Originally Posted by SM33
The solution is sat right in front of them, use the TUF system. Non-Title fights are 2 rounds, if they draw then a decision must be made from the 3rd round. Title fights same, 4 rounds, if a draw then go to fifth.
This inspires aggression and takes away judging inconsistencies. If it goes to the final round, fighters will be thinking 'shit I might be down on the cards' and they will try for the finish. And with the judges, if the fight rounds are of even numbers (2 and 4) instead of uneven numbers (3 and 5), they won't get away with bad decisions so easily, because if it's pretty close, they know everyone will be wanting the deciding round. If it doesn't go to deciding round, the points winner should be quite clear - less rounds to score = less complications, points winner will be obvious.
2 & 4?!
No good imo. Here's why:
I understand your point: the fighters having less time to make an impression and this way they are encouraged to be more aggressive and to finish the fight. But even in this system: if a fighter wins the 1st rd and in the 2nd he gets a TD and lays on his opponent, that fight is pretty much over.
TUF has shown us too many examples of boring fights, when one fighter just mimicked a blanket in the 2nd rd, because he knew he was leading on points. Inf act, the first fight of this season's show is a very good example of that.
And using this logic - let's make the fights 1 rd fights! This way we will have a clear winner, no doubt!
The 3 & 5 system is pretty good actually, it's just that from time to time some retards manage to f**k everything up, because they can't score 5 minutes of fighting.
PLus, we have so many examples of fights that were 20-18 for a certain fighter after 2 rds and in the 3rd round the other fighter got the T/KO or the sub, something that woudn't have happened in a 2 rds fight system.
Something else: don't forget the sponsorhip aspect of today's MMA.
The UFC gets a lot of money from big sponsors who want their name to appear on TV for as long as possible.
If you cut 1 rd from a 3 rds fight, that means the sponsors could pottentially lose 33% of exposure.
And on a title fight - 20%.
I don't think they would enjoy that.
And, last but not least, maybe the most important aspect imo: PPVs - the UFC/MMA in general, just won a lot of new fans in the last years, by offering them good fights. Goof vavlue for the money.
I don't believe the fans would appreciate paying the same ammount of money for a PPV and getting less action.
That could lead to a drop in PPVs ---> less incomes ---> Dana hates that.