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Penn Election Flop, MMA Judge Responds to DC, Rogan

BJ Penn Photo credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Welcome to the “better late than never” version of our Sunday MMA crash, which may actually be Monday depending on your region. This time, we’re covering Anthony Pettis’ severed hand, BJ Penn’s election defeat, and a judge opening his scoring scale and thought process after criticism from Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier.

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Anthony Pettis breaks both hands during PFL playoffs

Anthony Pettis had an unpleasant night against Steve Ray in PFL 7 on Friday, finally bouncing back from the playoffs after losing a unanimous decision. It was a direct rematch of their regular-season battle, which Ray won by surrendering.

To make matters worse — or, let’s be honest, wounded — Pettis broke both hands in the fight.

UFC 277 referee responds to criticism from Rogan, Cormier

Judge Seth Fuller used the UFC 277 card in late July, and he “fighted back” at Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier, who were highly critical of his scorecard during a heavyweight bout at the event.

After Fuller scored the third round for Don’Tale Mayes against Hamdy Abdelwahab, Joe Rogan commented: “That guy [Fuller] Need to talk. We need to check his bets. “

In a video posted on YouTube — in an apparent violation of the guidelines of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation — Full responded directly to the comments.

“I have a thick skin, but it’s not right because it’s not the truth,” he said of the criticism.

“I think I judged about 80 cards and hundreds of fights myself,” Fuller noted. “I’ve judged and rebutted because I do both. Again, is that experience enough? I don’t know what industry doing 10 years of stuff isn’t considered experienced.”

When it came to scoring in the third round, Fuller explained that many of Abdul Wahab’s strikes on the ground were cumulative, not disruptive. “All those punches on the ground do score, but they’re cumulative in nature based on the rules I’m following.” Mace, he added, “wasn’t affected by those punches at all.”

Meyers, on the other hand, kicked a front kick before the bout, and then a flying knee, a pointed kick and a head kick after the fighter stood up.

“If you don’t agree, that’s fine,” Fuller said. “The other two judges obviously disagree, and I have no problem with that. I just wanted to tell you that I’m not an idiot. My score is not bad. I don’t know what I’m looking at. I know what I’m looking at. In fact, I Would say I know the rules I just read to you better than the announcer because the announcer just went through the course I went through 12 years ago and their scores are all over the place.”

Shannon Ross gets UFC contract after emergency surgery on ruptured appendix

Australian flyweight Shannon Ross rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after appearance Dana White’s Contender Collection August 2, due to a ruptured appendix. Although he lost on the show (against Vinicius Salvador), he got some good news from the surgery:

The UFC has called him and signed him.

Ross himself made the announcement on social media last week.

“It was all sweeter to get a call from my manager Danny Rubinstein after the surgery, I could barely move or react, but my emotions were at an all-time high,” Ross wrote. “He told me, He’s been in touch with Mick Maynard and they want to sign me after the madness, before the game, during the game and after the game.”

“All I can say is that I gave everything I had to get here and make it happen,” he added. “So you can now say hello to Australia’s newest UFC Flyweight.”

Read Ross’ full statement below.

BJ Penn loses Republican primary

The Hawaii State Elections Office has the numbers for the most recent Republican gubernatorial primary, and BJ Penn will not be on future ballots.

Officially, Payne Received 22.2% Voting, well behind champion Duke Iona’s 47.5 percent. Aiona was the first two-term Republican lieutenant governor.

Penn campaigned to stop COVID-19 restrictions.

Aiona will go head-to-head with Democratic Lieutenant Governor Josh Green in November.

Penn is a former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion with no prior political experience. With that in mind, while he did lose the primary by a large margin, getting more than 20 percent of the vote isn’t an impressive feat.

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