Yin and Yang on CompuStrike

The Compustrike service has begun scoring UFC fights. Personally I think it's great. Fightlinker, not so much:

While on the surface I don't have a problem for more information regarding fight statistics, the thought of this system being seen by judges scares the fuck out of me. The day rounds start being given to fighters based on their `hit percentage' and `number of punches landed' is the day I'm gonna fuck off and rededicate this blog to a real sport like competitive eating or something.

This isn't soccer or basketball ... you don't get x number of points for putting a ball in the net and you don't get a 'score' every time you manage to touch your opponent. You win by beating the other guy up worse than he beat you up.

The more measured Pramit Mohapatra has another take:

I asked Bob Canobbio, President of CompuBox Inc., some questions about how CompuStrike was administered at UFC 76.  Here is Canobbio's response:

 "CompuStrike has two operators seated octagon-side, sharing a laptop computer. They count one fighter each. We have designated keys for arm (punch/elbow) and leg (kicks & knees) strikes landed- from standing and ground positions. These categories produce a total strikes stat. We also count submission attempts & takedowns."

Those of you who have read my previous entries know that I am a fan of making MMA scoring more systematic.  I have to say that from what I have seen, Canobbio and his company have taken a major step in the right direction with their system.

If Pramit weighs in on Loretta Hunt, I'll do another point/counter-point featuring the fire and ice of MMA writers.

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