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.
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.
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.
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.