The grounds for a 10 -8 round are defined by the Unified Rules of MMA as such “A round is to be scored as a 10-8 round when a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a round.” Herein lies the problem, “overwhelmingly” is such a subjective word that it can create situations where fighters may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars based on the scoring preferences of certain judges.
So what constitutes “overwhelming”? How do you assign significance to actions if there is no inherent value to any action?
What needs to be set in place are some criteria set in stone that say if you achieve these actions you will receive a mandatory 10-8 round.
In order to come up with this criteria we should use the guidelines the judges score the fight based on, (effective striking, effective grappling, control of the ring/fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense) to create five significant actions.
The five actions would be:
- Full mount/back control
- Cut from a legal strike
- Extended period of top position (over 3 minutes)
- Overwhelming discrepancy in shots landed
If a fighter can achieve three of these five actions, as well as not have any of them executed against him (defense) , he will be awarded a 10-8 round.
This will not eliminate all bad decisions, but it will remove some of the randomness of 10-8 rounds.
In a sport where fighters are awarded enormous bonuses for victory, sometimes as much as their salary, this system would take some of the onus off of the judges and put it on the fighter where it belongs.