Mar 20, 2016; Brisbane, Australia; Hector Lombard (red gloves) competes against Neil Magny (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

The Controversy Of Hometown Referees In MMA

From last night’s UFC event in Brisbane, Australia, some of the referees calls during a couple of the fights were ‘interesting’ to say the least. Neil Magny most likely set a record for strikes landed on an opponent that is not defending himself. Magny looked over at the referee several times when he was repeatedly pounding away on Hector Lombard and was probably thinking:

“I’m beating the Hell out of this guy and he is not intelligently defending himself, why won’t you stop this fight?”

Another interesting point was how fast the fight was stopped after Mark Hunt dropped Frank Mir. Marc Goddard was not a hometown referee, but was a quick to call the fight right after the knock-down. After seeing Mir’s eyes later, one could tell that he was definitely rocked, but the controversy is that the referee stopped the fight right after Mir hit the ground. Hunt is rather famous for his trademark walk-off knockouts, but this one seemed a bit fishy.

Perhaps an unbiased solution can happen one day. Fighters travel to other countries, referees can do the same also. Every country does not need referees from their own nation. MMA rules should be universal and not biased towards hometown favorites or based on something the country is used to or comfortable with. The UFC officials were not happy about this and Dan Hardy and Brian Stann shared their opinions in the video below.