Have you ever over reacted to a situation and actually made things worse? Examples like the US in Iraq pop into mind. Another example is the UFC freaking out about judging and opening the door to the CompuBox guys and their new ‘MMA scoring system’, CompuStrike. For those of you not familiar with the system, CompuBox is basically a statistical crunching system which ‘counts and categorizes punches thrown and connected in boxing matches.’ They’ve now ported their system to MMA where I’m sure it will wreak havoc within a year or so.
While on the surface I don’t have a problem for more information regarding fight statistics, the thought of this system being seen by judges scares the fuck out of me. The day rounds start being given to fighters based on their ‘hit percentage’ and ‘number of punches landed’ is the day I’m gonna fuck off and rededicate this blog to a real sport like competitive eating or something.
This isn’t soccer or basketball … you don’t get x number of points for putting a ball in the net and you don’t get a ‘score’ every time you manage to touch your opponent. You win by beating the other guy up worse than he beat you up. While it makes sense that the number of punches landed should matter, there’s going to be a fuckload of controversy down the road if it becomes a basis for judging criteria.