I’m glad some of you took the time to come watch our event and the criticism is welcome. As a new and budding sport here in Taiwan we need all the feedback possible to help make this grow properly.
That being said, looking back at the event we had 9 matches total, with 5 ending with either a submission or KO. That ratio would be good for any quality combative event be it MMA, Boxing or Judo. The problem I have with the previous “MMA” events here in Taiwan were that the mismatches were designed to ensure that one guy would get beat-up and fast. That’s the only reason you put 53 year-olds against men half that age. I’m not interested in any of that; I’m here to promote the sport properly which means having TWO prepared/trained combatants, TWO equal-sized combatants and most importantly rules that will allow the sport to flourish and remain true to the spirit of hand-to-hand combat. The result? Not every match will end in 30 seconds. When you have good match-ups, there will be stalemates and for every move, there will be counter-moves. That’s what I want to see, and that’s what I’m going to be pushing. I WILL NOT knowingly make mismatches for the sake of “excitement” or “action”. How many legitimate combative sports have KOs or Ippons every match? Are Boxing championships always settled with a KO? Nope. Are Olympic Judo matches always finished with an Ippon? Nope. That’s what happens when you have EVEN matches and ready-to-go athletes.
Secondly, judging is VERY difficult for any sport, and you will see errors made by professional referees in every sport, be it basketball, baseball and so on. The only question I am concerned with is the INTENTION of the referee/judges. Is there an INTENTION to cheat? Does the officials go into the match already looking for ways to cheat someone? I’m sure all the competitors and spectators will agree that there was no ill-will on the behalf of me or the judges/officials I put in.
I’m not so sure why you guys felt the final match was so controversial. Nick Stach won round 1 clearly with better takedowns and effective striking on the ground, thus a 10-9 round in favor of the RED fighter. Vaughn Anderson came back in the 2nd round and did the exact same thing that was done to him; he controlled the fight on the feet and Nick began gassing at the end, where Vaughn was able to finish the fight with him mounted and punching at will, thus a 10-9 round for YELLOW. Simple math tells me that equals out to 19-19 scores, which is a draw. I have the tape here at my school and if you can point out to me where we went wrong, I would really appreciate it.
I have been fortunate to have been a part of this sport for almost 10 years and even more fortunate to have participated as a fighter/trainer/cornerman in the most prestigious MMA events in the world and I want to bring that level of professionalism here to Taiwan. If you feel the fights are boring or lack skill, please point me in the direction of where I can find the best and most talented fighters because I have left no stone unturned in asking various styles and teams to participate. The last event featured 18 brave souls willing to put it on the line, of which 10 are training with me…so there’s NO QUESTION where the heart of my team is.