Ringside judges at MFC 31 on Friday will score fights using a
half-point system, a first in the
Maximum Fighting Championship. The Edmonton Combative Sports
Commission announced the news in a press release.
“In Edmonton, we have two key stipulations regarding the event
Friday night,” said Pat Reid, executive director of the ECSC, in
the release. “We will only use COMMAND-certified judges who are
familiar with the half-point system.
“As we know, being down a full point in a three-round fight is
significant for the fighter who loses the first round,” he added.
“Our judges have experimented with this system for the past few
competitions -- using the 10-point-must system officially but
recording scores by the half-point system unofficially -- and only
one fight would have been affected had the half-point system been
applied. We would not have had a draw in one fight; we would have
had an actual winner if we had been using the half-point point
The half-point concept is actually part of a larger system designed
by longtime judge and referee Nelson “Doc” Hamilton. Aside from the
addition of half points, Hamilton’s Mixed Martial Arts Specific
scoring also calls for a fourth judge to record referee-called
submission “catches” and score the bouts based on independent
technical criteria to decide the winner in the event of a draw.
However, Sherdog.com confirmed with Reid on Friday that a table
judge will not be used at MFC 31.
“I spoke with Doc Hamilton and discussed the table judge addition.
What I surmise is that if you have experienced highly qualified
judges -- in this case, COMMAND-certified is our requirement --
then you don’t need the fourth judge at a table,” Reid told
Sherdog.com. “Our judges have experimented with the half-point
system and are quite comfortable with it.”
Headlined by a light heavyweight title confrontation between
Jimmo and Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou, MFC 31 airs live on HDNet at 10 p.m. ET.