Andy Foster is the Executive Officer California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). He recently penned an open letter in which he calls for change. If you are an MMA fan, it is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Props to MMA Mania’s CJ Tuttle for the find. CJ also wrote a well thought out companion piece titled ’The difference between a 10-8 and 10-9 round is having adverse consequences on MMA fighters’ in which he interviews Andy. Read it here.
The judging system used to score Mixed Martial Arts needs to evolve into something better.
The 10-9 system, developed and used in boxing, is not performing adequately in mixed martial arts. Why? The 10-9 must system used in boxing and MMA scores each round independently. Professional boxing is scheduled in even increments of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 (championship) rounds. Professional Mixed Martial Arts is scheduled in odd increments of 3 or 5 (championship) rounds.
In addition, MMA rounds are 5 minutes in duration, where boxing is only 3 minutes. The less number of rounds and increased duration per round in mixed martial arts creates a situation where a judge is required to score an individual round taking into account significantly more information that yields a much heavier weighted effect on the overall result of the fight.
For example, like we have recently seen, one competitor can win two rounds with a much larger margin, and the judges see the other competitor winning the other three rounds at a very close margin. The result is the winner on the scorecards is not the winner of the actual fight.
Again, I ask why?
A major reason is the lack of objectivity in scorning a 10-8 round in MMA. In boxing, 2 points are deducted (almost always) for a knockdown, and the judges in boxing are informed by the referee if the knockdown occurs. The boxing referee rules either a slip or knockdown, letting the judges know whether to deduct the 2 points.
No such objective criterion exists in MMA (nor should there be).
MMA is much more dynamic with literally geometrically increasing ways to “effectively strike” and “effectively grapple”. This lack of an objective measure of a 10-8 round in mixed martial arts has contributed to the “incorrect” decisions in the sport and the hesitation of a judge to write down 10-8 as the score.
Also troubling is the lack of an objective criteria for a 10-8 round creates an environment where it is possible that one judge scores a fight 10-8, the other two 10-9, and the end result on the final scorecard can create absurd or even bizarre results. The very nature of judging, if performed by trained and educated judges, is appropriately subjective, however, requiring judges to subjectively assess a 10-8 round based upon “effective striking” and “effective grappling” without a clear objective indicator like in boxing is unfair to the judge but more importantly it is unfair to the athlete being assessed.
We can and must do better.
Korea is the land of many things; BBQ, Kimchi, Samsung & Gangnam Style. It is also the home of incredibly good looking car show models and surgically altered pop starlets. The Fight Nation recently reported that ROAD FC has just given us something we we haven’t seen in a while. A smoking-hot ring girl who is also a fighter. I am officially in love.
TFN’s Wesley De Souza writes:
Say hello to ROAD FC’s Song Ga-Yeoun. She’s their newest ring girl. She’s a pretty face with a smoking hot body to match. She’s made her ring girl debut at ROAD FC 013 and it pretty much seems that the fans love her. Oh yeah, and by the way, did we mention that she could probably kick your ass too.
Song Ga-Yeoun was discovered by ROAD FC when she was just another pretty girl learning MMA. She trains out of GUMI MMA and she’s only 19 years old. From what we understand, she will be making her ROAD FC debut sometime in 2014. Judging from the video below, it does seem like this pretty face does have some skill. Do you think that she’ll cut it fighting inside the cage instead of walking around it? We’ll all have to wait and see. Till then check out the video of her training that was just released by ROAD FC.
The Korea Herald is reporting that as fighter, Song has a perfect 4-0 record. The organization also said that two of those wins came against a male fighter of same weight class. Lots of yummy pics of her on their site as well.
Me likey… Me likey a LOT.
Lots more Hot Chick pics after the jump:
As much as they would hate to admit it, Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz may have been destined to fight each other one last time. Their career paths, while diverging slightly in the middle, have followed a rather parallel trajectory. It seems only fitting that they meet once again to determine the next stage of their careers.
Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz both began their UFC careers starting out on The Ultimate Fighter season 5. Diaz submitted Maynard in the semifinals and went on to win the season. This first exhibition fight is what allows the UFC to bill Saturday’s contest as Maynard/Diaz III. After the season, Diaz became known as one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters, winning 7 fight night bonuses prior to his second bout with Maynard. He never quite gained contender status but he was a bankable commodity.
After The Ultimate Fighter, and the infamous no contest with Rob Emerson at the finale, Maynard put together a solid winning streak. Knocking off veterans such as Frankie Edgar, Roger Huerta and Jim Miller, Maynard was suddenly in title contention. But at the time, he needed one more signature win. Enter Nate Diaz. It was thought that defeating an exciting veteran like Diaz would have likely propelled Maynard into a title shot. However, the trash talk leading up to the bout turned out to be more exciting than the bout itself. Because of the nature of the split decision win, UFC brass was hesitant to grant Maynard the title shot, instead choosing to match Frankie Edgar up against then champion BJ Penn. Maynard would eventually get his shot at gold though after a dominant performance over Kenny Florian.
In his next two bouts against Edgar, two of the most memorable fights in UFC history, Gray Maynard would come up short. A draw at UFC 125 and a stoppage loss at UFC 136 would force Maynard back in line. A lackluster decision win over Clay Guida and another stoppage loss to TJ Grant leave Gray Maynard in no man’s land. At age 34, with 1 win in his last 4 fights; “The Bully” is fighting to stay relevant.
After the second bout the Maynard, Diaz would go on to have an unremarkable 2-2 stint in the welterweight division. Upon returning to the lightweight ranks, he rattled off three impressive victories over Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller that ultimately earned him a title shot. A loss to then champion Ben Henderson and a subsequent highlight knock loss to Josh Thomson leaves Diaz reeling as well.
And here we are again. The first fight was to get into the UFC. The second fight was to move towards title contention, the peak of the UFC. The third and likely final fight is to remain relevant, and quite possibly stay employed with the UFC. Somehow, out of all the trajectories in the UFC’s lightweight division, these two always seem to find each other, serving as a barometer in each phase of their career.
Check out the original post my by Tyler Keane
Singapore’s Royston Wee, Muay Thai and MMA coach for Impact MMA, is the first signing from the country to the UFC. He has a scant record of 2-0 – both fights two years ago – but was perhaps chosen for his striking background. Wee trains alongside fellow coaches and pro MMA fighters Alexsandro “Leke” Machado, Bruce Loh, and Juan Wenjie among others. Wee said, “I’m feeling excited and good about this fight.” “This fight” will be against the URCC Interim Bantamweight Champion Dave Galera. He bested Red Romero to take the belt on the same card in which fellow regional prospect and new signee Will Chope won the URCC Featherweight title. Galera is 5-0 and his strength lies in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He trains at Team Lakay, alongside fellow champs Eduard Folayang,Honorio Banario (URCC Lightweight Champ, former ONE FC Featherweight Champ), Kevin Belingon (URCC Flyweight Champ), Crisanto Pitpitunge (former PXC Bantamweight Champ), and Rey Docyogen (URCC Pinweight Champion). MMA-in-Asia has the full story.
After the outrage associated with the UFC 167 title fight between GSP and Johny Hendricks, it is natural that many would be calling for changes the way fights are scored. One of the great MMA writers of our time, Ben Fowlkes takes on ‘open scoring’ in a piece this week in MMA Junkie.
When you come at it from a purely theoretical standpoint, open scoring makes a lot of sense. Every other sport in the world tells you who’s winning before the match is over. Why not MMA? Why does it always have to be this tortured math problem where we add up effective strikes, subtract takedowns, multiply by “octagon control,” then divide by the square root of Cecil Peoples? Wouldn’t fighters rather know whether they’re winning or losing before their chance to do something about it is gone?
I thought so, but a quick, informal poll of some active MMA fighters yielded very few willing to voice a full and unwavering support for open scoring. Most sided with UFC flyweight contenderJoseph Benavidez, who worried that it would alter the action too much if fighters knew exactly what the score was.
Ben goes on to put together a pretty strong argument. Read the full story.
What do you think? Does open scoring make sense?
Each week, Tommy Toe Hold takes a satirical look at the goings on in MMA. Today: The UFC celebrates 20 years at UFC 167.
The final event of season nine tied up some loose ends, finding a winter home for the Bellator Middleweight championship, as well as closing out the Welterweight and Lightweight tournaments. The event took place from the Sand Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Bellator 109 main card also feature the former UFC fighter Terry Etim making his promotional debut. Here’s what I picked up on in those high-stakes bouts at Bellator 109.
Will Brooks: Confidence is a double edged sword in MMA. It can allow you to cut through layers of bullshit and hype, and it can also make you blind to your own mortality. We’ve seen Brooks when he’s forgotten that he can, in fact, be hurt in a fight, but tonight wasn’t one of those nights. Brooks fought a masterful game plan and executed it to perfection, walking directly into Tiger’s wheelhouse in the first round and not being afraid to box on the inside. This forced Tiger to square up to Brooks, whom would then take advantage of the lack of hip engagement and hit takedown after takedown.
The second round saw Brooks switch back to his long range style, working from the outside before blasting in with a takedown. It was clear by the middle of the second round that Sarnavskiy was finished and unsure of what to do as Brooks battered him over and over again from top position. It would take another round to make it official, but the writing was on the wall as Brooks manhandled the Russian. This sets up an interesting pairing with the winner of Alvarez vs Chandler 3 being Brooks next scheduled opponent. While I can’t see Brooks beating either fighter, he has a lot of down time to heal any nagging injuries and sharpen his tools, as this young fighter is ready to grow and dominate his weight class.
Rick Hawn: A less than stellar performance for Hawn turned into an exciting KO nonetheless, as Hawn turned on the juice in the 3rd round and starched Keslar with an overhand right. Hawn is starting to look his age in there, and welterweight is looking like a bad idea at this point, yet Hawn is set to face off against someone for the Bellator strap. Considering the issues he had with a journeyman like Keslar, I’m not sure we’ll see much of Hawn after this upcoming championship fight.
Alexander Shlemenko: Another fighter in the twilight of their career, Storm showed he still had more than enough firepower for Doug Marshall, pasting him with a shovel hook to the liver in the first round. Shlemenko’s reflexes are clearly starting to go and have been for the last year, yet it will take a razor-sharp opponent to take that belt from him without getting clobbered by his stout offense. Ward stands as his next test, but the young man’s swagger makes me think he’s walking into a severe ass whipping when this fight goes down.
For Complete Bellator 109 results, check out the original post by Mike Hammersmith, Featured Staff Writer at MMA Valor.
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So.. Glory World Series has some incredible ring girls, and guess what? You can watch them dance in their underwear in this video titled GLORY Girls Exposed. You’re welcome.
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Watch GLORY World Series 12 right here on iJF tomorrow November 23rd at 9/8c.
Props Bauzen from MiddleEasy for the find.
A few days ago we mentioned that Dare would be releasing the first episode of it’s 2013 season… well HERE IT IS!!
Dare Fight Sports proudly presents: IRON FIST vs THE JOE RAY.
The Opening Episode of The Million Dollar Tournament – Season 2013. Mixed Martial Arts On Its Original Stage by the Original Rule Set, From the Original Fight Capital of the World. DARE – Live from Bangkok Turn your speakers up and get your GAME ON!
Personally I have to congratulate the guys at Dare. They somehow won the approval of the Thai government for MMA. and this product is slick. Great looking ring girls, interesting commentating, and some unique pre-fight interviews combine with the exotic setting that is a Bangkok night club.
Check out more at darefightsports.com
The GLORY Lightweight World Championship Tournament hits The Theater at Madison Square this Saturday. For those of you in America, it airs LIVE on Spike TV, November 23rd at 9/8c. In the rest of the world, you can watch the PPV right here on iJudgeFights.
This is Glory’s second event on Spike and wull feature a one night, four man lightweight tournament & Giorgio Petrosyan. The multi-time Grand Prix champion is the clear cut #1 kickboxer in the world.
GLORY 12 NEW YORK FIGHT CARD
Superfights (airing online)
Artem Vakhitov vs. Nenad Pagonis
Brian Collette vs. Warren Thompson
Igor Jurkovic vs. Jhonata Diniz
Francois Ambang vs. Eddie Walker
Paul Marfort vs. Thiago Michel Silva
Live Stream Player is after the jump.