Courtesy of bloodyelbow.com
In official Nevada State Athletic Commission documents, instructions to the judges are clear: “The fighter who dominates a round is given a score of 10-8 (a score of 10-7 is possible for a dominant round)."
At UFC 125, Gray Maynard began his fight with Frankie Edgar in the most dominant of ways. Round 1 of their lightweight championship battle saw Maynard land 97 punches in a single round. Many of those shots were devastating, as Edgar was wobbled through the entire period and was knocked down on three occasions.
Edgar would somehow survive the attack and make sure to bring the fight to "The Bully" during the final four rounds. The war waged on for the entire 25-minute period, and ultimately, was scored a draw by the judges.
The mentality behind the draw was that Edgar had one three rounds, while Maynard won two, and one of those rounds was 10-8.
If the first round of Maynard vs. Edgar was in fact one of the one-sided beatdowns in MMA history, you've got to wonder how much more the judges needed to see in order to award the 10-7 that is at their disposal.
Maynard spoke at the post-fight press conference regarding why he felt that the fight was his.
"You've got the round where it could have been 10-7, I thought," he said. "I dropped him like five times. He didn't land a punch. At least a 10-8, maybe even more."
A proper score of 10-7 in that round would have led to a 46-47, 48-45, 47-46 split-decision victory for Maynard. Unfortunately for "The Bully," judges failed to pull the trigger, and he was not allowed to leave the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the belt that he rightfully earned.