The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

Judges’ decisions are an integral part of combat sports, from boxing and wrestling to mixed martial arts (MMA). However, data collected from more than 500 men’s and women’s mixed martial arts contests found the rate at which competitors fight (the number of strikes attempted per second) is more likely to result in judges awarding victory than the skill with which they attack their opponents (the percentage of significant strikes that land firmly on the target).