In what may be one of the worst decisions in MMA history, the California State Athletic Commission awarded Lyoto Machida a unanimous decision victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua this past Saturday.
Not one judge awarded a round for Rua, who was clearly controlling the fight. The “ten point must system” is used when judging MMA fights. The “system” is based on effective striking, grappling, aggression, and octagon control.
Mauricio Rua was clearly pushing the pace for most of the fight. Machida was on the defensive most of the time. There is your octagon control. As far as aggression, Shogun was throwing strikes with vicious intentions the entire night. Neither fighter hit the mat, and no take downs were scored so grappling is nullified.
Whenever there is a close fight like we saw this past Saturday, and an obvious poor decision is granted, I check the CompuStrike data immediately.
According to their website, The CompuStrike program produces data in 21 categories, including arm strikes (power strikes and clinch strikes), leg strikes (kicks and knees) and ground strikes. Tallied arm strikes, leg strikes and ground strikes produces a “Total Strike” stat. The CompuStrike program also tallies takedowns, takedown attempts, reversals, submission attempts, and dominant positions.
I love this program. It’s a great post fight analysis tool.
According to their data, Rua outlanded Machida 89-50 in the total strikes landed department, including 73 Leg Strikes . Shogun completely dominated the fight and did everything he needed to do to beat the undefeated Machida, including outlanding Machida in every round.
The Arm Strikes were virtually the same as both fighters landed 16 total Arm Strikes but it was Rua who dominated every position by landing the damaging Leg Strikes. Rua was able to land 46 kicks when going toe-to-toe with Machida, and landing 27 knees when in the clinch.
Check out the round by round stats here.
What a poor display of MMA judging. All 3 judges scored the fight 48-47, or 3-2, in favor of Machida. Nelson Hamilton, Cecil Peoples and Marcos Rosales score cards are featured below.