You don't judge fights on how you feel they should be scored, you judge them based on the criteria that is in place.
I concur. But under the current judging criteria put forth by the NSAC and supposedly carried by Marc Ratner (VP of Regulatory Affairs, former director of the NSAC) whenever the UFC goes overseas:
M. Domination Criteria
1. A Judge may determine that a fighter dominated his opponent in a round. This can lead to a two point or more difference on a Judge's scorecard.
2. The definition of a dominating round is a fighter's ability to effectively strike, grapple and control his opponent.
3. A Judge may determine a round was dominating if a fighter was adversely affected by one of the following:
-knocked down from standing position by clean strike
-by submission attempt
-from a throw
-from clean strikes either standing or grounded.
C. Point Totals
1. two fighters who draw are given a score of 10-10
2. the fighter who wins a round is given a score of 10-9
3.The fighter who dominates a round is given a score of 10-8 (a score of 10-7 is possible for a dominant round)
4.For each foul a fighter commits, a point is subtracted. This deduction can change a winning round to a draw. 9-9
I believe the round qualifies as 10-8. BJ was certainly adversely affected by the strikes so that's one prerequisite, and he was dominated by effective striking and control the entire round, which covers the other.
boxing and MMA are different beasts... you cant hand out a 10-8 so easily because you'll end up seeing stuff like a draw...
with only three rounds your basically telling me you have to dominate only one round to get a 10-8 and you're guaranteed a draw if judges score the other 2 rounds for the other fighter... you basically cant lose... and that does not make sense in MMA. 10-8 should be only for championship fights because there are more rounds but it should still be very rare to see one pop up.
the frankie v gray fight would be an example of a 10-8 in the first round. Frankie was pretty much done and got dropped on 3 separate occasions. he had wobbly legs and the only reason the ref didn't stop the fight was because it was for the belt.
now fitch laying on bj for four minutes without necessarily doing a lot of damage or going for submission attempts is not a 10-8...
if that were the case whenever someone slaps on a crucifix the round would be automatically a 10-8 no matter what. that would be ridiculous
Draws are not a judge's concern. Accurately applying the official judging criteria is.
Laying on BJ for four minutes without doing a lot of damage? Did you see BJ hiding behind those sunglasses after the fight? Just because he bruises slowly, doesn't mean he didn't get hurt. He got hurt so bad his spirit was broken, as evidenced by his post-fight comments.