With seven of his nine losses coming by way of decision, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is more than familiar with the way scoring works. However, that doesn’t mean he likes it. In fact, the 29-year old went so far as to “retire” after his last two tilts based on the way points were handed out.
Diaz spoke some about his problem with the current system in an interview with Bloody Elbow, expressing confusion about judges apparently awarding athletes who lack technical ability rather than those who are more effective with their efforts.
“It’s all geared toward this certain scoring criteria that’s really ass-backwards,” said Diaz. “When I fought Sean Sherk, he threw punches in the air and moved around a little more than I did. He threw combinations that weren’t even landing or doing any damage. [MMA judges] don’t know what they’re doing out there, and I’ve proven it. I’ve f*cking proven it, over and over again.”
“Spastic movements are made on account of a lack of technical aspects. So some fighters try to make up for this lacking technical aspect with some sort of frantic, spastic movement,” he continued. “And they’re awarding points for more of that stuff. They spazz out, all over the fucking place. And, all of a sudden, at the end of the fight, you realize … Hector Lombard lost [to Tim Boetsch]? What the f*ck is that? He landed all the clean shots and stood his ground. That dude [Boetsch] had to bounce around and move around all over the place. Frantically!”
Though the 26-9 Diaz didn’t voice any desire to return to the ring himself, the Stockton scrapper is attempting to help change the system by providing an outlet for like-minded fighters in the form of WAR MMA. The organization, headed by Diaz, has structured rules and the ring to be better suited for competitors interested in avoiding relatively cheap paths to victory such as cutting an opponent with elbows or stalling on the ground.