In an evolving sport in which gripes against officiating are commonplace, the Kansas Athletic Commission will experiment with a major change.
Beginning March 1, the KAC will offer MMA promoters the option for "real-time" scoring, Kansas boxing commissioner Adam Roorbach told ESPN on Monday. After every round, the score of the fight will become public knowledge -- told to the fighters' corners, the broadcast team and the fans in attendance. Currently in MMA, the scores are read only at the conclusion of a bout that goes the distance.
Roorbach said the use of real-time scoring is up to the promoter and the commission will be flexible to the promoter's desires. It doesn't have to be used at all; it can be used for some fights and not others; and the scoring information can be given only to select people in between rounds.
Invicta FC, the all-women promotion that airs on UFC Fight Pass, will be the first promotion to use open scoring in Kansas for its March 6 card in Kansas City.