Calvin Kattar hopes judges can be held accountable for bad scorecards. There has been some fair share of controversial decisions in MMA over the years. Most recently, a fight that is in question is the UFC 280 main card fight between Sean O’Malley, and former champion Petr Yan. The fight would end in a split decision victory for O’Malley, despite giving up over a round in control time.
“How is it possible?”
Khabib reacts to Sean O’Malley’s split decision victory over Petr Yan at #UFC280
How did you score it? pic.twitter.com/IZsZivd8P0
— Red Corner MMA (@RedCorner_MMA) October 23, 2022
Just rewatched the fight, def won. ❤️
— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) October 26, 2022
Moving Past The Loss
Kattar is coming off a controversial decision loss himself to Josh Emmett in what was a very close fight. Although, the Boston native did believe that he should have been the one to have gotten his hand raised. The dust has settled, and after a few months, he has now moved past the decision, but he does want something to change.
“Really the thing that we want to stress, not to go back too far and sound like a poor sport or anything like that, is we want accountability for the judges, things like that,” Kattar said at UFC Vegas 63 media day. “That’s really it. We have a bad day in the office, we pay for it. Mistakes happen. It’s part of the game for everyone. There’s a human error involved in everything. We just want to see something in place with the commissions to hold some accountability to the judges who might have got it the wrong way. It’s important for the sport to move forward.”\
The hope Kattar is that the judges will be held accountable. After all, the choices that these judges make will certainly decide the future of these fighters.
Calvin Kattar On What Can Be Done
There are many possibilities on what can help all of these controversial decisions. The argument for open scoring could be one possible solution. For Kattar, he believes if a judge has a rough scorecard they must discuss why they scored it that way, and perhaps see something different so they know they are doing something wrong.
“The only thing that I’ve heard that really makes sense is, to me, that seems like a no-brainer is if one guy out of the three, or girl, whoever sees something different than the other two, ‘All right. Well, what did you see?’ It’s just as simple as that,” Kattar said. “If you’re the one rogue judge that went the other way, then all right. Then, there’s a bunch of those instances where you’re going against two judges, what are you seeing all the time? That’s mainly the biggest thing; more accountability for what they saw when they went against the two other judges that are doing the same job.”
Whether or not anything will happen is uncertain. For now, Calvin Kattar is just hoping to get back into the win column with a win in his main event on Saturday.
Up Next For Calvin Kattar
‘The Boston Finisher’ is set to face a new challenger, Arnold Allen in the main event of UFC Vegas 63 on Saturday. Arnold Allen is a long-time UFC veteran. Believe it or not, he has been in the promotion for over seven years and has yet to receive a loss in the Octagon. He holds notable victories over Dan Hooker, Sodiq Yusuff, and Gilbert Melendez.
Beware the hands of @CalvinKattar 👊
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— UFC (@ufc) October 26, 2022
𝑨𝑳𝑴𝑰𝑮𝑯𝑻𝒀 got the job done in emphatic fashion in his homeland! 🏴
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— UFC (@ufc) October 25, 2022
Calvin Kattar on the other hand holds notable victories over Giga Chikadze, Dan Ige, and Jeremy Stephens. With dangerous elbows and versatility in the stand-up, Calvin Kattar is always a fan favorite.
Who do you have in this upcoming matchup? Calvin Kattar, or Arnold Allen?