BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: (L-R) Opponents Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin face off after making weight during the UFC 147 weigh in at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drummond on June 22, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Scoring controversies are nothing new to MMA. With such a vague scoring system there is always going to be something to argue about, and one of the major things is the great 10-9 vs. 10-8 debate. The second round of the UFC 147 main event between Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin was the most recent example. A lot of people scored it 10-8, and Dana White thinks it should have been a 10-8 as well. He spoke about it after the fight (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"I'm happy with the main event. Wanderlei and Rich are both warriors and have been around a long time. Rich came back from an unbelievable beating and near finish to win the fight. I think Mario Yamasaki did a great job in not stopping the fight. Obviously, Rich was able to continue. I gotta go back to judging again. In the earlier fight, they had a 10-8 round in a fight that was a draw -- and they don't make the Wanderlei-Rich round a 10-8 round for Wanderlei? So inconsistent. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I want to see more fighters get involved in judging and reffing. It's gonna be a problem for a little while here, until the athletic commissions start focusing on it."
Personally, I thought it was a pretty clear 10-9. Yes Silva was close to finishing the fight, but Franklin won the first four minutes of the round. I firmly believe you have to take the whole round into account, not just the most important highlights that happen withiin it. But that's just me. I'll put up a poll to see what y'all think. You can catch Dana's whole interview with Fuel TV below the jump.
How did you score the second round of the UFC 147 bout between Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin?
10-9 Silva (969 votes)
10-8 Silva (1346 votes)
Some other score that makes no sense (163 votes)
2478 total votes