I think this has been addressed around here before, but not lately, and with Martin Kampmann's win over Carlos Condit, we have yet another match to point to that illustrates some of the problems with the UFC's "Ten-Point Must" scoring system. One of those problems is that Draws are exceedingly rare. They're technically possible, with point deductions for rules infractions and the like.
The question remains, though: Would American sports fans abide matches ending inconclusively? Many people insist they wouldn't, and won't. I believe the NHL has eliminated draws, although I don't know whether watering down their sport has actually resulted in greater attendance, attention, or revenues, which I assume was their motivation for the change. Most of the actual hockey fans I know here in Massachusetts dislike the lack of tie games. When Major League Soccer started out, they didn't allow tie games, but there was such an uproar from the soccer community, they changed their rules after a few years to conform to the global standard, and have subsequently flourished as a new sports league in a crowded marketplace.
My conclusion is that American sports fans not only can
stomach a match ending in a draw, they actually prefer
it when the competitors deserve to be labeled a tie. Furthermore, I think the inclusion of Draws in the UFC scoring system would present a marketing opportunity. Kampmann and Condit are natural candidates for a rematch, perhaps after each fighter has had one fight in the interim to hone his game and build anticipation.
Anyway, this web site probably doesn't capture the casual American sports fan (no offense
). Probably 99% of you were MMA fans before you arrived here, and we may not represent the bulk of the people that Dana White & Co are trying to sell their product to. We probably represent the core that he can afford to make assumptions of. Nevertheless, I think a case can be made for seriously reconsidering the UFC match-scoring system, and for incorporating a significant potential for matches such as Kampann-vs-Condit to be declared a draw.
(Incidentally, I have no clue how the competitors would feel about a match of theirs being officially ruled a Draw. Some might prefer the "L" to an inconclusive ending. But maybe not. If any of you are fighters, or know a fighter, I'd be curious to hear what you/they have to say about the idea.)