The topic came up after bantamweight Queen of Pancrase Rin Nakai upset MMA legend Tara LaRosa this past week, in a fight that could have been decided in either woman's favor.
After a close and competitive first round, LaRosa blasted Nakai with a right cross early in the second frame and she took the round on one judge’s scorecard.
Nakai secured a takedown in round three and she scored with ground and pound and submission attempts en route to a huge victory in front of a hometown crowd.
Was Nakai's fight against LaRosa a classic case of hometown judging in action? Lynn admits she hasn't actually seen the fight, but that it seems quite possible from articles and tweets she read regarding the bout.
"LaRosa has always been an incredible fighter and she lost the elimination fight to get in the [TUF 18] house, to Sara Moras via decision," Lynn said. "That kinda broke my heart. However, she didn't really waste any time getting back in the ring. She went to Pancrase and fought Rin Nakai and unfortunately they gave the decision to Nakai.
"Now from what I understand from Twitter, a lot of people felt like Tara LaRosa won that fight. Thats what she tweeted, she's over there and a lot of people were saying that she won that fight. It sounded like on paper, I read some articles and it sounds like it was a pretty even match.
"Unfortunately one of the things that happens when you aren't fighting in your hometown, is the hometown advantage. So in a situation when, say, an American goes overseas, fights somebody and it becomes a decision, I always kind of feel like it goes to the person that is there."
As the old adage goes, "Don't leave it in the hands of the judges." If you're a fighter competing overseas or anywhere that isn't your own backyard, you need to finish the fight and not let it go to the judge's scorecards.
Otherwise, you leave yourself open to hometown judging.
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