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UFC News: Max Holloway wants reform to MMA judging; agrees to be on panel to help make changes

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Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was disappointed by the judging at UFC 247. Joe Rogan and Dominick Cruz called for a change in the scoring system by involving the best minds in Mixed Martial Arts.

Max Holloway, Joe Rogan

Jon Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight title with a victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 in favour of Jon Jones.

Joe Rogan wants reforms in MMA judging

UFC commentator Joe Rogan went off at the judges during the UFC 247 broadcast and criticized the current scoring system.

I can’t argue about this enough. I can’t get angry enough,” Rogan said (via – MMA Mania). “I’ve done it so many times. For anyone to think that was 4-1 Jon Jones, that person’s insane! They’re insane. Dominick Reyes put on a hell of a fight tonight and to disrespect that performance by that kind of judging is insane.”

It’s unfortunate because it’s one of the biggest sports in the world, it’s – in my opinion – the most exciting sports in the world,” Rogan continued. “Incompetent judging. Incompetent judging and a poor system. If we got together the best minds in mixed martial arts and the best journalists and fighters and they tried to figure out a way that we could agree on a scoring system that makes more sense, it would be nice.”

And clearly there’s a giant issue with people judging that really don’t understand martial arts,” he added. “They judge boxing. Boxing you’re dealing with two weapons. A variety of different ways to use them, but two weapons. With mixed martial arts there’s just so much more to it.”

Max Holloway agrees to be on the panel to help make changes in MMA judging

Former UFC featherweight champion agreed with Joe Rogan’s statement regarding the reforms necessary in the scoring system in MMA. He sent out multiple tweets on this and also offered to be on the panel to help make changes.

Is our sport the only major sport where you don’t see score until game is over? What would harm be in judges showing their scores after each round? Honest question not a diss,” Holloway tweeted.

Would be nice to know where it’s been tried like Glory and all issues and how or why we can’t solve those issues. Fighters already run and hold when they guess they’re up. Does it change a lot if they know, can we penalize running, etc,” Holloway wrote.

As a martial artist it feels like I would rather know what judges are scoring even if I don’t agree than be in the dark but maybe I feel diff if I know all issues?” Holloway wrote.

Or do an hour long special where we can explore it. @joerogan and @DominickCruz care. I’ll show up if you want me to. Not interested in being right. I want us to find right answer. Best way is to bring more ppl to table,” Holloway finally concluded.

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