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Old 06-03-2006, 04:54 AM
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Originally posted by Halftime Gold
The problem is IMHO that their trying to judge to boxing style criteria in order to try and look more legitimate. The difference is that most point scoring in boxing does come from an effort to win the fight where as if you place such massive weight on the wrestling aspect you end up rewarding tatics that make no effort at all to do so.
Here are the rules that come down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission:

13:46-24A.13 Judging

(a) All bouts will be evaluated and scored by three judges.

(b) The 10-Point Must System will be the standard system of scoring a bout. Under the 10-Point Must Scoring System, 10 points must be awarded to the winner of the round and nine points or less must be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even round, which is scored (10-10).

(c) Judges shall evaluate mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense.

(d) Evaluations shall be made in the order in which the techniques appear in (c) above, giving the most weight in scoring to effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area and effective aggressiveness and defense.

(e) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed by a contestant.

(f) Effective grappling is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown and reversals. Examples of factors to consider are take downs from standing position to mount position, passing the guard to mount position, and bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard.

(g) Fighting area control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout. Examples of factors to consider are countering a grappler’s attempt at takedown by remaining standing and legally striking ; taking down an opponent to force a ground fight; creating threatening submission attempts, passing the guard to achieve mount, and creating striking opportunities.

(h) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike.

(i) Effective defense means avoiding being struck, taken down or reversed while countering with offensive attacks.

(j) The following objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring a round;

1. A round is to be scored as a 10-10 Round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows clear dominance in a round;

2. A round is to be scored as a 10-9 Round when a contestant wins by a close margin, landing the greater number of effective legal strikes, grappling and other maneuvers;

3. A round is to be scored as a 10-8 Round when a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

4. A round is to be scored as a 10-7 Round when a contestant totally dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

(k) Judges shall use a sliding scale and recognize the length of time the fighters are either standing or on the ground, as follows:

1. If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round on the canvas, then:
i. Effective grappling is weighed first; and
ii. Effective striking is then weighed

2. If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round standing, then:
1. Effective striking is weighed first; and
2. Effective grappling is then weighed

3. If a round ends with a relatively even amount of standing and canvas fighting, striking and grappling are weighed equally.

So let me take it individually:

(e) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed by a contestant.
Total number I gotta give to GSP. Penn had the eyepoke and uppercut (opening up the nose) in the 1st round, but GSP had the most strikes landed.

(f) Effective grappling is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown and reversals. Examples of factors to consider are take downs from standing position to mount position, passing the guard to mount position, and bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard.
Gets a little gray here. GSP wins big-time based on the 1st sentence. But the 2nd sorta contradicts the 1st. GSP had all the takedowns (but one), but they ended up with him in Penn's guard. So he had "legal takedowns" but didn't go from standing to mount.

(g) Fighting area control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout. Examples of factors to consider are countering a grappler’s attempt at takedown by remaining standing and legally striking ; taking down an opponent to force a ground fight; creating threatening submission attempts, passing the guard to achieve mount, and creating striking opportunities.
Gotta give GSP this as well. Penn seemed to lose interest in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. GSP had Penn up against the cage on multiple occasions and seemed to be in control when they clinched.

(h) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike.
I think GSP has a slight advantage here. This seems to be a little like the previous rule.

(i) Effective defense means avoiding being struck, taken down or reversed while countering with offensive attacks.
Well, this might go to Penn, but its close again. GSP sure didn't have effective defense in the first, but it wasn't a dominant round for Penn either.

All this adds up to exactly what happened, a split decision. Unfortunately, the eyepoke led to a nasty cut and GSP having problems in round 1. That's why he looked way worse than Penn at the end. I don't think its too much of a problem, if Penn sticks with UFC, he'll get the winner of Hughes/St Pierre.
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