Is the problem a bad scoring system or bad judges?

Good judges can transcend questionable criteria. Athletic commissions are bloated and filled with scores of unqualified people who all have each other's backs politically because it's not about merit, it's largely who you know and the games you're willing to play. 

 

Some suggestions:

  • Change the length of rounds to 2 1/2 minutes. This helps remove the bias in favor of activity late in the round.
  • Make it 7 rounds for non-title fights, 11 rounds for title fights.
  • No round can be scored a draw.
  • Award 1 point to winner of a round, 0 points to loser of the round.
  • After a takedown a fighter has 30 seconds to advance position, begin ground and pound, or attempt a submission.
  • ^ Same for wall 'n' stall against the cage. After 30 seconds, ref re-sets them in the middle of the cage.
  • Ref gives single warnings for failure to engage, losing mouthpiece, nut shots, eye gouges, etc. Regardless of the type of "accidental" foul, any subsequent foul results in loss of that round. (No need to deduct points, because each round is scored 1 or 0 / win or lose.
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Some suggestions:

  • Change the length of rounds to 2 1/2 minutes. This helps remove the bias in favor of activity late in the round.
  • Make it 7 rounds for non-title fights, 11 rounds for title fights.
  • No round can be scored a draw.
  • Award 1 point to winner of a round, 0 points to loser of the round.
  • After a takedown a fighter has 30 seconds to advance position, begin ground and pound, or attempt a submission.
  • ^ Same for wall 'n' stall against the cage. After 30 seconds, ref re-sets them in the middle of the cage.
  • Ref gives single warnings for failure to engage, losing mouthpiece, nut shots, eye gouges, etc. Regardless of the type of "accidental" foul, any subsequent foul results in loss of that round. (No need to deduct points, because each round is scored 1 or 0 / win or lose.

My suggestion would be to extend the rounds to two 10 minute rounds. It  is mma not boxing and 2 1/2 minute rounds is not enough time for ground fighters to work. 5 minutes is not really either. 10 minute rounds is a long time to fight so give the fighters a 3 minute break in between to listen to their corners and recoup. Pride had their first round as a 10 minute round and most fights did not make it out of the first round. With 10 minute rounds you see a lot more mma action and a lot more finishes imo. Add in Prides yellow cards for stalling and you have yourself a good start for a better mma system.

^^^ and, of course, if the fight goes to a decision the judges need to score the fight on it's entirety. ^^^

Both. 

Any champ other than Jones would've lost that fight tho, IMO. Jones has an aura and reputation, and I think that influenced judging a bit.

Absolutely judges. If the 10pm system was utilized correctly (new unified rules are pretty close) then it would be sufficient. Problem is, not everyone is adopting them and even those commissions that are, still have judges stuck in the old scoring style. 

It is both the scoring system and the judges. Removing the responsibility from the athletic commissions would likely help, instead employ former fighters, trainers, even media members etc but this is hard to keep clean and regulate.

 

An simpler/quicker fix would be for judges to actually use 10-10 and 10-8 (and 10-7) rounds more appropriately, and to have the rounds scored by 5 or 7 or even 9 judges rather than 3