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What is the solution to the judging problem?

E51502010-12-13 05:36:54 +0000 #1
So it seems everyone and their grandmother seems to think the judging in MMA is pretty crummy. But what's the solution?

1) Keep the same system, but hire better judges. (More informed unbiased people or former fighters/coachs? No boxing cross-over?)

2) Better defined scoring criteria. (How much is octagon control worth versus aggressiveness?)

3) Change to a "half-point" system (10-9.5,)

4) Completely move away from the 10-9 system. Come up with a new way to score MMA bouts

If 4, whats your idea for a new system?
bhorrrr2010-12-13 05:39:51 +0000 #2
i'd go with a combo of the first 3.
E51502010-12-13 06:16:42 +0000 #3
My idea for a new scoring system:

3 Judges, each can give away a maximum of 5 points per round.

1 point to the fighter who got the better of the striking

1 point to the fighter who got the better of the grappling

1 point to the fighter who decided where the fight took place (octagon control)

2 points to the more aggressive fighter.
Ash2010-12-13 06:41:09 +0000 #4
I guess the problem is, there're so many horrible judges in the sport. Peoples gets the brunt of the blame, but honestly, he's no worse than Dalby Shirley, Glenn Trowbridge, Adalaide Byrd, Tony Weeks, and a dozen other chumps that haven't taken the time to learn about the sport.

I guess giving the judges monitors would be helpful, if that could somehow be implemented without bias, but considering that I don't believe that the judges give a **** that they're doing a bad job, I don't see the problem being fixed anytime soon. The best hope, sadly, is that those guys retire or pass on.
cheeto1012010-12-13 06:53:54 +0000 #5
I demand a Leben option!
PITTFOX2010-12-13 07:21:36 +0000 #6
Better Judges. I mean whether it's the unifed rules or old Pride judging, proper judges "Should" get it right every time or at least be able to justify their scoring. Like I think maybe 10 people here could legitimately be judges for major MMA Orgs, whether it is current judging or older Japanese judging. Paying attention to detail and actually understanding what is going on is all it takes.



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