When Joe Rogan isn’t busy with his offensive, yet hilarious stand up comedy, he is enjoying time as a mixed martial arts fan and UFC employee. As far as MMA knowledge goes, Rogan is near the top so when he speaks we feel that we should listen.
In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, Rogan was asked about the state of MMA judging.
Like most of us that are die-hard fans, Rogan sees some really big issues with the current scoring system and feels that there needs to be a fix.
“We have a problem, and that problem is pretty deep. First of all, judging is on a ten point must system, which is completely stolen from boxing. The system that we have in place right now is ridiculous,” Rogan said.
“Doc Hamilton had a really interesting fix to that system, which was a half point system, which I like better. I think Doc is a very wise man, and he’s also a long time martial artist. He’s been involved in martial arts since I was a baby, probably even before then. I respect guys like that who have been around for a long time. He has an educated take on the current situation that I think should be respected. I think the scoring system needs to be revised, and the way we decide to score things needs to be better defined.”
The half-point scoring system has always been mentioned as an alternative, but it would be difficult to get the ball rolling on such a massive change to the rules. Plus, you would need to find qualified people that understand the new system — not that the same criteria has stopped people from being judges currently.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that a fix is on it’s way anytime soon, but it is comforting to see those who work in the top promotion in the world voicing the same concerns as the fans.
Hopefully, one day, we will have a fix that will make the sport even greater.