With the ever-increasing talent of its warriors, many fights in the UFC are extremely competitive and evenly matched.
Some of these fights have been so even that the judges have had a tough time scoring them. A lot of times a fight will end with an undeserving winner by split decision. This has left many fighters with a poor record, and many judges with an extreme lack of credibility from the UFC's beloved fans.
If an overtime system were to be implemented into the UFC, it would make winners more deserving, and it would also make for one hell of an exciting finish to already the most exciting sport in the world.
Many major sports in the U.S. already have some sort of overtime, so why can't the UFC?
If the UFC were to adapt some form of an overtime system, it would have to consist of one extra round lasting three minutes.
Three minutes would be an adequate amount of time due to the fact that the fighters would still have to use strategy, and wouldn't be able simply to go for the erratic knockout.
Sometimes a fight is too close to have the decision simply rest in the hands of the judges.
The most recent fight that comes to memory was Yoshihiro Akiyama's split decision victory over Alan Belcher at UFC 100.
In a fight in which Belcher landed the majority of the strikes, it was thought that he had pulled off the win against the highly-favored Japanese phenom. That was until Akiyama's hand was raised at the end of the fight, deeming him victorious via split decision.
An overtime round would've been extremely useful, and would've provided fans with the appropriate closure for a rather entertaining fight.
The Belcher-Akiyama fight is just one example of a fight that could've used some extra time to deem that the victor actually did enough to walk out of the octagon with a fresh win on his record.
The more competitive the sport gets, the closer the fights are going to be. So, Dana White, please do us all a favor and let the competitors in these close fights have three extra minutes to slug it out.
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