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UFC's Joe Rogan rips commissions, 10 point must scoring

The UFC's commentator tore into the way MMA fights are scored and the commissions who oversee the sport on a recent Fox Sports podcast.


Joe Rogan calls the action for almost every UFC event but he doesn't have to like everything about the way the sport is judged and regulated. In fact, when it comes to athletic commissions and the scoring system mandated by the MMA unified rules, he's got nothing good to say.

Rogan was a guest on Fox Sports' Fighter and the Kid podcast and let it rip:

"Scoring is very flawed," said Rogam. "It's flawed in a bunch of different ways. The biggest reason it's flawed is because of the 10-Point Must system which was adopted from boxing. That might work in a 12-round fight. 12, three minute rounds is very different than three, five minute rounds. Three, five minute rounds, you're going 10-9 on rounds that either guy could win and then the next round a guy could get taken down, busted up, dropped, and you score that a 10-9 as well. That makes no f---ing sense. The system in place right now, the scoring system, is from boxing and they need to develop one just for MMA.

"The (athletic commissions) don't do s---. It's the same reason this C.J. Ross lady is still a f---ng judge, or was a judge, until she stepped down. The athletic commissions do a woefully inadequate job on several levels. The UFC can't dictate who judges. the UFC can't dictate who referees. The UFC can't dictate what the rules are. They can't do anything. They can work with the commission to try to give suggestions and come up with ways around problems, but ultimately it's the job of the athletic commission."

I have to say I completely agree with Rogan on both counts. The 10 point must was never a particularly good fit for MMA but it was adopted at a time when getting regulated by commissions was critical for the sport's survival. I think it's past time to re-examine how we score the sport.

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