The Hominick-Yagin fight this past Saturday went down, and the outcome gave me some thoughts. I'd like to share them with you lot and see what you lot think.
In my opinion, the fighter who looked worse off at the end of the fight was Yagin. Although Hominick's eye was swollen, the entirety of Yagin's face was masked with blood. This immediately made me think of Diego Nunes' post-Siver fight comments: "look at his face and look at mine", insinuating that he should have been victorious in that fight.
However, should post-fight visual appearances be a more determinative factor in a fight?
Realism: perhaps it can be argued that visual appearances represent the 'real' outcome of the fight. In most street fights, the victor and loser is often determined (providing one participant is not unconscious) by the visual state of the combatants at the end of the fight. Using a simple analogy, the loser in most playground fights is the one who walks away with a broken nose. Should MMA, the closest sport that we have to an uncontrolled fight be any different?
Effective Striking: this is controversial as not all 'effective' strikes can lead to cuts. A glancing blow that scrapes the bridge of an opponent's nose is more likely to draw blood than a solid punch to the eye. However, in most cases, strikes that do draw blood are effective strikes. This leads to the argument, what should carry more weight - the amount of strikes thrown, or the result of each punch? Results such as Sanchez/Kampmann, and Garcia/any opponent seem to suggest the former.
Physiology: not all men are created equal, and it's the truth that some men just bleed more than others. Fedor normally ends up looking like a canned tomato, but (until recently), has almost always seen his hand raised at the end of a fight. Sir Henry Cooper was famous for getting cuts above his eyebrow, in fact it developed into one of his oft-critiqued traits. If more weight was given to the physical appearance of fighters, it is clear that some would be at a disadvantage. But then again, you only get cut if you get hit. So perhaps the argument balances out.
Looking back, all of those factors point can be developed into an argument about the critique of the "10 point system", and the advocation of "judging the fight as a whole". I don't really want to go from the swimming pool and into the sea, so I'd like to end here and ask what do you guys think? Should end appearances matter when deciding a fight?