Joe Rogan comments on how to improve MMA judging

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Joe Rogan comments on how to improve MMA judging

Judging debates have become commonplace in MMA sports, especially in the last month. There were a lot of difficult decisions to make, such as the ultra boring fight of Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza, Logan Storley's victory at Bellator 281, the controversial defeat of Holly Holm, and many other examples where the trial must be improved in some way.

All of this was commented on by Joe Rogan in his podcast when hosting Alyamain Sterling. “Maybe there’s a way to score it like you would give points for moments in fights where someone either did damage or someone had control, but control was not worth as much as damage,” Rogan said.

“Because you can survive control unscathed. Just because someone has you down maybe in half-guard, and you’re just clinching and controlling, you can survive that for a couple minutes sometimes, and nothing happens.

Even though the person’s in control of you, it’s not that big of a deal. But then damage: How much more is damage worth? Like if you see the person gets wobbled or you see like a big, impactful kick, you’re like, ‘Wow, that was a significant moment in the fight.

So that would be worth more.' ” This has actually already been taken into account by the 'Association of Boxing Commissions'

Unified MMA rules say the following:

"Effective Striking/Grappling shall be considered the first priority of round assessments.

Effective Aggressiveness is a ‘Plan B’ and should not be considered unless the judge does not see ANY advantage in the Effective Striking/Grappling realm. Cage/Ring Control (‘Plan C’) should only be needed when ALL other criteria are 100% even for both competitors.

This will be an extremely rare occurrence." Rogan's proposal has been around for a long time and the judges are applying it, so it's not clear why he's proposing it as if it's something innovative. Perhaps he thinks that the judges are not sticking to it as much as they should and that they give preference to some segments that do not deserve it. All in all, it is good to be reminded of which criterion is the most important in the trial.