This article went up yesterday, and since the topic is still being debated, I thought I would post it.
Upon reviewing the article this morning, it does appear to be slanted against Peoples, but it's not intended to be entirely.
This is nothing more than a copy of Cecil's explanation of his method of scoring in the CageReport interview he did, and his comments also allow conclusions to be drawn about his interpretation of the rules and how the unified rules are being applied to modern MMA matches. After Cecil's comments, a passage from the unified rules are cited.
This is not meant to disparage Peoples; it's a quick piece comparing his application of the rules versus the actual rules themselves so the reader can determine if they're being implemented correctly.
Cecil Peoples, who represented one-third of the official judging team for UFC 104, explained his reasoning behind the controversial decision handed down in the Shogun Rua vs. Lyoto Machida main event in an interview with CageReport.
His statements appear in their entirety below, followed by citations from the unified MMA rules that pertain to (and on frequent occasion, conflict with) Peoples’ analysis. Where appropriate, allusions to relevant examples are noted for purposes of reference.
The rules are published here under section “13:46-24A.13 Judging”. The official rules categorize and define the following elements, in order of importance, to be used as the absolute judging criteria for an MMA fight: effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense.
We begin with the opening statement from Cecil Peoples on why he scored the fight for Lyoto Machida.
“First of all what you need to understand is that from where the judges are sitting, we get to see things that the fans at home may miss. Mauricio Rua was being aggressive but it wasn’t effective aggressiveness which is what we as the judges look for when scoring a fight.”
(h) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike.
Author’s note: “forward”
“The way I saw it, Lyoto was landing the more cleaner and damaging strikes throughout the fight – if you take a look at the judging criteria clean strikes are valued more-so than the quantity of strikes landed.”
(e) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed by a contestant.
Author’s note: “total number of legal heavy strikes”. Reference fightmetric.com’s technical analysis of the number of blows landed in the fight here.
“You have to keep in mind we always the favour the fighter who is trying to finish the fight, and leg kicks certainly don’t do that.”
FULL ARTICLE AT THE GARV