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How I Watch / Judge an MMA Round (Graph)


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I'm not sure where I'm going with this or why I'm even posting it.

I just had a weird thought about visualizing how a round is scored that incorporates how effective a certain action was, what time in the round it took place, and how much it put that fighter ahead or evened things out.

I've heard a few people suggest that the judges should have a gameshow buzzer so that they can simply hit it to note a certain action or sequence of events that swayed him toward one fighter or another.

Each red dot would indicate a significant or effective moment for one fighter, and the distance it travels in his favor would represent how much it impacted the round score. It's tough to debate a round, because you often end up debating a particular group of actions without having a frame of reference, i.e. "his striking and takedowns were more effective".

This would also be a way to visually signify "how much" something counted, like a flurry of strikes, submission attempt, takedowns, etc., while also defining your personal "window" for 10-10, 10-9, and 10-8. So, if this were an example of modern day judging, 10-10 would be a tiny sliver, 10-9 would take up most of the page, and 10-8 would be a tiny fringe on the far sides.

My mind works in strange ways and I thought, for those of us who really dive deep into breaking down how a round should be scored, say, for a controversial fight, that this might be an interesting way to state your case. All you'd have to do is fill in your only descending line on a blank graph.

Thoughts? Is this just creepy?

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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