Roy Nelson calls for three-minute rounds in MMA


UFC heavyweight contender Roy Nelson recently told he’d like to see professional MMA adopt three-minute rounds, a length utilized in boxing and most amateur MMA fights. Under the change, a professional MMA fight would rise from three rounds to five and title fights would become 10-round affairs.

“You’d probably see a lot more action because you’re constantly trying to win the round,” Nelson said. “Guys wouldn’t be feeling out for two minutes. It’s boom, you’ve got to go right away.

“They want to add more championship rounds -- that’s where I say switch everything to three minutes and go 10 rounds. Then you have a lot of ups and downs.”

Nelson points to a light heavyweight fight between Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida at UFC 123 to illustrate his point. Jackson won a split decision in the fight, conceivably by taking two action-less rounds before being handled convincingly by Machida in the third.

“Split that up and Machida wins, hands down,” Nelson said. “The first two rounds could have been 10-10, because nothing happened. Then Machida dominated late.”

“I’d say judges lose sight,” Nelson said. “One guy will dominate for four minutes, the other dominates for a minute and they give the round to the second guy.

“I’ve watched fights where I actually take a stopwatch and say, ‘No, he won four minutes of that round but the judges gave it to the other guy.’ They just remember that last minute. Three minutes is short enough that the whole round stays in your head.”

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free style 100 site profile image  

5/10/11 7:35 PM by free style 100

 IT needs to be no time limits,after 20 minutes,5 minute break,no judges except maby ref it had to be,and back to the old rules. There sure would be alot of diffrent title holders,to make it fair though maybe give fighters a choice on how they want things to happen hey even have 2 diffrent choices old school rules or mma rules of today it will never happen just saying it would open alot of doors for all fighters and be fun to watch

ortman166 site profile image  

5/10/11 6:46 PM by ortman166

I hate this idea, I know it's impossible but if I had the choice it would still be no time limits.

player240sx site profile image  

5/10/11 6:30 PM by player240sx

 Heres a proposition- Get Rid of judges altogether and let the closest man to the action declare a winner. The Ref?

diggity site profile image  

5/10/11 3:00 PM by diggity

No he wouldn't. he got busted for juice.

RKing85 site profile image  

5/10/11 2:09 PM by RKing85

I know I am in the minority, but I always thought 4 minute rounds were good. More than enough time to work on the ground. And in theory, shorter rounds should lead to more acurate scores (although we all know judges will fuck up any system)Young guys would fight 3, 4 minute rounds. Top guys and all non-title UFC fights would be 5 rounds, and title fights would be 7 rounds.

Son of Neckbone site profile image  

5/10/11 1:11 PM by Son of Neckbone

Roy Nelson is correct on all accounts. I like 3 minute rounds with no standups unless there is flagrant stalling.

Storkukidinmun site profile image  

5/10/11 12:42 PM by Storkukidinmun

don't like the proposal at all. if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I like things the way they are.

notsobigmike site profile image  

5/10/11 10:52 AM by notsobigmike

I never liked that structure. I just prefer the rounds to be all the same length. I have no problem with 3 5-minute rounds or even 3 10-minute rounds.Mixing up the lengths just never made sense to me.

Morgz site profile image  

5/10/11 8:08 AM by Morgz

I'd prefer 2 rounds of 10 minutes each, followed by a 3rd round of 5 minutes, all fought in a huge ring with 5 ropes. May as well allow knees to the head of a grounded opponent while we're at it.

Biggy site profile image  

5/10/11 8:01 AM by Biggy

um NO. thanks to that extra 2 minutes, we got to see hominick pound Aldo resulting in 55000 fans standing out of their seats.