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Bisping won - agree/disagree?

One thing I look forward to after watching an event is heading to Bloodyelbow to read the various dissections and opinions offered by the community.

I was quite surprised to see no fan posts or articles about what I thought was a controversial decision in the Bisping Sonnen fight. People seem generally okay with the outcome acknowledging it could have gone either way.

I am by no means an expert on MMA or judging, but I really feel Bisping was robbed in that fight. I was absolutely expecting him to get the nod from the judges given his performance in the first 2 rounds.

I wasn't alone in my thinking, with Dana White and even Chael Sonnen himself acknowledging he thought Bisping was going to get the win.

if we look at the unified rules judging criteria, do you think Bisping did enough to win in round 1 and 2 to win the fight?

I would love to hear your feedback.

My humble opinion of the first 2 rounds:

Criteria

Winner

Comments

(e) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed by a contestant

Bisping

I really thought Bisping picked Chael apart landing the heavier of the shots for the first 2 rounds. Chael even said he was hurt in the first.

There is no way in my mind that Bisping wasn't the more effective in this criteria.

Granted Chael had his moments, but I feel Bisping's punches were the more effective and heavier.

(f) Effective grappling is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown and reversals. Examples of factors to consider are take downs from standing position to mount position, passing the guard to mount position, and bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard -

Sonnen

This criteria is not entirely clear to me, if working from the bottom to a stand-up is considered a reversal than I believe Bisping nullified any of the takedowns Chael landed. Again not sure if stuffing a takedown is considered effective grappling or a reversal, but if so Bisping again nullified the advantage gained by the takedowns that were landed.

Bisping in my mind was the more dominant fighter in the clinch, but again I am unclear whether the clinch is to be considered under the "grappling" criteria.

Bisping's guard wasn't particularly threatening but it was active and he quickly worked his way back to his feet throughout the first 2 rounds.

All that said, I am willing to give Chael the edge in this criteria but don't believe it was enough to give him either of the first 2 rounds.

(g) Fighting area control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout. Examples of factors to consider are countering a grappler's attempt at takedown by remaining standing and legally striking ; taking down an opponent to force a ground fight; creating threatening submission attempts, passing the guard to achieve mount, and creating striking opportunities.

Bisping

Bisping cleaned up here in my opinion.

He dictated the location and position of the fight. He took the fight to the clinch and control Chael against the fence. He reversed takedown attempts and backed Chael to the fence. He reversed positions when Sonnen took him to the fence.

He stuffed takedowns and when taken down quickly worked his way back to his feet.

He used superior movement to create opportunities to land strikes when standing.

(h) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike.

Bisping??

Tough one to separate, but I would have to say I would give this to Bisping based on the effective in-and-out and cleaner striking.

Again, even if I gave this Chael I don't believe it was enough for him to get the nod.

(i) Effective defense means avoiding being struck, taken down or reversed while countering with offensive attacks.

Bisping

Again, have to give this to Bisping. He did get hit but I believe he was more effective than Chael in avoiding being struck particularly by heavy strikes. He certainly did well to avoid takedowns, reversed clinch positions, worked his way to feet from the bottom and countered Chaels attacks more effectively.

Criteria

Round

Winner

Comments

(j) The following objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring a round;

1. A round is to be scored as a 10-10 Round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows clear dominance in a round;

2. A round is to be scored as a 10-9 Round when a contestant wins by a close margin, landing the greater number of effective legal strikes, grappling and other maneuvers;

3. A round is to be scored as a 10-8 Round when a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

4. A round is to be scored as a 10-7 Round when a contestant totally dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

(k) Judges shall use a sliding scale and recognize the length of time the fighters are either standing or on the ground, as follows:

1. If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round on the canvas, then:

i. Effective grappling is weighed first; and

ii. Effective striking is then weighed

2. If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round standing, then:

1. Effective striking is weighed first; and

2. Effective grappling is then weighed

3. If a round ends with a relatively even amount of standing and canvas fighting, striking and grappling are weighed equally."

Rd 1

Bisping

10-9

effective striking weighed first

Rd 2

Bisping

10-9

effective striking weighed first

Rd 3

Sonnen

10-9


\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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