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Mike Pierce Says MMA Needs Some Officiating Changes

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For Mike Pierce at least, the decision rendered in the Nick Diaz-Carlos Condit UFC interim welterweight title fight wasn't the most controversial to emerge from the UFC 143 fight card.

Pierce took on top 170-pounder Josh Koscheck further down the UFC 143 main card and lost a controversial split decision, one that he recently told the Sherdog Radio Network's Savage Dog Show he still can't quite wrap his head around.

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"For whatever reason the judges seemed to be the only ones -- well, two out of three judges seemed to be the only ones that thought I didn't win the fight," Pierce said "Everybody else thought I won the fight. Even Dana [White] was voicing his opinion, saying that he thought I won the fight too. FightMetric had me outstriking him and winning 29-28. Man, it's just craziness."

The loss is tough to swallow for Pierce; he knows that it's always a possibility to have a decision go the wrong way when a fight is left to the judges, but sometimes it's easier said than done to finish off an opponent of Koscheck's caliber. You can count the now 13-5 welterweight among those calling for change and consistency in overall MMA officiating.

"You've got to make sure you're the hands-down, clear-cut choice as to who the winner is, but sometimes that's hard … I mean, even GSP couldn't finish Josh Koscheck on two different occasions," he said. "It's not like he's an easy fight for anyone, but there probably could have been things I could have done maybe a little differently for it to be a little more clear for everyone to know that I was the winner. But at the same time I think fighters have to improve, I think judging has to improve. I think refereeing has to improve. I think a little consistency would go a long way."

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