Carl's Reversal
Scoring an MMA events generally involves three judges who evaluate individual fights. Similar to boxing, the 10-Point Must System is the standard.

  • 10 points are awarded to the winner of the round
  • 9 points or less are given to the loser of the round
  • Unless the judges determine the round in even, in which case both fighters with receive 10 points
  • Each fight is judged based on the variety of MMA techniques used by the fighters – effective grappling, striking, control of the fighting arena, takedowns, aggressiveness, and defense
  • Weight in scoring is given in the following order: striking, grappling, control of the fighting area, aggressiveness, and defense
  • Judges score striking by the number of legal strikes that are landed by each fighter
  • Grappling is judged based on the number of successful takedowns and reversals
  • Control of the fighting area is judged by who is controlling the pace of the fight, the location of the action and the positioning of the fighting
  • In some states, a fighter cannot receive less than seven points
    • Decision by score cards
    • Unanimous: all three judges score the fight for the same fighter
    • Split Decision: two judges score a fight for one fighter and one judge scores for the other fighter
    • Majority Decision: two judges score a fight for one fighter and the third judges scores the fight a draw
  • Draws can be unanimous, majority, or split decision
  • There are four scoring criteria used by the judges when they score a round
    • 10-10 Round when both fighters are competing evenly and neither fighter dominates the round
    • 10-9 Round is when one fighter wins the round by a close margin
    • 10-8 Round a fighter clearly dominates the round
    • 10-7 a fighter completely dominates their opponent
  •  A sliding scale used by judges to ascertain the time fighters are standing or on the mat
  • If fighters spend majority of the round on the mat, then:
    • Effective grappling has the most weight
    • Striking is weighted second
  • If fighters spend most of the round standing, then:
    • Striking has the most weight
    • Then grappling is weighted second