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UFC Welterweight Title Showdown Highlights the Need For Scoring Overhaul

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UFC’s Madison Square Garden-borne, New York City debut exceeded all conceivable expectations, on multiple fronts. The co-main event was nothing short of incredible, showcasing one of the most amazing Welterweight title fights in all of MMA; past and present. Recently crowned champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley defend the 170lb strap for the first time against enigmatic and dominant Welterweight Contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Although the champ did not lose, he did not win either. However, logically, he should have been the recognized victor.

The long awaited contest saw Woodley retain the belt in his first title defense, by way of Majority Draw. Under the current scoring system, this was the correct decision. Woodley dominated the 1st round and almost secured a stoppage in the 4th which would have earned him a 10-8 round if scored correctly. Most would agree that Wonderboy took rounds 2, 3 and 5, therefore, resulting in a final score of 47-47, MMA’s version of a tie. Two judges saw it that way, and the contest was ultimately declared a draw.

The reason for this conundrum is quite simple: cage fights are scored using the Ten Point Must System. This method of deciding a winner was inherited from boxing, by default, when rounds and scoring were introduced to the relatively new sport of MMA less than two decades ago. At the time, it seemed like the thing to do.

No one knew any better and a superior alternative never made its way into the conversation. The blueprint was already there. MMA was still called NHB (No Holds Barred) and even most combat sports enthusiasts did not quite know where it fit into the big picture. So a square peg (the 10-point must system) was hammered into an Octagon shaped hole.

Never leave it in the hands of the judges, a Dana White cliché has long been the resounding rhetoric that many rely on as an attempt to justify the continued negligence of a larger issue. Giving judges the authority to properly score a fight is not the problem. If their ability to render the most logical and agreeable decision comes into question, they need to be removed from their position or their fight evaluation methods should be drastically altered; or both!

Make no mistake, Tyron Woodley won his first title defense. He dominated the 1st round and nearly finished the fight in the 4th. Wonderboy did neither of those things, despite using volume and accuracy to decisively win 3 rounds. That is not an opinion, it is a fact. By the outdated, ineffective scoring system, Woodley was cheated out of a win and a successful title defense, because he definitely won the fight in terms of damage, and proximity to a stoppage.

The record reflects otherwise, but the record is wrong. The 10-point must system for MMA is wrong, and it always has been. Thankfully, the UFC saw the need to revisit the contest, and Dana White immediately confirmed that a rematch between Woodley and Stephen Thompson is in the works. Hopefully, each fighter’s urgency to finish their opponent will prevail and the end result will produce a decisive winner, unlike UFC 205’s scoring fiasco. After all, the fight evaluation criteria certainly will not change between now and then.

 

 

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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