Posted by TNunley
Where does it end though? I mean who determines how severe the knockdown has to be? In boxing it's simpler due to the fact that you don't fight on the ground. So what if you get brushed with a kick that throws you off balance, and you fall... should you get the same deduction as someone who collapses?
If you watch K-1 fights, they dont score all downs as knockdowns, if the fighter takes a shot hard and goes down, they will start counting, which is an official "down", if a fighter slips, or falls over off a little shot, they allow them to stand up without counting, and an official "down" is not recorded. However, its just not that simple in MMA!
I think the UFC needed to adopt the Pride system, which doesnt award lay and pray fighters, because the highest scoring criteria in the Pride rules was effort to finish. While in Pride I did see a few baffling decisions (Carlos Newton dominating Takase, judges apparently not watching the fight and giving it to Takase despite the fact Carlos was all over him), I thought the Pride system was more solid, and more relevant to MMA, as it doesnt favour lay n Prayers, but rather favours effort to end the fight, as opposed to fighting just to score points and win a decision.