I just watched the Siver vs. Mohr fight, and I thought Joe Rogan made an interesting distinction between "winning the contest" and "winning the fight". The link is below if you want to listen to it- it starts when there's about 3:20 left in round 3. He says this:
"Often there's a winner of the fight and then there's a winner of the contest. And we see that in fights like Ryo Chonan vs. Brad Blackburn... Brad clearly won the first two rounds, but Ryo kicked the crap out of him in the third round. Now, if you were looking at that as a street fight, you gotta say Ryo Chonan won that fight. When they pulled him off of him, Ryo was beating Brad up, so he should have won the fight. But if you look at it as a contest, well Brad Blackburn won 2 out of 3 rounds, so in the sport, that is who won the contest. But the fight was won by Ryo Chonan."
I think some people feel the Hendo/ Franklin fight went down this way. I've heard a lot of people say that Franklin finished stronger and if the fight had kept going he would have won, or if it would have been judged with a heavier emphasis on who was winning at the end, then Franklin would have gotten the W.
What do you think about the fact that the rules allow for this kind of thing to happen? If the winner of the fight (by Joe's definition) does not always win the contest, should the scoring system be changed?
I find myself wondering if the scoring system the UFC has is meant to add legitimacy to MMA as a sport, and deemphasize the aspects of it that make it distasteful to the general public. As long as the bout is judged based on a highly structured point system (even if it's flawed) and not based on who got the crap kicked out of them the worst, it's easier to present MMA as "just like any other sport," downplay the violence involved, and probably what's most important for the UFC's image: be able to back up the claim that the primary focus of MMA is the competition (like Randy Couture always says, at least for himself) and not some kind of bloodlust.
Any thoughts on this? I know other organizations score bouts differently. Should the UFC change anything, or is it best left like this?Mohr vs. Siver UFC 93 Prelim