Watson: A takedown wins the round to judges


Nick Catone and the UK's Tom "Kong" Watson fought Saturday night at UFC 169, with Catone taking a controversial Split Decision. Catone ended up in the hospital with a torn ACL suffered in the third round, and Watson was left frustrated, and uncertain about MMA scoring, specifically the worth of a takedown.

“I’ve seen this before with the same result,” said Watson. “If you have a takedown, it wins you the round, whether you do anything or not.

“I came out with less damage, but I was taken down. It was difficult. I don’t know what to do."

The issue of scoring takedowns in MMA is a contentious one, and has been for nearly as long as there has been scoring in the sport. If a fighter takes down another, but does no damage, and tries for no submissions, was it of significance? Indeed, if a fighter takes down another simply in order to smother the others' attacks, is it even a form a of timidity?

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Hawthorne site profile image  

2/3/14 11:51 AM by Hawthorne

Takedowns should just be scored within the confines of "Octagon Control", similar to how clinch fighting along the cage is scored.

Mark Hunts Pet Monkey site profile image  

2/3/14 9:16 AM by Mark Hunts Pet Monkey

True, but Kong knew the current rules and how fights are scored heading into the fight. Being all indignant after the fact is pointless. Bottom line is, he wasn't prepared.

Heikki Mustola site profile image  

2/3/14 8:20 AM by Heikki Mustola

He forgot. He forgot to check the kicks.

cool hand Ed site profile image  

2/3/14 7:23 AM by cool hand Ed


Adulterous_Zucchini site profile image  

2/3/14 2:04 AM by Adulterous_Zucchini

Takedowns should be valued, but failed takedowns should be counted against the fighter attempting them.

orcus site profile image  

2/3/14 1:55 AM by orcus

"This is why the scoring system in pride was light years ahead of unified rules. It is supposed to be a fight, not a wrestling match crossed with point karate."How many decisions did Arona lose in Pride?

Maasiai site profile image  

2/2/14 11:18 PM by Maasiai

This is why the scoring system in pride was light years ahead of unified rules. It is supposed to be a fight, not a wrestling match crossed with point karate.

jpm995 site profile image  

2/2/14 11:03 PM by jpm995

I thought Watson got robbed, the takedowns did nothing.

Jody site profile image  

2/2/14 10:54 PM by Jody

Watson is high as hell, if he thinks that he did anything that would justify giving him the fight.His boxing was no better than Catone, and his takedown defense is horrible. I agree that many times, takedowns are given way too much emphasis in MMA scoring, and Catone was not that impressive at all, but Watson has no call to be complaining about not getting a win. He fought like shit, and he should be man enough to admit it.This was a fight to see who could out-sorry the other.

cool hand Ed site profile image  

2/2/14 10:12 PM by cool hand Ed

Takedowns are scored too heavily in MMA and damage is scored too lightly.It's funny how a fight has actually become about NOT beating the shit out of your opponent in some cases.