- Gilbert Burns is calling for UFC judges to be investigated by the FBI following the terrible scoring of Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera fight
- “Durinho” thinks something should be done ASAP to prevent it from affecting the sport
Cory Sandhagen’s split decision victory over Marlon Vera at UFC San Antonio is among the fights making headlines at the moment because of allegedly terrible judging. And now, UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns is calling for the UFC and NSAC to do something about it.
An investigation is necessary
Speaking to TMZ Sports, the No. 5 welterweight contender said, given it has already been happening a lot in recent times, those judges should be investigated by the FBI. Burns suggests that these UFC judges may be involved in some sort of fixing as they might be betting on fighters or something.
It can be recalled that one judge gave the fight to Vera and the other two to Sandhagen. For “Durinho,” it was clear that it should’ve been a unanimous decision win for “Sandman.”
“I think those judges got to be investigated… We need FBI on these judges because those judges may be working with the betting company, maybe doing something behind, getting a third person to bet… I think those guys are doing something crazy… I think those guys [judges] are being dirty and maybe trying to get some money out of these [fights]… Chito’s my guy and I want him to win but there was no way he won that fight,” Burns said.
Something must be done right away
Aside from Sandhagen vs. Vera, Maycee Barber’s split decision win over Andrea Lee was also deemed controversial because of one judge.
Burns think something must be done sooner rather than later as such bad judging is already affecting the sport.
“It’s not the first time. That doesn’t stop. What bothers me is that don’t stop. Every event happened, like, come on. We need to make a decision. I know it’s not up to the UFC, but the commission [NSAC] will have to do something, otherwise it doesn’t. I don’t know. Nothing’s changed,” the Brazilian concluded.
Sandhagen also thinks a “universal commission” should be formed to stop bad judging in UFC fights. Until then, “Sandman” is now moving on and he got his sights set on No. 1 bantamweight contender Merab Dvalishvili.
On the other hand, Vera saw his four-fight winning streak coming to an end.
Burns, meanwhile, is set to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287.