There has been a lot of dodgy decisions in MMA lately. Fans have been turned off by the judges favoring one fighter over the other or simply by their sheer incompetence in which they judge the fights. A good or bad decision can make or break a fighters’ career. One MMA promotion is leading the way with his transparency in the scoring of championship fights. BEAST Championship has put forward a unique example that other MMA promotions can follow in order to increase transparency and gaining the goodwill of the fans.
BEAST Championship had a event on 21st March at the PCYC Gladstone, Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. The event was billed as Beast Championship 3: Redemption. This event featured Pro/AM MMA bouts, MMA Juniors bout, Boxing, Muay Thai, and BJJ bouts. However, in the juniors bout, the judges gave a controversial decision in the between Michael Kennedy and Thomas Schellhammer.
The judges had Tomas Schellhammer defeating Michael Kennedy via Decision (Split). Schellhammer became the Junior Atomweight champion. This decision was appealed by Michael Kennedy’s camp within 24hours to the BEAST championship organization.
BEAST Championship took swift action and immediately had the fight sent to four most respectable judges. The judges then immediately overturned the decision to Michael Kennedy’s favor after reviewing the fight.
Tomas is eligible for an immediate rematch.
This is something all the MMA promotions should take note of in order to increase transparency.