There has been much debate recently about the reliability of judging in MMA. Shogun vs. Machida 1, Penn vs. Edgar, Vera vs. Couture, Griffin vs. Ortiz (either), Garcia vs. Korean Zombie. Because of this, people have been postulating ideas on how to improve MMA judging, and this has got me thinking:
What abut presumptive decisions relying on statistics from fight metric or compustrike. These programs measure the number and effectiveness of strikes round by round and statistically determine the winner of each round. What if judges had access to these at each round, and could use these stats to determine who won the round? In other words, these stats would elicit the presumed winner of each round. If, however, the judges decided the other person won the round for whatever reason (say a big knockdown), they would be forced to justify their decisions with a written explanation as to why. For instance, in the Griffin vs. Rampage fight, Griffin landed more strikes in the first round, but Rampage knocked Griffin down. Judges could have access to the compustrike stats but depart from the decisions given Rampage's knockdown.
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