Dana White Not In Favor Of Open Scoring In MMA

RIO DE JANEIRO, MARCH 28, 2019: Belt of UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship) during press conference

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UFC president Dana White is not a fan of open scoring in mixed martial arts.

When asked about the possibility of introducing open scoring which has been the case for events from Invicta FC in Kansas City, White shared his thoughts on why it could ultimately hurt the sport.

As far as White is concerned, open scoring could lead to more boring fights with the athletes knowing they can coast and avoid danger for the final five minutes.

“If a guy knows that he’s up two rounds and you’re a professional fighter, you can absolutely stay away from a guy for an entire round and make the fight completely horrible,” White said, via MMA Junkie. “If you already know you’ve got two rounds in the bag, guarantee if you saw your score up there, all (you) have to do is stay away from this guy for the next five minutes. That makes for a lot of bad third rounds.

“When we do the fights, I have an idea of who I think won or lost or whatever, but when I’m standing there with the belt, I don’t know what Bruce Buffer is going to say. He doesn’t tell me anything. The judges tell him, the commission do their thing, they tell him, and I’m standing there waiting to hear too, so I’m just as blown away as the fans are. And I agree with you: It completely takes away the anticipation of who won the fight.”

Of course, there are also fighters who will go for broke until the final bell and those who coast when they think they are ahead on the scorecards, so there will never be a perfect system.

But that is part of the excitement.

So what do you think: should MMA adopt open scoring as a whole? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.

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