There’s been a lot of discussion and debate lately about judging in MMA (what else is new right?), and more specifically, what can be done to improve how fights are scored. Case in point, Cole Miller has captured more than a few headlines recently thanks to comments he’s made about the situation, which he argues has cost him two of his last four fights.
Miller believes that far too often “unqualified people” are judging fights, and “Magrinho’s” certainly not the only person to make the argument. In fact, one of the men Miller recently blasted for criticizing his ATT teammates, Conor McGregor, recently had this to say about the status of MMA judging. (comment via Bloody Elbow.com).
“It’s definitely good to put the judges under the spotlight and make them accountable for their actions. It will make guys more cautious and more hesitant to score the guy correctly. There is big business on the line here and a loss is crippling, know what I mean? Me personally, I would love to scratch it all and do no time limit, no separation, no nothing. Let the contest go and it’s over when it’s over. People say, ‘We want a finish!’ Trust me, someone will break, no time (limit), a man will break.”
Wow. How about that? No time limits. No judges. That’s pretty old school. Now of course that would certainly solve all of the scoring issues and would deliver finishes, but clearly it’s not going to happen. It would be nice to see more accountability brought into the mix as McGregor mentioned. In addition, it would be great to see more fighters rewarded for inflicting damage and looking to end a fight, rather than just controlling (stalling) the action.
In terms of McGregor, the Irish fighter hasn’t fought since UFC FN 26 when he scored a UD win over Max Holloway. The rising featherweight required knee surgery after the bout and is expected to be out until early to mid 2014.
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