Why MMA Judging Won't Change: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
It seems like there is a discussion, after every event, about how terrible the judging was.
Think about the last couple UFC cards, people argued about Franklin/Silva, and after the TUF finale people argued about Sanchez/Guida. This leaves me with a few questions. Sure, both these fights were close but...
Is there a common denominator? Is there a bias? What can be done to fix the system?
More directly, how can we judge a fight and keep everyone happy?
The fact is that we can’t.
Judging is not designed to keep everyone happy. It is designed to declare a winner. There is not a single sport that has a flawless judging system. Not MMA, not figure skating, not ski jumping. There is not a single one, and there never will be.
If you think you can name one, please prove me wrong.
Do judges need more training?
No matter how well trained judges are, they will remain human. They will use their discretion to judge who won the fight.
Now, our good friends at Merriam Webster define judge as:
1: to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises
2: to sit in judgment on : try
3: to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation
4: govern, rule —used of a Hebrew tribal leader
5: to form an estimate or evaluation of ; especially : to form a negative opinion about
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Re: Why MMA Judging Won't Change: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
No one is expecting judging to be flawless. More consistency is an absolute necessity though. The rules are vague and subjective, it would be better if there was a more clearly defined way to judge the fights.
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