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Will the New Scoring Rule Prevent Another Draw in the UFC 209 Main Event? Ask Big John McCarthy

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“Big” John McCarthy is as iconic in Mixed Martial Arts as any fighter past or present. His influence on MMA, both in and out of the cage, are immeasurable. Lately he has worked closely with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) diligently to affect change in this sport to help ensure that fighter safety is the highest priority. Beyond that, he has also made tremendous strides in lobbying to improve some of the archaic rules, as well as make the changes necessary to produce more consistent judging. One of the biggest contributions, which most states athletic commissions have since adopted, is the new 10-7 rule that gives the judges the option to award a fighter a much higher score for a clearly dominant round.

During UFC 209 Fight Week he was in attendance for the World MMA Awards as presented by Fighter’s Only Magazine. MMA Latest News caught up with the longtime referee on the red carpet just hours before he won the 2017 award for Referee of the Year. He has been assigned the duty of UFC 209’s main event, which features a rematch between UFC Welterweight Champion, Tyron “The Chose One” Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Their November 2016 title bout ended in a draw, which was the correct decision, based on the previous scoring system; that is, the “Ten-Point Must System” from boxing. Simply put, this means that after each round, the panel of 3 judges give a score of 10 points to the fighter who they deem the winner of that round; the other fighter then gets 9 points. If the round was dominant for one fighter, he or she gets 10 points and the other fighter gets only 8.

Since its inception, MMA had little choice but to settle for the way the sport is sanctioned, simply because Nevada was the first state to fully embrace MMA as the sanctioning body. Some of them did not translate well and have caused many a controversial decision over the years. The 10-7 rules hopes to permanently change that for the better.

We had such an inconsistency with 10-8 rounds because in boxing when you have a knockdown, usually all 3 judges will score the round a 10-8,” Big John told MMA Latest News. “In doing studies and looking at (scoring), 85% of the time that one judge scored a 10-8 round, all 3 judges scored a 10-8.”

With an overwhelming majority of boxing judges remaining consistent in their scoring, the numbers do not lie and an immediate change was obviously needed. As Big John mentioned above, a knockdown is protocol for a 10-8 round. With MMA, the fight is complex and there are many other considerations when takedowns, submissions, knees and elbows are added to the equation.

In MMA, the consistency among 10-8 rounds is up around 8%. It’s a big difference from previous studies but we still have a ways to go,” said McCarthy. “If you look at the 4th round (in the 1st Woodley vs Thompson fight), that was at least in a 10-8 round and it’s not fair to Tyron Woodley to put out that kind of effort and cause that much damage for him to be deprived of the 2 points.”

Big John McCarthy will be officiating the rematch, Woodley vs Wonderboy II, which takes place at UFC 209 on Saturday, the 4th of March at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

You can watch the video of McCarthy’s explanation below.

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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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