Perhaps it’s time to take a look at the rules the UFC operates under and see if things can be tweaked. The public has a better understanding of MMA as being a legitimate sport instead of underground cage-fighting, so some changes could be in order. For instance, is the “Ten Point Must” system really necessary? After all, it’s not as though numbers 1-6 ever come into play. Also, is the wording as clearly defined as it should be when it comes to how certain techniques or positions are scored? Major sports organizations like the NFL and MLB hold annual meetings to examine internal procedures. Following suit would be a nice step for the UFC as long as athletic commissions are on board.
The outrage over the scoring in Saturday night’s showdown between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and top contender Johny Hendricks was widespread with everyone from fans to former fighters to UFC President Dana White labeling it as an embarrassing example of officiating. Of course, strange scorecards are nothing new, and fighters have been told to avoid going the distance for years based on the risk involved by leaving the result in judges’ hands. Hopefully, the blunder occurring on a stage as large as UFC 167 will create the motivation necessary to finally address the problem in 2014. While human error will always factor into fights on some level, judging can be dramatically improved by implementing a few simple fixes. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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