Marcus Davis Piles on With Ideas to Change MMA Judging

3661013799_9f3121e4e3_mediumHere at BloodyElbow, we have been having a back and forth about MMA judging,  and now we've got someone whose career is in the hands of that system chiming in. From MMA Junkie:

"A lot of the [judges] just kind of at the very end (of a round) remember the last 10 seconds or 15 seconds or whatever, and that's how they judge it," Davis said. "It should be maybe an easy breakdown for them in front of them. Maybe a card that has a breakdown of, I don't know if you want to do breaking a five-minute round up in to different quarters or by minute or whatever, but some way to easily categorize those things that they're looking at: cage generalship, grappling, takedowns, strikes."

Davis believes additional clarification is needed on the importance of those items in relation to their effectiveness in the outcome of the bout.

"We've got to figure out what do you score more," Davis said. "Do you score 'one takedown is greater than however many strikes,' or should a takedown even be considered for full points or full benefit if somebody takes somebody down and they don't so anything with it.

"If you take somebody down and automatically they stand up, or they take them down and they don't really do anything, they don't ground-and-pound, what kind of credit do you do for that?"

As much as I enjoy watching Marcus' work and respect him as a fighter, I have to completely and utterly disagree with him here.

First off, IMHO he lost the Hardy fight. It was a classic case of Marcus dominating most of the minutes but Hardy scoring the most points. If it had been a football game, Davis would have dominated yardage and time of possession but Hardy would've scored all the touchdowns. In baseball, Davis would have pitched a great game but given up those crucial runs that cost him the game. In MMA, he dominated position and many of the exchanges, but Hardy landed the big shots. Its not just that Davis got cut and bruised even worse than usual, its that he got knocked on his ass, repeatedly.

Secondly, adding more complications and requirements to the scoring regimen just muddies the waters. Anyone who tried to watch Olympic boxing this year knows we don't want to go down that route. Fundamentally, judging by human beings is going to be inherently subjective and flawed. Deal with it.

If fighters don't like the decisions the judges come up with, they have a much better option: finish the fight.

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