Joe Rogan Talks Judging In Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan: ‘MMA Needs A Much More Comprehensive System’

Rogan goes over the judging criteria following the controversial O'Malley-Yan decision.

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Joe Rogan wants to see a change in the judging system after UFC 280.

Of course, that stems from the controversial split-decision verdict for Sean O’Malley over Petr Yan. O’Malley would outland Yan in strikes over the course of rounds 1 and 3. However, Yan would establish almost six minutes of control time over ‘Suga’ on the ground. 

Rogan On O’Malley vs Yan

When the fight went the distance, Rogan had Yan winning but two cageside judges would see it the other way for O’Malley. The famed UFC commentator would give O’Malley his props but also questioned the judging criteria following the fight. 

“O’Malley was certainly in it against Petr Yan,” Rogan said on JRE. “He was a former champion, one of the best in the division by far, the number one contender. It was a very close fight. He definitely hurt Petr in multiple occasions. Caught him with that big knee, rocked him. The question is, how much is the takedown worth? How much is control worth?

“Takedowns without damage, what is that value? I’m not denying Petr Yan won, cause I did think he won the end of it. But takedowns without damage vs. standup with damage. ‘Sugar’ landed more strikes standing and had big moments. Yan had some big moments too. One big left hand that rocked him. The question is like, how valuable are those takedowns and how valuable is that top game in that control?”

‘MMA Needs A Much More Comprehensive System’

Rogan sees multiple issues with MMA’s judging criteria and believes it should be changed into something ‘completely different’. 

“There’s several problems, but one of the problems is that I feel we were very limited by this 10-9, this 10 point must scoring system. Someone can win a round 10-9 and it can be a very close round and someone can win a round clearly and it could be 10-9. That doesn’t make any sense to me. The system is designed for boxing and it’s a good system for boxing. I don’t think it’s a good system for mma.

“I think MMA needs a much more comprehensive system,” Rogan continued. “If a guy can hold you down with no damage at all for three minutes, vs. a guy who holds you down and damages you for 30 seconds, what’s worth more? What, hits you with three or four good hard shots? Is that worth more? If you spend the majority of a round on top of a guy, even if you’re not damaging him, how much is that worth? How much is a leg kick worth? How much is a submission attempt worth? I think we need a much more comprehensive system that’s not a 10 point must. I don’t think that’s the right system for MMA. I think it should be a completely different system. We just sort of adopted the boxing system.”

Published on October 25, 2022 at 4:47 pm
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