ABC Clarifies Position With ECSC & Half Point Scoring
Last week, the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) issued a press release stating that the ECSC would be using the Half Point scoring system for MFC 31 after being asked by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) to do so. Today, the ABC issued their own press release refuting claims made by the Edmonton Commission.
The Edmonton release, which can be read in its entirety here, states that,
“The ABC asked four combative sports commissions, including California and Edmonton, to utilize the (Half Point) scoring system and report back to the ABC at the 2012 annual convention.”
However, the ABC states in their press release that they did not choose any commission. Commissions volunteered to test, not use, in MMA competition the Half Point system at the last ABC conference. Tim Lueckenhoff, President of the ABC, states in the press release,
“The ABC committee asked for volunteer Commissions to test the proposed 1/2 point system. The size of the Commission or the volume of events did not matter. The committee did not specifically choose any one Commission, over another, as was implied in the media release.”
In addition, Edmonton seems to have jumped the gun by using the half point system for MFC 31. The press release states that commissions were to test the Half Point system, not utilize it in live competition.
“The committee’s recommendations were specific in that the 1/2 point system was to be adopted only as a shadow system to gather data and compare it to the current 10 point system… It was not the ABC’s decision to have the 1/2 point system be implemented live, and this was entirely the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission decision.”
The press release continues stating that the Half Point system has not been voted on by the ABC and is only to be tested,
“The 1/2 point system is still a work in progress, and more detailed research needs to be conducted before a decision is made to implement the system.”
Finally, it seems that the ABC press release casts doubt as to whether the ABC will even accept the official results from MFC 31 as it was not held under the Unified Rules:
“The 1/2 point system needs to be recognized by the ABC… and voted on by the entire ABC membership before any official results are accepted by MMA, LLC using the 1/2 point scoring system.”
Pat Reid, Executive Director of the ECSC, had this response,
“We were asked to pilot the Half Point system and that is what we did. You either use Half Point scoring or you don’t use it. If our promoters don’t mind and our fighters don’t mind, then why wouldn’t we try it? Somebody has to pilot it and we were one of the commissions that said we would pilot it. The pilot runs until we report back to the Annual General Meeting of the ABC in 2012. This seems to be a knee jerk, negative reaction after only one event.”
- To read the full ECSC press release on utilizing the Half Point system, click here: (http://topmmanews.com/2011/10/07/edmonton-commission-debuts-12-point-scoring-system-at-mfc-31-tonight/
- To read the full ABC press release refuting ECSC press release details, click here: (http://topmmanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/10-13-11-Press-Release-half-point-scoring-1-1.pdf)