UFC commentator Joe Rogan has opined on the changes needed to fix mixed martial arts judging, with an emphasis on awarding a fighter delivering damage when its worth more than the control its countered with.
Joe Rogan says points should be given to a fighter inflicting damage worth more than control
Hosting the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling on his famed podcast, Rogan brought up the idea of fixing the errors in MMA judging, in the wake of a number of questionable scorecards in recent times that have raised eyebrows. One of the recent controversial scorecards had been Sterling’s UFC 273 outing against Petr Yan, in which the champion claimed that it was unfair for him to not get a single 10-8 round scoring.
The commentator’s idea of fixing the errors in judging is to reward the fighter doing more damage, especially when the damage dealt was worth more than the other fighter having control, which is strikingly similar to what the current ruling in the sport dictates.
“Maybe there’s a way to score it like you would give points for moments in fights where someone either did damage or someone had control, but control was not worth as much as damage,” said Rogan, “Because you can survive control unscathed. Just because someone has you down maybe in half-guard, and you’re just clinching and controlling, you can survive that for a couple minutes sometimes, and nothing happens.”
“Even though the person’s in control of you, it’s not that big of a deal. But then damage: How much more is damage worth? Like if you see the person gets wobbled or you see like a big, impactful kick, you’re like, ‘Wow, that was a significant moment in the fight. So that would be worth more,’” he added. [H/T MMA Junkie]
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