The ABC introduces new changes to the Unified Rules.

Posted: July 17, 2012 in Commentary/Opinion, Cool Stuff We Like, Latest news

Bloody Elbow just published a very neat and organized run-down on the new changes to MMA’s Unified Rules. Apparently the ABC (Association of Boxing Commission) recently had it’s annual conference, and decided both the fate of the 1/2 point scoring system (fail) and discussed any needed changes to the Unified Rules (see below). Why a boxing commission is discussing any of this is beyond me. Moving on.

At any rate, here are some of the notable changes:1.) Effective Defense removed as a criteria.

2.) Striking and Grappling are now considered to be given equal weight.

3.) The term “damage” will no longer be used as a descriptor when discussing the scoring of a round. It will be replaced by “effective”.

Another major addition by the ABC is that they finally decided to define those nebulous terms to score fights, such as “effective striking” and “cage control”

1.) “Effective Striking” – Heavier strikes that have a visible impact on the opponent will be given more weight than the number of strikes landed.

2.) “Effective Grappling” – judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown, reversals and submission attempts.

3.) “Effective Aggression” – moving forward scoring with a legal technique or attacking from the guard with threatening submissions.

4.) “Cage/Ring Control” – dictating the pace, place and position of the fight.


Notes: Um, why did it take so long to define these terms? Anyway, at least we have a basis point right? And I like the definitions. The key of course will be to see if judges take these definitions to heart. And if they do, maybe we’ll see a resurgence in BJJ, especially the guard, if we’re now going to see sweeps and attacks of the back scored in the same manner as takedowns. As far as the changes go, I guess it’s good that they (judges) are going to weigh grappling and striking equally. In a matter of full disclosure, I always thought that was the case. Anyone know what it used to be? And what’s the deal with “effective defense” being removed as a criteria? Isn’t that equally as important to the striking game? Thank G Flyod Mayweather doesn’t fight MMA.

Anyway, thought it was interesting. What’s your take on the new changes? Overall, it appears this will open up fights a bit more and promote more exciting action. Let’s hope that’s the case.


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