Originally Posted by carbondioxide830
since when does mma give out 10-10 and 9-9 rounds? sure nobody won the first two rounds convincingly, but if push comes to shove, i dont see how you couldnt give those two to rampage.
You just gave a perfect example of how I see it.
First 2 rounds were so close that I would score them 10-10 (like they usually call K-1 fights and some Japanese MMA fights) If there is no clear winner, no one wins the round.
Then give Page the last round.
That is the way I think more judges should judge MMA. If there is no CLEAR winner don't give either guy the round.
At the end of the fight I could see it for 2-1 Page and I could see it for 2-1 Machida.
I thought the most impressive part of the fight was Rampage's walk out to the Pride music. Rampage looked better than last time he fought and I hope he continues on the same track. Quinton....do not go back to the UK....do not train with Wolfslayer....train in the US...fight with a chip on your shoulder and fight with a little anger.
I thought rounds 1 and 2 were both toss up....I didn't look at the numbers because MMA scoring is really based on octagon control, not punches or sub attempts or strictly takedowns.
Rampage would follow Mashida around, get just into range, then stop, let Machida move and use his quickness....then repeat. It could be perceived either way. Was Rampage showing his octagon control by stalking Machida or was Machida showing that he could use his distance and control how close he let Rampage get to him and prevented what Rampage was trying to do the whole fight.
Sherdog says the following about round 1 : UFC 123 Postmortem: Judges, Torn Legacies
After two rounds, Lyoto Machida performed the most significant attack in a fight against Quinton Jackson Saturday at UFC 123 by taking him down, mounting him, attempting a submission, and landing blows from on top. He had accomplished substantially more in one round than Jackson had in two
I haven't rewatched the fight. I am only cutting and pasting what a media outlet has stated. I thought neither guy was all that impressive and I also think that Rampage's best MMA days are behind him and I don't see either guy ever winning the UFC LHW belt again.