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