In the world of competitive sports and fighting, judges are supposed to be fair and impartial. Meeting these benchmarks as judges entails reviewing the fights between competitors and make decisions solely based upon performances.
At no time should any external bias or favoritism come into account. Likewise, third parties should not manage to sway or influence judges from fair, impartial decision-making. Sadly, there are times where judges fail to meet these standards, hence opening them up to criticism.
A Rigged Outcome? Chito Vera vs. Song Yadong
Judges who oversaw the UFC brawl between competitors Marlon “Chito” Vera and Song Yadong are currently facing intense scrutiny and backlash. For unknown reasons that have confused both Chito Vera and observers of the fight alike, judges ultimately declared Song Yadong as the winner.
— Niall McGrath (@niallmcgrath4) May 17, 2020
This determination is problematic for a series of reasons. First and foremost, the UFC Fight Night 176 scorecard shows that Vera took down Yadong two out of three times; moreover, both total strikes and significant strikes from Vera outweigh his competitor’s.