by SFUK : These are drawn up just as a rough guide or talking point by Grant,
who is, incidentally, one of the best MMA refs in the business.
Grant Waterman, October 2003
most commonly used scoring system used for MMA competition is the 10 Point Must
system. Each round of a contest is scored individually and if no submission or
KO occurs, these are totalled up and a decision announced.
winner of a round will be awarded 10 points, and the loser 9 points or less.
that the judges will be assessing, in order of priority, are as follows: -
- Effective Aggressiveness.
is determined as the fighter showing most effort to win. It is of no use to simply
be aggressive. The fighters effort must be effective effort.
area includes Striking, Clinch Work, Takedowns, Submission attempts, Transitioning,
Ring Control. This is assessed by determining
which fighter has used the fighting area to his / her advantage the most.
area includes avoiding and blocking of strikes, reversals from pins and mount,
escapes from submissions i.e. transitioning to avoid a submission, etc. etc.
above areas are to be used in order of priority, and each consecutive area is
only considered if the preceding one has been determined to be equal for both
fighters. If a fighter dominates area a there is no need to assess
area b, and so on.
should be well versed in all areas of MMA competition and techniques, and should
show no bias to just one area, i.e. striking over submissions.
head judge will be appointed at each contest. This judge will not score the contest
directly, however it is his responsibility to ensure that the scoring is kept
consistent and of a high standard. The head judge may ask for any of the other
three judges to be replaced if they are found to be incompetent.
the event of a foul, the referee may decide to deduct a point from the offending
the conclusion of a contest the scorecards will be collected, the totals added,
passed to the referee and a decision announced.
Win all scorecards in favour of one fighter.
Win majority of scorecards in favour of one fighter.
All score cards equal.
Draw Majority of scorecards equal.