs, he got hit in the face,” he said. “Shogun would put his hand up, and Machida would go right through, sweat’s flying off (Rua’s) face. Shogun kicked (Machida) in the belly – that’s how he got the red mark.
“But you gotta remember, Machida is stepping back, so when he gets kicked, he’s getting brushed. But he counters Shogun with a hard kick to the belly. Which one counts more for the exchange? I give it to the (second one), because it was harder. It wasn’t brushed.”

Peoples also brought up the fact that most people did not give Mauricio Shogun Rua a chance against Lyoto Machida after he knocked out Rashad Evans at UFC 98. He feels that Machida’s success warranted enough for the victory in most observers eyes and may have biased their opinion scoring the fight.

“Everybody was expecting him to destroy Shogun like he destroyed Rashad Evans, and he didn’t destroy him,” said Peoples. “It was a close fight. So people think: (Rua) did good. If he did that good, he must have won the fight.”

Peoples also went on to respond to his critics who say that he should be fired or forced to quit judging MMA fights and events. He pretty much told them to go fuck themselves.

“If you don’t like it, you can go to hell.”

I will admit I have not agreed with some of People’s decisions in the past, but he does bring up a good question about how observers viewed the fight. Did Mauricio Shogun Rua’s unexpected success against Lyoto Machida bias observers score cards?

Let’s be honest, no one expected Shogun to win 1 round or last too long against Machida (except me) his unexpected success may have swayed some of the viewers score cards. Especially after he showed he had an actual game-plan to defeat Machida.

Another point Peoples brought up in another interview is that Shogun landed more leg kicks then solid power punches, but in all standup fight wouldn’t powerful leg kicks count as legitimate strike?

We could debate this for months, but the truth is we all need to move on cause it will not change the final decision in the end. That is why I have not posted “fighter A thinks Shogun or Machida won” posts. I don’t want to over saturate URDirt with the same subject over and over again.

We just have to wait for the rematch now, hopefully it will happen at UFC 108.

Props to Lipton Drift on that picture above, don’t know if it’s real either.


  1. ColeOct 29, 2009 at 11:31 amReply

    God bless Cicil Peoples. At least HE knows what he is talking about.

  2. c.zOct 29, 2009 at 2:23 pmReply

    ya machida had a couple punching fluries. shogun wants to win by legs kicks?? trying to win off points?? naw im fine with the outcome.

  3. JDoggOct 29, 2009 at 6:30 pmReply

    Seriously… Cecil Peoples… you can goto idiot face im a stupid fagget hell!!! SHOGUN WON THAT FIGHT.. & the only thing Cecil peoples has done is FAIL As a referee… Go To Jail…. And Now FAIL as a judge… might as well pull the plug Cecil theres nothing left for you pal… hahaha

  4. Fedor is legendOct 29, 2009 at 8:08 pmReply

    This guy is a prickbag and not just cause of the Shogun robbery I think he was the judge for Bisping vs Hammel too

  5. MaddOct 30, 2009 at 10:28 amReply

    Cecil peoples is blind i dont know how much pay to him but i think he gain a lot of money for change the decision



    • MarcusOct 30, 2009 at 5:11 pmReply

      Cecil banged those fat white chicks with the money he got paid-up to give Machida the win

  6. jeremyemilioOct 30, 2009 at 11:31 amReply

    My favourite part is where he talks about the exchange of body kicks that left a ‘red mark’ on Machida and concludes that Machida’s kick obviously did the most damage because he was backing up when Rua kicked him and so it only ‘brushed’ him while his counter kick landed solidly. You mean the exchange that cracked one of Machida’s ribs and got him an 8 week doctor’s suspension? That exchange? Good call, Cecil. Good call.

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    [...] The government’s involvement in a sport as pure as MMA can only work to hinder its raw nature, so we might as well have experienced people that, as Rogan might say, aren’t incompetent morons. For example, as Commission selected judge Cecil Peoples once said in response to fan criticism regarding one of his horrible decisions, “If you don’t like it, you can go to hell.” [...]

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