Just kinda throwin this out there.
I have some strong feelings on what's right and wrong with the current scoring system, and have always said "it's easier to complain about the problems than provide the solutions". So this is my attempt.
I'd love to hear some legit feedback on it.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 09:42
by Dallas Winston |
MMA's unified rules have been in place and unaltered since 2001, yet the sport has evolved significantly since that time. This is my first rough draft of the "Three Phase Scoring System" to better accommodate the present state of MMA.
Scoring aggression and defense as separate elements is eliminated because they are both individual constituents that make up effective offense. Raw aggression is too often mistaken as "effective aggression", and being effectively defensive is a minuscule but important facet of effective offense. Therefore, when a fighter is both effectively aggressive and effectively defensive, he is being the more effectively offensive fighter overall.
In the unified rules, a takedown is scored with a value comparable to locking a threatening submission or dropping a fighter with heavy strikes. Close submissions and damaging strikes represent pure offense and legitimate methods to end the fight, when a takedown is merely forcing your opponent into a different phase of combat. A takedown creates the opportunity for offense on the ground, and opportunities to create offense are not equal with offense itself. However, utterly dominating through the control of where a fight takes place is recognized under this system, but it's always inferior to effective offense, and reflected as such along with other comparable control-based techniques (see "Note 2").
The only time a referee will intervene is when a foul is committed or to check an injury. Currently, referee's "restart" the fight or "call for action" to prohibit stalling, which actually fosters more of it. Knowing that a referee will intervene to restart the fight in a different phase of combat, a fighter will intentionally seize or slow his activity to escape a position, when an increase of fighter activity is required to do so. In other words, the acting responsibility to avoid stalemates and stalling rests solely on the fighter and his ability to demonstrate offense. The referee's responsibility is to ensure safety and adherence to the rules.
Be aware that some guidelines are numbered "1a" and "1b", meaning they share equal status as the most important. "Note 1" explains that the technique representing the most significant threat to end the fight, i.e. the technique that endangers his opponent the most, takes top priority.
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