When a fight is finished and the winner is declared, we cannot change the official decision. But we can put some Marks (flags, annotations) on that fight to say:
- fight was very close, it could go either way
- that win should be changed to NC because doping or some obvious judges mistake.
When somebody wins, but it is not just a regular win, we should put a Mark that says:
- this was a Dominant performance,
- fight was very Exciting,
- this was a spectacular finish (Twister submission, first ever spinning-wheel kick knockout, Anthony Pettis kick)
Also, if there is something else specific to the fight that reflects on how we should grade that fight, we should Mark that fight appropriately.
One or both fighters can get a Mark for some fight.
There are multiple levels for each Mark type (1-close fight, 2-very close fight, 3-extremly close).
We need to have established multiple source consensus before we can put a mark on a fight. Sources are MMA websites and people that do commentary and analysis for MMA.
Marks are used to enhance Current Score calculation and that is why there are strict rules on how to award those marks.
Putting Marks on a fight tells a story about that fight. Here are some examples:
- Apr 24, 2010 / Leonard Garcia - Chan Sung Jung
Both fighters get positive mark for extremely Exciting (level 3) fight. Fight was also very, very Close, so Garcia has -3 Close fight deduction on Win, and Korean Zombie gets +3 (Close fight level 3) on his Loss.
- Dec 5, 2009 / Jon Jones - Matt Hamill
Hamill win by DQ. Extremely Wrong and Dominant for Jones in his loss by DQ.
- Feb 12, 2011 / Antonio Silva - Fedor Emelianenko
Antonio Silva wins and has fight marks for Very Dominant, small negative mark for Size difference.