This is one of the biggest problems with judging in MMA right now- how TDs are scored. I don't completely disagree with that at times they are given too much emphasis especially when the TD leads to no dominate position, full control for a extended period, ground strikes landed or sub attempts. But in the past judges have close rounds to fighters that scored TDs regardless of how effective those TDs were. Round 1 was a close round but with 2 TDs I'd give it to McCall.
Problem is is that right now judging is wildly inconsistent. You have no freaking idea how one judge scores TDs compared to the judge sitting right to them and awarding a round.
I completely agree that TD's are scored differently from one judge to the next.
Personally if a fighter is taken down and literally the other fighter is able to get upright away without being damaged, then the takedown was ineffective and shouldn't score points.
The whole point of getting a takedown is to get you opponent to the mat so you can try to get a fight ending submission or ground and pound them with strikes into submission or TKO. If you fail to either ground and pound the fighter or go for submissions to end the fight then what have you accomplished?
This isn't a wrestling match, it's a mixed martial arts bout. Sure you show aggressiveness in taking someone down, but if you are ineffective in using that takedown to seriously put your opponent in a position to lose the fight or damage him, then quite frankly you've done nothing in my books especially if the fighter that has been taken down pops right back up (see Edgar take down Henderson).
Should a guy score points for putting an opponent up against the cage an holding him there in a stalemate for a few seconds before that fighter escapes?
The fighter holding him there and pressing him against the cage is dictating where the fight is going, but he isn't doing any damage or trying to put the other fighter in a position where he is in danger of losing. It is octagon control, but if it is only there for a few seconds how much value does one put into that when judging the outcome of a fight or a round?