A revised version of MMA’s judging criteria will be voted on at the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) convention next month, MMA Fighting has learned.
Earlier this year, the ABC’s MMA rules and regulations committee unanimously passed new scoring language, including the adaptation of a more liberal definition of a 10-8 round, according to committee chairman Sean Wheelock. The proposed criteria will be voted on by the ABC’s general body at its annual convention Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. If voted into MMA’s unified rules by the ABC, the proposed changes would go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.
The proposed new criteria will have judges evaluate the damage, dominance and duration of a round. If a round contains two of those three characteristics, a 10-8 must be considered. If a round has all three, then a 10-8 — or even a 10-7 — must be the score. A 10-7 score calls for “overwhelming dominance” and “significant damage” with a referee stoppage warranted.