Furthermore, how would rounds be scored where the fighters remain standing for the entire five minutes? So, while a point system is an improvement, it still leaves too many loopholes that prevent it from being the best method for scoring fights.
The easiest solution would be to have no rounds. The fight can only end when one fighter can no longer go on, whether it is by knockout, submission or pure exhaustion. This was how it worked in the early days of the UFC, but it caused events to go beyond the allotted pay-per-view time. Nowadays, the athletic commissions would never allow it, either. For the sake of fighter safety, this is probably a good thing.
If the bell rings at the end of the final round without a knockout or submission, let the judges decide who won the fight as one unit, with no round-by-round scoring.
The primary criteria for scoring should remain the same. The most important factors are effective striking and grappling. The damage inflicted with strikes and the threat of being submitted should weigh much more heavily than the sheer numbers of strikes landed or a fighter being in what is traditionally known as a superior position. It is much more unlikely that both aspects can be considered equal over 15 or 25 minutes than it is for them to be considered equal within a five-minute round.
In the rare instance where a judge decides neither combatant had an edge, that judge should rule the bout a draw. We should also increase the number of judges from three to five. Specifications for Handwrapping Return to Top. Mouthpieces Return to Top. Protective Equipment Return to Top. Gloves Return to Top. Apparel Return to Top. Appearance Return to Top.
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