So, there's been a narrative going around that "octagon control" and "aggression" ie. taking the center of the cage or walking forward, are some extremely important metrics that should win you a round, even if you lose the striking or grappling exchanges. This is not only counterintuitive, it is also against the official judging criteria used in MMA. In other words, it is bullshit. These are excerpts from the official set of judging criteria that the ABC publishes and that is (or should be) used by commissions. If you are a lazy bastard just read the underlined parts: Source: http://www.abcboxing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-Official-MMA-Judging-Criteria.pdf Regarding Joe's comments about "the new rules being in effect", this should not matter, in general, as Big John said in this interview: Source: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/3/...-criteria-new-old-unified-rules-mma-interview Anyway, I'll rewatch the fight tonight. But lets be clear. If you want to make an argument that Jones won any of the first 3, you need to either argue that he won the striking and grappling, or that those were 100% even , so then you default to octagon control (and I don't think any of those happened). In my opinion, Jones lost. What is clear is that something needs to be done about the judging system, the judge training and the judge selection criteria.