Well, I wasn’t sure how many people were gonna agree w/some of what I said about the judging at Saturday night’s UFC 119. But given the feedback I got, it looks like the internet forum fanboys aren’t the only ones who thought the judging was suspect.
I think there are a few reasons why the judging is so strange in MMA at times.
1 – some judges still just don’t know WTF they’re looking at (and NO, I’m not gonna name names)
2 – clashes in styles (more on that in a second)
3 – regardless of what they’re supposed to do, I think judges give more weight to certain things than others, which leads into…
4 – see #1
See, here’s the thing. Everybody bitches about wrestlers and ‘lay and pray’. Problem is this though…you’ve got guys that are fighting each other whose styles clash into a situation, where, if the judge doesn’t know WTF he’s looking at, he can’t (necessarily) score it accurately.
Say a wrestler is fighting a BJJ black belt. The wrestler shoots in for the takedown, and the BJJer may fight it, or if the shot is real good, he’ll just go with it and pull guard, b/c as a BJJer, pulling guard is actually his offensive position. But then it looks like the wrestler went for something, got it, and ‘imposed his will’. But did he?
Then you’ve got what I call the “Sugar Ray Leonard” syndrome.
In his heyday, Sugar Ray was notorious for ‘surviving’ a round, not really pressing any offense or trying to do anything, being able to keep from absorbing any punishment, then land a few jabs or a combination or two in the last 15-30 secs to ‘steal’ the round.
Well, now you’ve got wrestlers (many times) doing the same thing in the MMA w/takedowns.
It’s all within the rules (even if everybody thinks….knows?…it’s really kinda bullshit), and it gets the “W”, but it ends up
making for lousy fights and pissed off fans.
If the orgs/feds/commissions wanna change this, then they’re gonna have to change the rules and/or how points are scored.
They did it to BJJers. It’s no secret that traditional BJJ (or even Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – as was made famous in the UFC) had to be adapted to MMA as it was sanctioned in the States. BJJ is a very passive art, where you conserve energy, wait for you opponent to make a mistake, and capitalize on it.
(Hence many of Royce’s old fights going so long, and even the idea that when he fought in the 2000 Pride Grand Prix, that he wanted unlimited rounds – special rules just for him.)
Not in sanctioned MMA, though – too boring and not enough aggressiveness. The art had to be changed and adapted to make it more viewer and fan-friendly. Well, if they don’t want fans to keep getting pissed off, they may have to do the same w/the takedowns.
If I were you, though, I wouldn’t wait around for the rules to get changed. Prolly ain’t happening any time soon.
So, if you’re a fighter, and don’t want this kinda thing happening to you, you’d best better be able to impose your will, strategy, fighting style, and gameplan on your opponent.
And if you don’t wanna get beat in the last 30 secs of a round, you’d damn well better be in shape.
Because being gassed at the end of the round is a SURE WAY to let that guy get those takedowns, score those points w/the judges (that may or may not know WTF they’re looking at), and maybe even cost you the fight.
Nobody wants to lose like that…really…esp if it’s happening b/c you’re just too damn tired to keep it from going down that way.
Don’t be too tired. Have a better gas tank. Be more explosive. Have more strength. Be able to outwork and out-hustle your opponent.
How? Simple – get the ‘Championship Edition 2.0′ MMA workout program.
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