Not all the Wins are equal.
People are looking at number of factors when evaluating specific fight.
Wining by a close split decision should be treated differently than a dominant victory.
Fighting a great fighter when he is out of his prime should carry less significance.
So, when there is a significant factor associated with a fight, we mark that fight accordingly.
Marks are not hard facts (like official score, KO/submission fight end), but they are universally accepted specifics that tell more accurate story about the fight.
Following are the Fight Marks that we use:
- Close fight
- Wrong ruling
- Size difference
- Dominant performance
- Exciting performance
Lots of fights can be considered a close fight. But to mark something as a close fight, we are looking for the consensus from the multiple journalistic sources.
In a close fight, winner gets a negative mark and loser a positive mark.
There are 3 levels for close fight: 1 - close fight ; 2 - very close fight ; 3 - extremly close (controversial) decision.
Example of the extremely close fight:
- Mauricio Rua - Lyoto Machida (first fight)
- Kevin Randleman - Bas Rutten
- Carlos Condit - Martin Kampmann
- Evan Dunham - Sean Sherk
- Nam Phan - Leonard Garcia (first fight)
This mark is used when outcome is flawed. Typical flawed situations are:
a.) Referee incorrect ruling (Loss should be changed to NC or somebody gets a win on a technicality after being beaten in the fight)
- Jon Jones - Matt Hamill
- Fedor Emelianenko - Tsuyoshi Kosaka
- Anthony Johnson - Kevin Burns
b.) Fake fights (mostly before 1999)
- Minoru Suzuki - Ken Shamrock
- Nobuhiko Takada - Mark Coleman
- Josh Barnett - Randy Couture
This mark is used only when have an obvious differences in weight and size.
In the modern era, it is not used that often.
- B.J. Penn - Lyoto Machida
- Pat Miletich - Dan Severn
- Manny Gamburyan - Jorge Santiago
- Akihiro Gono - Mauricio Rua
- Akira Shoji - Semmy Schilt
- Randy Couture - Tim Sylvia
Significantly larger opponent gets a bigger negative mark for that fight. Smaller opponent gets a positive mark irregardless of the fight outcome.
When somebody is dominant, that win is worth more. Only dominant wins against worthy opponents are marked. For dominant mark we need consensus from multiple different sources (multiple reviews on different websites are referring to a dominant victory).
There are three levels of dominance:
3. ultimate dominance (Anderson Silva - Forrest Griffin ; Royce Gracie - Jason Delucia)
2. very dominant (Chris Weidman - Mark Munoz ; B.J. Penn - Diego Sanchez)
When somebody is dominant, doesn't necessarily need to be exciting. The majority of times we have exciting fight where nobody is dominant.
For exciting performance fighter gets a positive mark (several levels of a positive mark).
Fight is marked as exciting when:
a.) fight is a war or very technical - both fighter get positive mark (even a loser).
- Forrest Griffin - Stephan Bonnar
- Chan Sung Jung - Leonard Garcia
- Don Frye - Yoshihiro Takayama
b.) when a fighter has an exciting finish (remarkable submission, amazing KO, come from behind win) - only winner gets a mark.
- Anthony Pettis - Benson Henderson
- Toby Imada - Jorge Masvidal
- Ryo Chonan - Anderson Silva
- Anderson Silva - Vitor Belfort