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Crooklyn’s Corner 20: Sean Sheehan discusses the intricacies of MMA judging

Episode 20 discussion: Stephie interviews Severe MMA’s Sean Sheehan about the intricacies of MMA judging criteria.

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Welcome to Crooklyn’s Corner, the podcast that’s basically a hodgepodge of topics focused on the combat sports and entertainment community. The show will feature special interviews, fantasy matchmaking/analysis and whatever else we can come up with to keep our listeners steeped in fresh and engaging content. The show is hosted by Stephie Haynes and airs when needed to fill gaps in our Bloody Elbow Presents podcast network.

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Here is a summary of the topics discussed or questions asked. Time stamps won’t always be available as our conversations tend to be very fluid and bounce back & forth frequently. However, when fantasy matchmaking and analysis is the focal point of an episode, we will definitely timestamp when each fight breakdown begins. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as I enjoyed recording it.


  • What made you start educating yourself so intensively on the scoring and judging criteria?
  • Give us a rundown of changes to the criteria that have happened over the last 3-5 years
  • Is the criteria universal or does it change overseas where promotions also act as their own commission?
  • 10- 8 scoring criteria
  • You famously scored round 2 of Mackenzie Dern vs. Marina Rodriguez a 10-9 rather than a 10-8. Why?
  • Thoughts on open scoring
  • Thoughts on Volkanovski-Holloway fights from a scoring standpoint
  • Was round 3 of Volkanovski-Ortega the greatest round of a title fight ever?
  • Ever had moments where a second viewing of a fight changed your mind on your initial score?
  • Fights and/or cards you’re looking forward to most

*Here’s Sean’s video on MMA judging criteria

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