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The Couchside Judges MMA Podcast
60 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
E200 - UFC Vegas 59: Jamahal Hill vs. Thiago Santos
The Couchside Judges has hit 200 episodes! Break out the cake and celebrate while listening to the criteria nerds break down the very few — but quite interesting — split rounds from Saturday, when all 10 UFC bouts ended inside the distance. linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
89 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
E199 - UFC 277: Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena
With the UFC in Texas, you had to know the CSJ would have plenty of fodder for the latest episode. And who better to join Scott and Dan this week than Jay Pettry of Sherdog, whom had just attended ABC referee and judge training as well. The trio breaks down 10 rounds from Dallas, with more than a few rating as head-scratchers.
106 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
E198 - MMA Judge/Referee Training (2022 ABC Annual Conference)
At long last, The Couchside Judges put themselves through the ABC MMA judging and referee training courses. Scott and Dan share their takeaways from this crucial step in their respective officiating education journeys in the meatiest episode of CSJ yet. Plus, Scott shares the happenings fun the conference itself, including the approval of two new MMA rules. linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
48 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
E197 - UFC London: Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes
Busy day in London for the judges. Fortunately, the typically agreed with one another on who won the rounds in the UFC's second card in England this year. But with a whopping four 10-8/9 splits, Scott and Dan had the chance to apply some of their newly-learned lessons from ABC officials training over the weekend.
57 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
E196 - UFC Long Island: Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez
After 24 hours by Dan's watch (and one by Scott's) the Couchside Judges returned from a terrific UFC Long Island experience, reminded of how much different it is attempting to judge in person vs. on TV. The boys made sure to watch the five Contested Rounds once again on the TV broadcast as well, and they've got the breakdowns ready for your ears. linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
67 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
E195 - UFC Vegas 58: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev
So many rounds; just enough time. Scott and Dan have their work cut out for them with 11 Contested Rounds from UFC Vegas 58. That includes a pair of split decisions (Michael Johnson vs. Jamie Mullarkey and Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey), one of which drove certain people bonkers on social media. Let the Couchside Judges explain why the decision was not only unworthy of outrage but also way more worthy of simply fanning out and enjoying the action. linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
88 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
E194 - UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier
E. Spencer Kyte once again joins as a guest judge on CSJ as the guys break down UFC 276, which lacked any real judging uproar over split decisions and the like. But there was enough chatter about the way Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O'Malley's first round was scored that drew our attention. Plus, plenty of storylines to unpack from the event in a non-judging capacity. Linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
47 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
E193 - UFC Vegas 57: Arman Tsarukyan vs. Mateusz Gamrot
Even a 15-for-15 main event, with all judges agreeing on each round, can't keep the masses from debating the scoring. That's where Scott and Dan come in to weigh in. Beyond that, the CSJ put a prelim-opener split decision, a heavyweight fight and a dominant victory by a Nurmagomedov through Contested Rounds.
69 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
E192 - UFC Austin: Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett
Texas, Texas, Texas. You just know some scorecard shenanigans are coming when the fights head to the Lone Star State. UFC Austin was no different, with a few rounds that left Scott and Dan scratching their heads more than usual. And as a bonus, CSJ looks at the PFL main event in Georgia after the "R" word (rhymes with snobbery) was bandied about. Was it deserved? Listen and find out. linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
70 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
E191 - UFC 275: Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka
Here on Couchside Judges, the hosts rarely find "bad scores." They did Saturday, for sure. But was it in the Valentina Shevchenko vs. Taila Santos fight that riled up many a fight fan and pundit? Listen to Scott and Dan to find out. linktr.ee/couchsidejudges
61 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
E190 - UFC Vegas 56: Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
The heavyweight headliner gifted a first-round finish coming out of the holiday UFC break. Scott and Dan place their focus for this special Sunday episode on a pair of decisions (one split, one majority) and some 10-8/9 rounds before looking ahead to UFC 275.
61 minutes | May 30, 2022
E189 - Past Judgment: Rich Franklin vs. David Loiseau / Diego Sanchez vs. Takanori Gomi
A weekend free of major North American MMA gave Scott and Dan the chance dip back into Past Judgment for the first time in months. The Judges chose two fights: One blowout middleweight title fight and a hotly-contested split decision. How lopsided was Rich Franklin's win in the CSJ scoring format? Was Sanchez's win a "robbery"? Listen and watch the fights for yourself.
48 minutes | May 23, 2022
E188 - UFC Vegas 55: Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieira
Why the heck are folks so mad about Ketlen Vieira getting the split decision nod over Holy Holm? No, seriously, why the fuss? Scott and Dan don't know, but they do know a close fight when the see one. The boys break down the deciding third round to explain the scoring of a fight that probably should have been forgotten long before the social media conversation got fight fans all hot and bothered. That, plus a few other split decisions that, while also close, seemed to bother everyone much less.
61 minutes | May 16, 2022
E187 - UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz vs. Rakic / Bellator 281: Storley vs. Page
A pair of split decisions — one UFC, one Bellator — anchor this week's episode. Scott and Dan examine Katlyn Chookagian's narrow win over Amanda Ribas in Vegas, as well as Logan Storley grinding out a snoozer decision against Michael Page in London — even if Dan can't stand Bellator.
77 minutes | May 10, 2022
E186 - UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje
The Couchside Judges hits a day later than usual, but the hosts make up for it with a terrific guest: Matthew Wells of MMA Junkie. No shortage of Contested Rounds for the three gents as UFC 274 featured a whopping 12 instances of judging disagreement. CSJ breaks them all down, including two from the worst championship fight in UFC history: Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas 2.
56 minutes | May 2, 2022
E185 - UFC Vegas 53: Marlon Vera vs. Rob Font
Reports of a robbery at UFC Apex! Scott and Dan are on the case as social media outcry over the decision in Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake Collier necessitates an investigation. But is it a false alarm. Let the Couchisde Judges detective agency decide.
68 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
E184 - UFC Vegas 52: Jessica Andrade vs. Amanda Lemos; Bellator 278/279
Whole lot of UFC and Bellator over the weekend, but the judges generally found themselves in agreement. Scott and Dan broke down some Contested Rounds that didn't impact the result of fights, as well as discussed the heavily-debated stoppage in Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez from Bellator 278.
78 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
E183 - UFC Vegas 51: Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad; Bellator 277: AJ McKee vs. Patricio Pitbull 2
Scott and Dan answer listener questions! Yes, they do that now. Plus the guys cover Contested Rounds from both UFC and Bellator in a busy — and strange — MMA weekend.
76 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
E182 - UFC 273: Alexander Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie
Two split decisions were plenty of meat for the post-UFC 273 edition of CSJ, with Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan and Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres each hinging on close first rounds. Scott and Dan break down the rounds to, hopefully, dispel the notion that these fights were judged "wrong." Plus, Scott rails against the lack of tools at a judges' disposal when it comes to the freedom to use 10-8s in clearly lopsided rounds.
111 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
E181 - ”How to Fix Judging”
One Scott tweet as spring began birthed a full episode, one in which he and Dan examine the many submitted ideas for how to improve MMA judging. From good to bad to ugly, the CSJ consider each idea's merit (or lack thereof) while proposing some ideas of their own.
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