Just one day after leading Asian mixed martial arts promotion ONE Championship unveiled a revolutionary weight-cutting system, South Korean-based promotion ROAD FC announced their plans to debut a new scoring system.
For years, there have been plenty of complaints about the ten-point must system in the sport.
As a result, ROAD FC will be dropping the ten-point must system in favor of a new “Unlimited Points System.”
“We are trying to go our own way – the ROAD FC way,” Jake Kwon, ROAD FC’s planning department director, told MMAjunkie. “These days, almost all promotions follow the Unified Rules of MMA. But that is not a standard. There is no fixed standard or set of rules for the sport internationally. We don’t want to compare ourselves with any promotion.
“ROAD FC is just ROAD FC. The most important reason (to change the scoring) – the fighting reason – is to make fighters more active. These days, many fighters just keep their position on the ground to take the points, but our audience doesn’t like that type of fight. They want excitement, so we want to encourage our fighters to be more exciting. That’s why we changed the system they will be judged by.”.
“Things will be more exciting. After two or three events, there won’t be any fighters who want to keep the fight on the ground just to wait out the points. Actually, they will be losing points and that is totally different from the way they are used to fighting. … We devised this judging system to bring MMA back to its original intent. MMA has become highly developed and many fighters are very skillful, but this has sacrificed some of the excitement for the wider audience. The intent of the new point system, including the penalties deducted for stalling and for not engaging in action, is to encourage the fighters to finish their fights.”
Points in the “Unlimited Points System” will be awarded as follows:
A) 1 point awarded for each:
- Clear connecting strike (legal punch, kick, knee)
- Successful takedown
- Achieving full mount or back mount position
- Clear control in ground position
- Near submission
- Clear aggression
B) 5 points awarded for each:
- Clear connecting strike (legal punch, kick, knee) that knocks down opponent
- Slam that causes damage
C) 5 points deducted for each yellow card penalty (per referee)
- Use or attempted use of an illegal technique
- Second strike to the groin, intentional or non-intentional
- Deliberate attempt to halt bout
D) 2 points deducted for blue card penalty (per referee)
- Deliberate failure to engage in striking
- Deliberate stalling in a grounded position by holding
The new system will go into place beginning this Saturday at ROAD FC 27 in China.
It is going to be very interesting to see how everything falls into place with the new system and if everything goes according to plan. One thing is for sure: the new system makes ROAD FC 27 a must-see for MMA fans looking for hope of getting away from the current flawed system.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to ROAD FC