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Video: Cecil Peoples is a dangerous referee

Video: Cecil Peoples is a dangerous referee
March 25th 2013

Cecil Peoples has become notorious for poor judging decisions and bad refereeing, but it isn’t until you watch this highlight (lowlight?) video that you can get a full sense of just how horrifically under qualified he is to officiate MMA in any capacity.

The justification offered for Peoples’ continued tenure of a judging or refereeing position largely seems to consist of references to his previous work in the martial arts industry. Fellow referees such as Herb Dean, who you would expect to slate Peoples, say “He’s done a lot for the sport.” Maybe he has - is that a refereeing quality?

One day Peoples’ is very likely to get it wrong so badly that someone is going to get seriously hurt. And that won’t be good for the sport, it will be very, very bad for it. There are no grounds for Peoples to continue as an official in MMA - he has demonstrated incompetence on so many occasions that anybody who continues using his services should be careful they aren’t laying themselves open to a charge of negligence.

Thanks to Swedish site MMA Nytt for the video. The UFC is in Sweden next week for the Gustafsson/Mousasi fight. Peoples won’t be there, thank god

Comments

  • James Capper

    Posted at 14:09 on March 25th 2013

    There's no doubt he's poor but I think you can edit a video like this to make pretty much anyone look stupid. Seems a little bit of a personal attack to me

    I'd rather the evidence were presented clearly without the dumb video cut up

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  • Jake

    Posted at 22:16 on March 25th 2013

    When a guy gets repeatedly hammered while unconscious or someone taps out the ref is there for the fighters safety. This guy is a joke James and you are ridiculous to defend someone who is incapable of doing the very thing he is hired for. SMH.
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  • Dan

    Posted at 18:28 on November 19th 2013

    There's no doubt he's poor but I think you can edit a video like this to make pretty much anyone look stupid. Seems a little bit of a personal attack to me



    I'd rather the evidence were presented clearly without the dumb video cut up


    The evidence is in his judging. If you watched the fights that he's called you would know that he has been involved in many of the poorest decisions in MMA over the years. That does mean that one other judge might have made a mistake as well, but Peoples can almost always be expected to take a very odd stance when it comes to deciding fights. He does not follow the system that MMA judges are supposed to follow, instead he just kinda says what he felt like and unfortunately its likely that his karate background seems to have either made him a poor judge. Karate competitions are judged completely different but I'd suspect he still has that mentality.

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  • Dan

    Posted at 18:29 on November 19th 2013

    Well put

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