Originally Posted by HRoi
Stating the obvious re: ice dancing - any "sport" that requires judging of "elements" is inherently going to make that result bullshit. The best example of judgement systems ruining even a real sport is boxing, although I do understand why we can't just let them fight until someone dies.
As bad as boxing judging is, MMA judging is worse. In boxing, you generally know who the better boxer is by the fourth round and the rest of the fight is a formality. Most MMA fights are three rounds long and use boxing's 10-point-must system (the winner of the round gets 10 points, the loser gets 9 points or fewer). This often leads to a situation in which one fighter dominates one round, loses the other two narrowly, and loses the fight. Or the fighters fight three very close rounds that could be scored either way. Several people have suggested that MMA fights last 30 minutes with no breaks, and if there is no finish, the fight is scored as a draw. That suggestion is a non-starter for many reasons.