As the debate regarding how fights are evaluated continues, there’s been no shortage of fighters speak out about the judging in MMA and whether the rules need to be changed. Cole Miller recently let it be known he’s not a big fan of the status-quo, and Conor McGregor has said he’s in favour of ditching the judges and time limit all together….Well, it sounds like UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and “Notorious” are on a similar page.
Of course, St. Pierre has drawn fire from critics in recent years, due to his recent run of decision wins. Well, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, GSP offered the following suggestions as to how the sport could produce more stoppage wins.
“I believe MMA should not [have] rounds,” said St. Pierre, who of course will throw down with #1 contender Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on November 16th. “A regular fight, for example, should be 15 minutes nonstop, and a championship fight should be 25 minutes nonstop.”
“I think by doing rounds, we’re breaking the momentum of the fight and making the fight different,” he said.
“If you want to see two guys fighting each other and see who’s the best man, let them fight. Don’t stop the fight until it’s finished. If there were no rounds, I believe there would be way more finishes.”
It’s hard to argue with that. Not only would conditioning become even more of a factor without rounds, but think about how many times you’ve seen a fighter staggered or caught in a submission, only to be saved by the bell?
Now could any of this happen? The chances are slim to none. As GSP also noted, the changes were made to make MMA more boxing like in nature, and now that the sport is finally mainstream, it’s hard to imagine a reversal back to an old-school format.
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