I take all things into consideration. There were multiple fouls from Leon and only one point deduction. Whether there was no point deductions, 4, or 1, doesn’t matter to me. Who do you think I can say is the better fighter out of these 2?
Rounds introduced a way to win a fight without finishing. That is not good.
Allowing another round is just allowing another way for a fighter to not have incentive to finish but incentive to establish slight momentum and ride it out until the time runs out.
Just that some of the fights I listed could have benefited from an extra round.
Granted, all those guys are straight up fighters, so a true battle would have continued.
Another 2 examples would be Hendo vs Rashad and Machida.
2 fights Taylor made for Hendo to lose decisions based on points and his opponents unwillingness to engage in significant exchanges.
Make those 5 round fights, and there’s more chances for it to get “ugly”, which favors a Hendo finish.
If refs were more consistent, I might be in favor of “ref rounds”.
Start with the Pride 10 minute rounds, and when the time is up, the ref is on the clock and decides when to end it.
In other words, if someone is in a submission and close to tapping, or on the ground getting pounded – he has to escape.
The red will not end the round when someone is clearly threatening to finish the fight.
If there’s a stalemate or the guys reset on their feet – ref blows the whistle and the round ends.
That could be 10 and a half minutes or 12 minutes.
Point is, the guy in trouble has to save himself.
Would eliminate guys being saved by the bell, and also encourage a finish over stalling for points.
The longer the round the longer the rest between – and do at least 2 10 minute rounds before switching to 5.
Problem with that is it introduces a whole other set of potential controversial situations.
But I’m just riffing off the top of my head.
I am not a fan of the current scoring and round structure.
I preferred Pride rules.
I do think you need some kind of round or time limit though.
Otherwise you could really favor a strong wrestler to lay & pray – or the opposite, a submission guy but scooting and/or stalling.
Too much are put into close decisions. Close decisions don’t mean anything really. Neither guy could beat the other. But still someone needs to win and lose. The fight should be scored as a whole and draws more common yes.