(a) All bouts will
be evaluated and scored by three judges.
(b) The 10-Point Must System will be the
standard system of scoring a bout. Under the 10-Point Must Scoring System, 10
points must be awarded to the winner of the round and nine points or less must
be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even round, which is scored
(c) Judges shall evaluate
mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling,
control of the fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense.
(d) Evaluations shall be made in the order in
which the techniques appear in (c) above, giving the most weight in scoring to
effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area and
effective aggressiveness and defense.
(e) Effective striking is judged by
determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed by a
(f) Effective grappling
is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal
takedown and reversals. Examples of factors to consider are take downs from
standing position to mount position, passing the guard to mount position, and
bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard.
(g) Fighting area control is judged by
determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout.
Examples of factors to consider are countering a grappler's attempt at takedown
by remaining standing and legally striking; taking down an opponent to force a
ground fight; creating threatening submission attempts, passing the guard to
achieve mount, and creating striking opportunities.
(h) Effective aggressiveness means moving
forward and landing a legal strike.
(i) Effective defense means avoiding being
struck, taken down or reversed while countering with offensive
objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring a
1. A round is to be scored as a 10-10
Round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant
shows clear dominance in a round;
2. A round is to be scored as a 10-9 Round
when a contestant wins by a close margin, landing the greater number of
effective legal strikes, grappling and other maneuvers;
3. A round is to be scored as a 10-8 Round
when a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a
4. A round is to be scored
as a 10-7 Round when a contestant totally dominates by striking or grappling in
shall use a sliding scale and recognize the length of time the fighters are
either standing or on the ground, as follows:
If the mixed martial artists spent a
majority of a round on the canvas, then:
Effective grappling is weighed first; and
ii. Effective striking is then
If the mixed
martial artists spent a majority of a round standing, then:
i. Effective striking is weighed first;
ii. Effective grappling is then
3. If a round
ends with a relatively even amount of standing and canvas fighting, striking
and grappling are weighed equally.