Frequently Asked Questions
There are plenty of websites to get MMA stories and news, why create one dedicated only to judging decisions?
We, along with many prominent media commentators, feel that MMA fighters and the sport in general have been ill
served by an environment that allows poorly educated and/or incompetent judges to avoid scrutiny while those judges
who do their jobs well remain unrewarded. A decision should not be a coin toss, and if this sport is to evolve into
what we all know it can be at some point we have to stop shrugging our shoulders and saying "Don't let it go to the
judges" like some fatalistic mantra.
Why doesn't the UFC hire better judges?
A common misconception is that fight organizations, such as the UFC, are responsible for employing judges.
This is not true. In fact, the UFC and other fight organizations are typically not responsible for appointing judges. Judges
are most often assigned to fights by the local athletic commission.
However, in cases where the UFC travels to locations without athletic commissions, they will typically act as the
'de facto' athletic commission and choose the judges for the event. Even when the UFC promotes an event in a jurisdiction
that has its own commission, the UFC typically requests that such commission select several of the judges from a list
provided by the UFC.
Why don't you have the scores from judge X, or fight Y from event Z?
We are getting to it. This site was set up in 2010 and after some discussion we decided that top priority was to stay
on top of current judging results, filling in historical decisions on a relevance-based priority list. Needless to say,
we don't all agree on which fights or decisions are most relevant either and chances are good that whichever fight you
are talking about is on somebody's to-do list.
Why not send us a link to a reliable media source with the scores? We will get to it as systematically as possible.
What gives you the right to question a professional judge's decision?
We aren't questioning anything. We are recording and tabulating. Whatever discussion you have and conclusions you
draw based on the information we offer are your own and we encourage them.
Who do you think really won Machida-Shogun I? Why?
This website is not a soapbox to discuss our own personal opinions of any individual fight. Like we said before,
there are plenty of websites to go vent both ours and your frustrations with any particular decision.
So your plan is to simply gather facts?
Essentially, yes. We do plan on implementing a few features, like user scoring of bouts, but we are focussed
first on getting as many judging profiles up as we can, as quickly as we can.