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Midnight Mania! Dana White: open scoring would ‘make the fight completely horrible’

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As we move into a new year, pondering future changes is only natural. Just yesterday, UFC President Dana White hosted a fan Q&A that proved illuminating regarding what the promotion’s immediate future looks like, including some key match up announcements and/or plans.

One problem that continues to plague mixed martial arts (MMA) — and indeed, all combat sports — is that of judging. A proposed solution that has gained popularity is open scoring, which allows fighters, corners, and fans alike to know the scorecards immediately after a round ends. As a result, some believe that fights down on the cards would be more inclined to push in the final round.

At the very least, there would be transparency in the event of a screwball decision.

White, however, has a number of problems with the concept. For one, fans knowing who won before the announcement is read takes away a great deal of suspense.

“When we do the fights, I have an idea of who I think won or lost or whatever, but when I’m standing there with the belt, I don’t know what Bruce Buffer is going to say,” White said (transcription via MMA Junkie). “He doesn’t tell me anything. The judges tell him, the commission do their thing, they tell him, and I’m standing there waiting to hear too, so I’m just as blown away as the fans are. And I agree with you: It completely takes away the anticipation of who won the fight.”

In addition, White believes that open scoring would favor stalling rather than hard-fought comebacks.

“If a guy knows that he’s up two rounds and you’re a professional fighter, you can absolutely stay away from a guy for an entire round and make the fight completely horrible,” White said. “If you already know you’ve got two rounds in the bag, guarantee if you saw your score up there, all (you) have to do is stay away from this guy for the next five minutes. That makes for a lot of bad third rounds.

“It’s never going to be perfect,” White said “There are always going to be fights that absolutely drive you insane and piss you off, blow your bets, there will always be all these other things that go with the fight business. At the end of the day, watching the fight and waiting for the results are fun.”


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.