In the 14 victories that he’s accumulated in his career, UFC Fight Night 148: Nashville’s Bobby Moffett has amassed only one by way of decision. He steps into the cage this weekend with undefeated prospect Bryce Mitchell looking to make it four straight finishes, all by way of D'arce choke. Although he’s got another D’arce on his mind, his main priority lies in a slightly different area.
“I don’t want this fight to be a decision,” Moffett told the Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat. “With a lot of the decisions I’ve been seeing lately, I can’t trust any judges.”
Moffett points to a pair of decision for the reason he’s lost faith in judges. On the recent UFC on ESPN card in Phoenix, teammates Cortney Casey and Scott Holtzman both lost decisions that were fairly close. While Moffett admits to some level of teammate bias, it doesn’t change his stance on modern MMA judges.
“You got a friend who’s fighting, they’re a teammate, and you’re like, ‘Oh, he won. He beat the hell out of that dude, so he deserves the decision,'” he said of the past situations. “Then the decision goes the other way and you’re just kind of like, ‘I don’t trust these judges anymore.'”
Moffett’s distrust of the judges comes at a tough time, with his opponent never having tasted defeat in the professional ranks (although he was submitted by Brad Katona on The Ultimate Fighter). And for that, Moffett tips his cap to the toughness of his opponent.
“He’s got a really strong will—he’s a tough dude and he’s not going to want to give up,” Moffett said of Mitchell. “First round, I’m not expecting to finish him with a submission.”
After crediting the early toughness of his opponent, he points out that he doesn’t believe that toughness can last all that long—especially when in a high-paced matchup.
“Second round, he’s going to come out and be a little more tired than I am,” Moffett said. “My will and energy is going to take over the second round, so probably after the first minute of the second round.”