Edmonton Commits to 1/2 Point Judging System in 2011
Top MMA News has learned that the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) will introduce the 10 Point Must with Half Points judging system in September 2011. In fact, the system could be used as early as the September 16th Aggression MMA card.
“As long as we have all COMMAND-certified judges, then (Edmonton) will go ahead with the half point system this weekend,” said ECSC Executive Director Pat Reid.
At this point, the Executive Director is unsure if he will have four COMMAND-level judges for the September 16th event, however, he maintains, “If we do not have the qualified officials for Aggression, then the first event that we will use the new rules will be the September 30th event (Unified MMA).”
Edmonton, the same commission that utilized DREAM rules in 2009 for an event, volunteered at this year’s Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) conference to be one of five commissions to test the system. Reid maintains that his officials have been practising using the system during televised MMA broadcasts to ensure there will be no errors. The system will be used for the remainder of 2011 for all events, which would inlcude October’s Maximum Fighting Championship event.
The idea behind the new scoring system is that it can better qualify the margin of victory of each round. Currently, a fighter who clearly wins a round or just wins a close round is rewarded the same 10-9 score. In the Half Point system, the fighter would be rewarded a 10-9 score for clearly winning and only a 1/2 point (10-9.5) for winning a close round.
The half-point system for MMA was first introduced by long-time official Doc Hamilton after it was used successfully for international kickboxing and non-title boxing events in England. Under the system:
10-10 indicates an even round. (Although seldom warranted)
10-9.5 is a close period. One fighter may have marginally scored a greater number of strikes, or had a takedown, or marginally controlled the grappling, or demonstrated slightly more aggressiveness.
10-9 has a clear winner
10-8.5 is a rounds delivering damage OR domination
10-8 has damage AND domination
10-7 and 10-7.5 are improbable and are so one-side that a ref should stop the fight
Edmonton will not use Hamilton’s proposed ‘Table Judge’. This position records moves throughout the match and would be used to break ties.
Doc Hamilton’s 10 Point Must System with Half Points can be read here.