From the Mailbag

Michael from California writes…

Last night Dana White proved himself the most honest and ethical person anyone has ever seen in a fighting industry. 

Ed Herman took it straight to Kendall Grove throughout the entire fight. He totally dominated the bigger fighter. Ed was able to avoid Kendall’s attempts in the first 2 rounds and still land bombs. He even took risks inside Kendall’s triangle and landed more elbows and knees in the process.

Here is how I had it, I gave Ed Herman the first round as he was able to take Kendall to the ground right away and work some vicious ground and pound. He got to the half guard at one point and continued to drop punches and elbows. The only thing Kendall did in the first round was attempt an armbar which was defended perfectly by Herman. Also Kendall got in a knee to the midsection and that’s about it. The rest of the round was spent on the canvas with Herman working the ground and pound.

The second round was even; Herman took the fight to the ground and got caught in a triangle choke which he was able to escape. Late in the round he got Kendall’s back and secured the hooks where he worked for the rear naked choke. That in my opinion evened out the round.

The third much like the second round was fairly close as well. Kendall was able to get a knee in right off the bat but Ed then took him down. Once again Ed was able to get Kendall’s back and secure the hooks. He attempted an armbar but Kendall powered his way through it and then took Ed’s back. He finished the fight on a very high note as he was able to sink in the rear naked choke and he had Ed in lots of trouble and was very close to ending the fight.

I felt Ed did enough to at least earn himself a spilt decision but a few things obviously weighed on the judges. In the second round they must have felt that Kendall’s triangle was enough to win him the round. Also at the end of round two Ed Herman was clearly gassed and he could barely stay on his feet. Ed did attempt to pull off an armbar in the third but it seemed as though Kendall had little trouble breaking free and he was able to then sink in a deep rear naked choke and end on a high note. That submission must have weighed highly on the judges and stole Kendall the round.

His GP game was working very well all throughout the fight. It was only at the very end of the third round when time ran out that Kendall got the choke off the ground. 

Yet all 3 judges scored the fight unanimously for Kendall Grove? Wow.
Clearly there is a huge bias against Ed Herman for his “cocky” attitude (that some fans like me appreciate) on the UF season show. However attitude has no place on the Judges scorecards. Kendall Grove could be the nicest guy in the world - he still lost that fight. And judging from the expression on his face I think he knows it too.

Saying Ed Herman’s attitude on the reality show is going a little too far in my opinion. As of late we’ve seen some very questionable judging. I much like you thought Ed Herman won the fight and afterwards I was in shock but this just seems to be something that UFC fans are becoming used too. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is providing judges who usually cover boxing events. Not only was the judging questionable in this fight but take a look at Ultimate Fight Night 5. During the live broadcast we saw Stephan Bonnar and Rashad Evans face off. Evans dominated the whole fight in every facet but somehow one of the judges had the fight as a draw. This happened more then once during the night.

This shows us that states like Nevada and California really need to establish a Mixed Martial Arts Commission. Also there needs to be more seminars and such to teach the various people how to judge and what to look for.

Dana White knew it too. That’s why he made things right by offering Ed Herman the 6 figure contract.

In my books Dana White is the real winner here. He immediately used his position of power and authority to set a wrong decision - right. What an absolute honest guy Dana White is.

I totally agree with you here. Dana White did know it and corrected the judges mistake by offering Ed Herman the Contract much like he did for Stephan Bonnar when he lost by decision to Forrest Griffin. At times I really question Dana White’s actions and some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth but this is the second time Dana White has answered the bell and made the right decision and I respect him for that.

Kudos to Ed Herman for controlling himself at the end and taking the loss the judges gave him in stride.


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