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1/2 Point Rule and Changes To The Unified Rules Of MMA 3 month delay | Association of Boxing Commission

The 2012 Association of Boxing Commission convention in Clearwater, FL the ABC voted not to implement the he half-point system.  It was also decided to wait an additional 90 days on the changes in the recommended Unified Rules judging criteria.  During the 90 days, further public comment and feeback from stakeholders in the industry will be explored.

Revisions include:

1.  Effective Defense Removed as a criteria

2.  Striking and Grappling are now considered to be given equal weight.

3.  “Damage” is as a term has been used a descriptor when discussing the scoring of MMA rounds by officials. This terminology be replaced by the term “effective”

Definition Clarification:

Effective striking

judged by determining the impact of legal strikes landed by a contestant and the number of such legal strikes.  Heavier strikes that have a visible impact on the opponent will be given more weight than the number of strikes landed.  These assessments include causing an opponent to appear stunned from a legal blow, causing the opponent to stagger, appearance of a cut or bruise from a legal strike and causing the opponent to show pain. Cumulative impact on a fighter will also be weighed.  If neither fighter shows an advantage in impact of strikes, the number of strikes will determine the most effective striker.

Effective grappling

judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown, reversals and submission attempts. Examples of factors to consider are take downs from standing position to mount position, passing the guard to a dominant position, and bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard to create submission attempts. Submission attempts which come close to ending a fight will be weighted more highly than attempts which are easily defended.  Submission attempts which cause an opponent to weaken or tire from the effort required to defend the technique will also be weighted highly in scoring. High amplitude takedowns and throws which have great impact will be scored more heavily than a takedown which does not have great impact.

Effective aggression

moving forward scoring with a legal technique or attacking from the guard with threatening submissions.

Cage/Ring Control

dictating the pace, place and position of the fight

Application:

“All mixed martial arts bouts will be evaluated and scored by three judges. 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 an even round, which is scored (10-10)”

Judging Criteria:

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 an even round, which is scored (10-10).

1. A round is to be scored as a 10-10 Round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows superiority by even a close margin. This score should rarely be used.

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, demonstrating effective grappling, and utilizing other effective legal techniques.

3. A round is to be scored as a 10-8 Round when a contestant wins by a large margin, by effective striking and or effective grappling that have great impact on the opponent.

4. A round is to be scored as a 10-7 Round when a contestant totally dominates by effective striking and or effective grappling, which put the opponent in great danger throughout the round. In a 10-7 round referee stoppage may be eminent. This score should rarely be used.

Let your voices be heard PENN Nation.  Give us your thoughts on the Unified Rules of MMA – Judging Criteria Amended July 2012

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8 Comments to 1/2 Point Rule and Changes To The Unified Rules Of MMA 3 month delay | Association of Boxing Commission

  1. Me says:

    Look’s good.

    • Haywood Jablowme says:

      No it doesn’t.

      1- It doesn’t really fix anything.

      2- “This score should rarely be used” which will translate to this score will NEVER be used and we are right back where we started.

      so basically this is a big stinking pile of shit.

  2. Pijan says:

    Awesome, cause I think it was the Mousasi/Jardine fight. Jardine was DECIMATED, he got dominated in every sense of the word, yet it was a draw? I understand Mousasi was deducted, but it still wasn’t even close enough for a draw. All Jardine got were a few takedowns that amounted to nothing, but because they were takedowns, it garnered him enough points to pull in a draw. As a pure striker and someone who hates wrestling, I think it’s about time striking is given the same respect (point wise) as wrestling. I’ve seen fighters win fights by doing nothing but takedown after takedown with no significant offense.

  3. CamNumbahONE says:

    Let’s see them put something in there about how a fighter will not be given preferential treatment in front of a hometown crowd

  4. Mark Munoz is a joke says:

    This isn’t gonna do shit really ..
    We needs yellow red. Cards etc

  5. Anthony says:

    I don’t like nuber one.

  6. Mike cannon jr. says:

    Lol… Who buys this will score correctly

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