Last night, the Swick/Burkman snoozefest went to a decision, and something seemed a bit odd about the scorecards: 29-28, 29-28, 29-29 in favor of Mike Swick. In other words, two judges gave it to Mike and one called it a draw.
A draw??? Here I was thinking the 10-point must system didn’t allow for tie rounds, but it turns out judges CAN score 10-10 rounds. They just rarely do.
I’m not going to say I disagree with the call … in fact, if there was ever a fight that deserved to be called a tie, then it was Swick vs Burkman. I’m just still in shock at the realization that for the past several years of my life I had no idea what the actual rules regarding this were.
I’m torn, though. On one hand, a lot of rounds in MMA truly do deserve to be called ties, but it opens a huge can of worms: no one wants to see a tie. And if all of a sudden the judging at UFC Fight Night reminds other judges they can just pass the buck and declare a tie on close fights, I have a feeling we’re gonna see a lot more.