A to Z Challenge: D is for Decisions

In the world of MMA—and, arguably, sports as a whole—there is nothing more exciting than a brutal knockout or submission that sneaks its way into existence; however, the chances of a bout being stopped early or going the distance is about the same as a flip of a coin.

According to ufc-secrets.com, a site that has analyzed every contest in the UFC through 2019—a little over 5,000 fights—nearly half, 43.9%, of the time judges are required to determine a winner.

Graphic from ufc-secrets.com

Regardless if scheduled for three rounds or a championship five, any end before regulation pulls fans from their seat and onto their feet. Of course, this doesn’t mean an MMA match that concludes because the clock ran its course can’t get the blood pumping; in fact, there are plenty of instances when a fight goes for its duration and fans are left in awe at how the pair endured one another’s punishment yet continued pushing an incredible pace.

The problem for many fans when a fight visits the judges’ scorecards is when they sense one, or both, of the competitors is “playing it safe.” Instead of biting down on the mouthpiece and fighting for the win, they take the foot of the accelerator and, instead, move into a defensive shell, fighting to not lose; astute MMA fans catch on to the difference immediately, and casual MMA observers are confused how such a strategy can be considered a “fight.” 

Prompted from the A to Z Challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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