Reposted from WatchKalibRun
We hear it often. Too often. Judging. We gotta change judging. Must change judging. This doesn't work. Bad decision. ROBBERY. And occasionally, they are correct. Judging is broken. Why is it broken? Because it's HUMANS doing the judging. Three different people with three different mindsets viewing and judging a fight that doesn't have an objective score will see three different things. Don't like it? Get robots to judge. On occasion judges are wrong, but more often than not, they are right. Can there be tweaks? Sure. Last night's Rampage vs Machida fight saw Rampage use octagon control and aggressiveness in the first two rounds to win them marginally. What few strikes Machida did land weren't effective enough to offset his backpedaling style. The third round saw Machida definitively win.
The 10-point must system works. It does work for MMA should I say. It just needs to be used right. Judges need to get off the boxing mindset of "Winner gets 10, loser gets 9". That works in boxing because there are 10, 12, or even 15 rounds to overcome that. in MMA, you have three rounds. In boxing, if you pile up 7 or 8 10-9 rounds, you're the clear winner of the fight. In MMA, you get 2 rounds of 10-9, unless you're getting your butt kicked in the 3rd, you're going to win the fight. Should it be that way? I say not.
Your average MMA fight approximately half as long as your average boxing match (15 minutes to 30 minutes), therefore the scoring should be twice as strong. A 10-9 round in MMA now has too wide a berth. It can mean anything from the first round of the Rampage/Machida fight to the first round of the Lesnar/Carwin fight. There needs to be a compromise. A round like Rampage/Machida 1 where one fighter barely eeks out the round should continue to be a 10-9. However, when there is a definitive winner of a round, like the forementioned Lesnar/Carwin round, should be considered a 10-8 round. With this distinction, a fight where one fighter barely wins two rounds and then gets soundly beat in another isn't rewarded for "point fighting" which seems to have the MMA world in a fervor. A round that was once labeled a 10-8 round when one fighter almost finished another should now be labeled a 10-7. If you are soundly defeating your opponent in a round, he should not be able to eek out a draw.
Simple. But until that happens, let's stop crying about judging. Unless you're going to petition the commissions, let's stop crying about judging. Machida lost, let's stop crying about judging.
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