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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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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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