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Old 11-27-2013, 09:00 PM   #11

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Isnt the problem that they dont know what theyre watching?

1 make sure the judges know mma
2 change the scoring criteria
3 put them somewhere else if that helps

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Old 11-27-2013, 09:13 PM   #12

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1. Have noise cancelling headphones that have the in cage audio.

2. The judges sit 2m apart.

3. They can only drink water.

4. They are subject to random drug tests, 1 month prior to the event and the day of the event.

5. Ariel Helwani has a judges scrum, where they answer questions about their judging criteria and the decisions they made for the fights.

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Old 11-27-2013, 09:17 PM   #13

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Originally Posted by adjoub View Post
Isnt the problem that they dont know what theyre watching?

1 make sure the judges know mma
2 change the scoring criteria
3 put them somewhere else if that helps
Knowing MMA has nothing to do with it. Joe Lauzon explained it better than I can(from his facebook page today):

I saw a post on reddit about judging, and this was my comment. Figured I would post it here too.

Boxing is very straight forward... you hit the other guy until he can't stand. How do you score this though... two guys fighting, We will call them Apollo and Rocky.

In one round, Apollo lands a TON of punches and while they are starting to take effect, Rocky stays on his feet. Towards the end of the round, Rocky lands a couple HUGE shots, and wobbles Apollo but he doesn't go down. Now Rocky was getting beat up for 2:45 of a 3:00 round, but landed those huge shots at the end of the round. Who gets the round? Apollo for controlling and winning most of the round, or Rocky for landing the biggest and best shots of the round. It's a tough decision, but this is just quality versus volume.

Some will say Apollo won the round and some will say Rocky. Its tough to get the same answer from lots of people though, because its subjective and you are comparing apples to oranges.

Now... same thing, Apollo and Rocky fight in an MMA match. Apollo is using his jab and beating up Rocky for most of the round, but towards the end of the round, Rocky shoots a double and works some ground and pound, passes the guard and sinks a read naked choke... but Apollo is saved by the bell. Now you have to compare standup striking and balance them against ground and pound... but also factor in a takedown and a near submission. How many punches did that takedown cancel out? how many did the submission?

Comparing apples to oranges is tough... comparing a grouping of apples, oranges, bananas, pineapples and grapes is even tougher when nothing matches up. Decisions suck. Always fight for the finish, and don't let someone else have any influence on your winning or losing.

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Old 11-27-2013, 09:27 PM   #14

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Judges do not have monitors to look at, they aren't allowed to look away from the fight at anytime. They also aren't allowed to talk at all during the fight, well those are the rules here in New Jersey for our Judges.

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