UFC President Dana White Not A Fan Of Open Scoring
UFC President Dana White isn’t exactly clamoring for open scoring.
Open scoring has been highly debated in the world of MMA and boxing. Those in favor of it believe it would force the fighter who is down on points to have a sense of urgency. Those against it feel the fighter ahead may be less inclined to take risks.
For White, he feels the excitement of not knowing who is ahead in a close fight would be diminished with open scoring. Here’s what he told ESPN+ subscribers during a live chat (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“When we do the fights, I have an idea of who I think won or lost or whatever, but when I’m standing there with the belt, I don’t know what Bruce Buffer is going to say. He doesn’t tell me anything. The judges tell him, the commission do their thing, they tell him, and I’m standing there waiting to hear too, so I’m just as blown away as the fans are. And I agree with you: It completely takes away the anticipation of who won the fight.”
White also argues that if fighters know they are ahead in a bout, they are more likely to play it safe.
“If a guy knows that he’s up two rounds and you’re a professional fighter, you can absolutely stay away from a guy for an entire round and make the fight completely horrible. If you already know you’ve got two rounds in the bag, guarantee if you saw your score up there, all (you) have to do is stay away from this guy for the next five minutes. That makes for a lot of bad third rounds.”