Jul 18, 2012 - I'll start this off by stating the
obvious. MMA judging is broken and it's going to take plenty of work to fix
That being said, the Association of Boxing Commissions (don't worry about the
name) knows this and they've outlined a few significant revisions to the Unified Rules of
MMA that will be voted on at next week's annual ABC conference.
There's a lot to go over here, so we'll cover all the bases after the
First off, in an effort to curb defensive gameplans, "effective defense" has
been slashed from the judging criteria. To quote the proposal: "Offensive
actions should be the only criteria used to score MMA matches. Offensive
fighters are fighters which carry the fight and push the action, and make the
fight happen ... Having two fighters avoid offensive actions and rely solely on
defense goes against the basic primary consideration of any combative
Somewhere, Clay Guida is crying.
Next, the system we have right now gives precedence to striking over
grappling when it comes to scoring rounds. No longer. The commission has
proposed to amend the criteria so that both striking and grappling are given
equal weight moving forward.
In doing so, the definitions for what constitutes "effective striking" and
"effective grappling" have been clarified.
The proposed new classification for "effective striking" favors power over
sheer numbers. Essentially, peppering your opponent to point-fight your way to a
decision could become a bit more challenging. Per the document: "Heavier strikes
that have a visible impact on the opponent will be given more weight than the
number of strikes landed. These assessments include causing an opponent to
appear stunned from a legal blow, causing the opponent to stagger, appearance of
a cut or bruise from a legal strike and causing the opponent to show pain ... If
neither fighter shows an advantage in impact of strikes, the number of strikes
will determine the most effective striker."
On the flip side, the bounds of "effective grappling" now extend to BJJ
players who specialize in active guards from the bottom. According to the
proposal, if a lay ‘n' prayer is inactive from the top while the opposing
fighter is constantly threatening with submissions off his back, the guy on
bottom takes the round.
The third amendment is basically a minor fix aimed at creating friendlier
public relations. The term "damage" will be removed from the judges' lexicon, in
the hopes that a less violent criteria may curb ignorance and help gain
sanctioning from reluctant state bodies.
Lastly, the new standards favor "effective striking" and "effective
grappling" more than "effective aggression," and far more than "cage
control" when tallying round scores. As such, the definition of every potential
score from a 10-10 to a 10-7 has been refined:
1. A round is to be scored as a 10-10 Round when both contestants appear to
be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows superiority by even a close
margin. This score should rarely be used.
2. A round is to be scored as a 10-9 Round when a contestant wins by a close
margin, landing the greater number of effective legal strikes, demonstrating
effective grappling, and utilizing other effective legal techniques.
3. A round is to be scored as a 10-8 Round when a contestant wins by a large
margin, by effective striking and or effective grappling that have great impact
on the opponent.
4. A round is to be scored as a 10-7 Round when a contestant totally
dominates by effective striking and or effective grappling, which put the
opponent in great danger throughout the round. In a 10-7 round referee stoppage
may be eminent. This score should rarely be used.
So there we have it. Just a reminder, none of this is final until the
commission has the opportunity to vote at next week's ABC conference.
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minutes of Hector Lombard and Tim Boestch preparing to be totalsavages. (Oh, and here's 16 more
minutes of Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao doing the same. Who says you need to
get work done today?)
A while back someone told Rener Gracie he couldn't leap out of a 3-foot pool.
And so he did it. But apparently that wasn't
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Be honest here. Where would you rate The Natural's acting chops in his latest
scene from Hijacked on a scale of 1-to-10?
So apparently Frankie Edgar's first fight was held in a gym with blood
stained floors, a barbed wire perimeter, no medical staff available, and people
fighting in jeans. What did Edgar do? He mounted the kid and headbutted the crap
out of him.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day sees Dangalvan fill your daily list fix with: The Top 20 Flyweights
7. John Dodson (13-5)
The fighter that moved up and down the most throughout the rankings process
was John Dodson. I don't know what to think about Dodson. He ran through the TUF
tournament, but he had a tough time against Tim Elliott. I'm willing to let the
Elliott fight slide because of the left hand injury he suffered during the
fight. The more I watch Dodson fight, the more I like him. His strongest
attribute isn't his speed, striking or wrestling, but his raw athleticism and
ability to grow so much from fight to fight. 6. Darrell Montague (11-2)
The flyweight that has been lost in the shuffle amongst the Ian McCall's and
Jussier da Silva's is Darrell Montague, and I don't know why. His loss to McCall
at TPF 10 was a tough loss, but Montague was game in that fight with his
striking. Montague is one of the best pure strikers at flyweight. What he needs
to work on his take-down defense and cardio. Working on those two things will
lead to great things in the 24 year-old's bright future. 5. Chris Cariaso (14-3)
I'm probably higher on Chris Cariaso then most people, but I think the praise
is well-deserved. Ever since bantamweight phenom Michael McDonald began to fight
under the ZUFFA banner, the only fighter to make him look human was Chris
Cariaso. Cariaso is a scrappy, well-rounded fighter that rarely finishes his
opponents, but his success is based on his take-down defense that allows him to
win his fights with his stand-up that is based around his power left. 4. Jussier da Silva (14-1)
The best news I heard all day yesterday was that the UFC signed Jussier da
Silva. Da Silva is one of the best flyweights on the world, and he has some
unfinished business with Ian McCall. Da Silva has more than adequate striking
skills, but his sole mission once the first bell starts is to take his opponents
down and submit them. Da Silva has an underrated shot, and his ability to
completely dominate his opponents on the ground is remarkable.
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