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10-8 Rounds

Posted 01-07-2010 at 12:37 AM by

There has been a lot of talk recently about scoring 10-8 rounds in MMA. I think that a fighter must be completely dominant for the entirety of the round t be awarded a 10-8 round. A specific example of this talk is about the Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans fight. Many fans wanted to see Silva get a 10-8 round in the third round due to the fact that Silva hurt Evans at the end of the round. The problem is that Silva did not do a good job following up with more strikes and he was not this dominant throughout the round.

This leads me to believe that many fans are thinking too much like a boxing judge. In boxing, the only thing being judged is striking. If a fighter drops their opponent, then that fighter is awarded a 10-8 round because they got the better of the exchanges in that round. In MMA there is a ground element, so a fighter must be dominant in all areas unless the fight is a pure standup battle. Even if a fighter's takedowns amount to nothing, if their opponent is not completely dominant, then the round should still be scored as a 10-9 round.

I don't think that MMA should focus on giving out 10-8 rounds more often at all. This works in boxing because fights vary from around 10-15 rounds for the most part. In MMA, most fights are 3 rounds. The significance of this is that more 10-8 rounds would lead to more draws. This essentially leads to more controversy. I believe that fighters should truly earn 10-8 rounds by completely dominating their opponents to the point where judges have no choice but to award a 10-8 round.

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    nathan.keith's Avatar
    I'm tired of rounds being individually judged in the first place. I mean what if some guy loses two rounds then comes back in the third? Who knows where a fourth round would take them? The point is he was winning at the end of the fight despite taking a beating early on. Shouldn't that be rewarded? I know it's something that'll never happen in combat sports but I dream of a day where judges are a thing of the past and fights go as long as the fighters can go.
    Posted 02-04-2010 at 02:30 PM by nathan.keith nathan.keith is offline
    nathan.keith's Avatar
    But I agree a 10-8 round needs to be extremely one sided to deserve that score
    Posted 02-04-2010 at 02:31 PM by nathan.keith nathan.keith is offline
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