Cecil Peoples doesn't know $hit... I can't believe that they lets someone this clueless judge
I don't agree with this. I do agree that he's a horrible judge, and god damned god awful ref, but he knows martial arts.
I used to train Kenpo/American Kickboxing in Las Vegas with a former professional kickboxer named Eddie "Flash" Newman. Peoples and Newman were close, personal friends, and on our sparring nights, every once in a blue moon, Peoples would show up. This was back when he was in shape, of course. He was fast as fuck, no lies. The man is not ignorant of the fight game, just highly opinionated.
Funny shit is, when we would do the stupid point-fighting TKD shit, and he was the official, he would do that same "leg lift" weird shit. At the time I just thought it was normal, but now, damn it's fucking funny.
Edit, here's a pic of Flash and Peoples. lmao
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That fight was fucking horrible though, as Don Wilson put it (paraphrase) "If Paul did the same thing Ruas was doing, it wouldn't be a fight, it would be two guys trying to avoid each other."
Easy to say that now but but back in those days MMA fights didnt happen very often. I had heard about Marco Ruas and I was very excited to see him fight. Guys like that changed the game. Don Wilson didnt know shit. The fans didnt know shit and neither did the fighters. The sport was being formed as we watched it. What you call "horrible fights" were anything but that to me. I'll never forget pre internet, pre MMA fighting. It was what I had been waiting for for a very long time and to witness it at its birth was amazing.