Garth from Flying Guard Pass has put up a post going into detail on the 10 point must system, which I’ve always found weird. Why is it ten points when the biggest differential between one guy and another is two points? Why the hell don’t they just make it a 2-point must system instead? Are low numbers just too lame? Is it so Mauro Renallo can make 10-inch must jokes when Gina Carano’s fights go to a decision?
Anyways, I’ve said in the past that the problems we’re having are judging problems and not scoring problems. Why in God’s name are we trying to dummy proof a system when we should just be telling dummies to fuck off? Everyone understands that a close fight can go either way … that’s just how things are. However, the controversy here is when a good 90% of the watching public completely disagrees with an obviously bad decision.
MMA isn’t rocket science. Okay, sure there’s a lot to take into account but even the average joe can get a general idea of how a fight is going and who’s winning. The current judging criteria is about as clear as it can be without going down the path to hell and counting every punch, kick, and shoot.
Honestly, why all the hate towards the 10-point must system? When you boil it down to it’s bones, it’s pretty straight forward:
- Fighter X won this round
- Fighter X dominated this round
Those are the only two options. And I guess that’s why people aren’t happy: There’s a lot of cases where a round is too close to call, or a tie. But seriously people, what the hell do you want? Do you enjoy ties? Was the result of Tito Ortiz vs Rashad Evans pleasing to you? Granted that was a tie for point deductions, but once you allow for ties strictly from the scoring criteria, you’re gonna have TONS of ties. And that would suck the world’s largest dong.
So in the end I say this: Don’t change the point system. Don’t start counting different kinds of attacks and defenses. The system is fine as it is. It’s the retard judges that are fucking things up. Set up some kind of accountability system for that, and the problem is solved.