When the scorecards for the Hendricks/GSP fight were announced, most fans and nearly all reporters were shocked to hear GSP the winner. Since UFC 167 I have read countless articles proclaiming that Hendricks was robbed of his championship, but what truly shocked me happened in the days that have followed UFC 167.
The rankings came out.
And as far as I can tell, every poll, from major news organizations to MMA sites, from UFC.com itself to even blog posts... every single ranking put GSP as the number 1 welterweight in the world.
How does this happen? Yes, 2 of the judges appointed by the NSAC deemed him the winner, but all of us: the fans, the experts, the journalists and even Joe Rogan, knew better. Johny Hendricks beat GSP. Johny Hendricks, even without the belt, is the number 1 welterweight fighter in the world. We are not locked into a contract with the NSAC, there is no reason why any of us, the MMA educated fans, should have GSP as #1.
Now here is the crazy part (and the part that fixes the MMA judging problem)... why does the UFC care about the judges' verdict? Why not have a system similar to the college football prior to the BCS, and allow for 2 champions. College football used the AP and Coaches poll to determine its champion, the UFC could have their own belt and the sanctioning body (aka the judges) a second belt. This system would have no impact in 99% of the matches, only in disputed matches like GSP/Hendricks would we emerge with two champions... leaving the fans to decide who the real champion is.