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A potential major problem with the sudden victory round

As I watched this past episode of TUF:Live, I thought of something that could be a serious detriment to the competition. I could be wrong about this, and if so, someone please correct me, but here goes. Given the current format of The Ultimate Fighter, I believe there is a potential scoring flaw that could really damage the integrity of the competition. It all lies in the sudden victory round.

As far as I understand the rules for the show, in the event of a drawn fight after 2 rounds, the 3rd round score determines the winner. The scores for the first 2 rounds no longer matter, and this is where the problem comes in. Hypothetically, if judge #1 scores the 1st 2 rounds 10-9 for fighter A, and the judges 2 and 3 score the bout 19-19, you would have a majority draw and a "sudden victory" round.

In this scenario, if judge #1 scores round 3 for fighter B, and either judge 2 or 3 scores the third round for fighter A, you will have a winner that lost 2 of the 3 rounds on 2 of the judges scorecards.

Example:

Judge #1: 10-9, 10-9, 9-10

Judge # 2: 10-9, 9-10, 9-10

Judge #3: 10-9, 9-10, 10-9

In a three round fight, Fighter A would win a split decision 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28. However, under TUF rules, Fighter B would win a split decision because the sudden victory round overrides the 1st 2 round scores. Either I am completely wrong about this (which is always quite possible), or the UFC needs to tweak the format to address this possibility before it happens and they end up with egg on their faces.

What do you guys think? Is this a real problem or do I just have way to much time on my hands to think up random shit?

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