The reason they have the ten point must system is likely because the commissions suddenly needed licensed judges immediately upon the passage of MMA regulation. So using the judges and system they had in place for boxing actually made some sense, at least from a necessity standpoint, if not actual wisdom.
But there's no where near the judging crossover now that there was a decade ago. I'd think you could introduce a new judging system without confusing anyone.
Personally, though using half points is stupid, I still like this better than the current system. In the current system, even though 10-10 and 10-7 rounds are expressly allowed, the commissions teach the judges that they're being paid to determine who won a round and that if a round should be scored 10-7, that means the referee should go to jail for allowing the fight to continue.
So if the commissions implement the half point system and actually let the judges use it, it would at least be better than it is now.
Although I should say that I think that some of the scoring criteria for this system is terrible. Marks on someone's face ≠ damage. People mark up at different rates, it doesn't mean they're taking more or less damage. Case in point, in the ring against Fitch, BJ's face looked pretty good in the third round, physically at least, not the expression. At the post fight presser, he was hiding his swollen eyes behind sunglasses. Fitch should get the same amount of credit for pounding BJ silly as he would for landing the same strikes on Nick Diaz who used to cut like a ripe tomato before he got his scar tissue/eyebrow surgery.
By the way, the chief architect of this system is Doc Hamilton. I realize it was only one fight, but he gave Garcia the nod over the Korean Zombie. I just thought it was worth a mention. Even though I like his intentions of more varied round scores, adding damage as a scoring criteria, and having a technical judge eliminate ties, I don't think it's a panacea.
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