UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience, and said he wishes there were no rounds in MMA.
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Georges St-Pierre says he wishes there were no rounds in MMA. That's the true way to determine who is the best fighter. #UFC
The remarks parallel those of UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie, who cited them as a reason for selling the UFC, when a Royce vs. Ken Shamrock superfight made rounds mandatory to adhere to the PPV schedule.
“We had to time the fights now, so a winner could be declared” said Rorion in a 2009 interview. “But how do you determine a jiu-jitsu winner if he’s at the mercy of judges who don’t understand jiu-jitsu? A jiu-jitsu fighter fights on his back, with his opponent on top of him. He needs time to wear out his opponent, to ‘cook’ him like my father did. There were rounds, and I no longer wanted to be involved. I wasn’t happy. It’s like a girlfriend you love until she becomes a bitch.”
So what do you think UG? Would rounds make a difference? And if so, does it matter?