It’s no secret that outspoken retired UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is a bit disenfranchised with the current scoring system in MMA. He’s gone as far as to create his own promotion, War MMA, that will seek to depart from what he calls "ass-backwards” scoring. Diaz has always been one who loves to stand and bang. He’s also a recent detractor of fighters who move around but don’t inflict damage and those who stall on the ground to gain the decision.
Those two styles are what lent him losses in his last two UFC fights, title bouts against Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre. And while he remains retired from the sport for now, it appears he doesn’t want that to win any bouts in his own promotion. He recently met up with Bloody Elbow to discuss what he thinks is wrong with MMA scoring today:
"It's all geared toward this certain scoring criteria that's really ass-backwards. Spastic movements are made on account of a lack of technical aspects, so some fighters try to make up for this lacking technical aspect with some sort of frantic, spastic movement. And they're awarding points for more of that stuff.”
“They spazz out, all over the fucking place. And, all of a sudden, at the end of the fight, you realize ... Hector Lombard lost [to Tim Boetsch]? What the fuck is that? He landed all the clean shots and stood his ground. That dude [Boetsch] had to bounce around and move around all over the place. Frantically!"
Diaz may or may not have a point here, depending on your point of view. There have been a ton of controversial decisions in MMA as of late, some mind-boggling. Useless movement and inaction when in top position on the ground are rewarded. On the other hand, those aspects do also lead to effective scoring in many a bout as well.
His new promotion is in its infancy stages, and will hold its inaugural event tonight. It will also look to depart from the current scoring system by utililizing some new viewpoints of what is effective or not. The event is available to watch at NickDiazPromotions.com, and pricing is based on a pay-what-you-want scale of donations.