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.