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With a pair of championships up for grabs this weekend at UFC 270, Scott and Dan decided to revisit one of the greatest January title fights ever: Edgar-Maynard 2. The CSJ decided it was time to rescore it after two years and an explosion of knowledge and understanding of proper MMA scoring, so this is the classic's Appeal Edition. Did their scores…
 
Once upon a time, Scott and Dan started a podcast about MMA judging and thought they knew what they were talking about. They didn't, and they spent the first several months scoring fights in dumb ways. The CSJ are schooled now, so they thought it was time to give a second look at some old Past Judgments, such as Triple C's upset of Mighty Mouse in …
 
The Judgies are back! Scott and Dan are ready to hand out hardware (it's in the mail, unless it's stolen) for officiating and fighting categories. The CSJ had such fun distributing awards they got a little carried away, but hopefully you'll have fun looking back on the year that was in 2021 MMA.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
The Data Special returns! Scott and Dan are back to break down what all the data from scored rounds in UFC, Bellator and PFL in 2021 can tell us about the state of MMA judging. Did the infamous 10-8 scores in Round 5 of Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya have a clear impact on the number of 10-8s handed out the rest of the year? Are judges more (or…
 
The epic MMA judging nerd team-up finally is here! Scott and Dan are thrilled to welcome Sean Sheehan, essentially the pioneer of advocating MMA judging criteria education to the masses, to break down the contested rounds from UFC 269. We break down some interesting scores which, quite possibly, might have been different a year ago. Plus, thoughts …
 
A day later than usual, Scott and Dan are back with a breakdown of the (very few) contested rounds from the UFC Apex on Saturday. More importantly, the CSJ have strong thoughts on a round in William Knight's win over Alonzo Menifield that the judges saw unanimously one way and the media scores on MMA Decisions saw unanimously the other way. Which i…
 
The CSJ had no rounds to break down from the weekend as they digested their turkey and, especially in Dan's case, the Thanksgiving sides. But before Scott and Dan look ahead to next weekend, they went back to 2010 and re-scored Jose Aldo's first WEC featherweight title defense against Urijah Faber. And boy, was that one lopsided. Give a listen and …
 
Finishes, as far as the eye can see! With so much abbreviated action at UFC Apex, Scott and Dan had just three rounds to examine from this weekend's action. But two of them came from the thrilling main event and, predicably, ruffled some feathers despite all three judges giving the fight to Max Holloway, as virtually all agreed. The CSJ break down …
 
Scott reports back on his experience covering UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden and explains why even a seat 10 feet from the octagon is too far away to appropriately score a fight. And with both championship fights decided on a pair of Contested Rounds, it's a no brainer that Dan and Scott examine who won each frame — and the titles.…
 
The sequel to one of the best fights of 2019 arrives this weekend at Madison Square Garden as Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington meet once again at UFC 268. Although the first fight didn't quite make it to the judges, Scott and Dan decided to put it through the Past Judgment treatment anyway, evaluating the first 4:10 of Round 5 to decide who was in …
 
The Score's Nick Baldwin joins as guest CSJ as Dan and Scott break down the fallout from UFC 267. The trio also revisit the judging in Abu Dhabi, which was largely on point. What was *not* impressive? The refereeing in Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos' win over Benoit Saint Denis, which did not please anyone on the show.…
 
After what felt like a weeklong event, PFL completed crowning its 2021 champions and awarding each $1 million. Scott and Dan have some thoughts on the organization's artificially-long event, as well as some of the split rounds from the crew of local Florida judges tasked with assessing who deserves the seven-figure prizes, if need be.…
 
Scott and Dan kept their focus on the UFC (mostly) and Bellator on a very busy combat sports Saturday. The CSJ break down the Contested Rounds, as usual, without too much controversy despite a split decision and a majority draw. Plus, point deductions galore! The boys discuss the bevy of penalized fouls from the UFC main card.…
 
UFC and Bellator seamlessly flowed one main card to the other Saturday. Before the transition, however, Scott and Dan were left with eight Contested Rounds to break down, including one from the terrible main event. The CSJ will break them all down, as well as debate a surprising 10-8 split in Bellator's headlining title fight that also served as on…
 
The episode you've all been waiting for is here! Or, at least, the episode we told you would be a little delayed. With Dan back from Las Vegas, he and Scott can finally break down the four Contested Rounds from Saturday's fight card from, including the blood-spilling third round between Damon Jackson and Charles Rosa.…
 
Judging talk takes a back seat to discussion surrounding the use of replay at the UFC Apex to rule Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland a no contest. Scott and Dan discuss the events that led up to the decision after a clash of heads changed the direction of the fight. The CSJ also take the time to break down since takeaways from last week's CSAC officia…
 
What a beautiful collection of violence us fight fans were treated to on Saturday, with no higher spot than Round 3 of the main event between featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega. Scott and Dan welcome Ryan Frederick of Wrestling Observer and Fight Game Media to break down the six rounds in which the judges' disagreed in wh…
 
With Dan being such a Nick Diaz fan, the CSJ just had to put a pair of his fights through the Past Judgment treatment ahead of his long-awaited return to the octagon on Saturday for UFC 266. That includes his first fight with Robbie Lawler, as the two will square off in a rematch 17 years in the making. Plus, Scott and Dan look ahead to that fight …
 
Scott and Dan lead with Bellator in this one, as they had the more high-profile matchup off the weekend compared to UFC. More importantly for this show, Davis-Romero featured one of the most contested scorecards. The CSJ break down why this judge who assessed the score almost surely will want that one back. Plus, the boys break down a few UFC round…
 
Past Judgment has returned! And the CSJ are going with an unorthodox pick this time by reviewing Silva-Sonnen I, which did not go the distance but saw The Spider pull off a wild fifth-round finish in a fight he clearly was losing. But how far behind would Silva been if the bout had been scored using Scott and Dan's more liberal use of 10-8s and 10-…
 
The judges at the Apex were almost fully in sync — outside of a pair of rounds in the curtain jerker. Scott and Dan brown those down, and CSJ had plenty of time to debate oblique kicks, championship contention and a pair of English prospects who shined in Las Vegas on Saturday.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
Three split decisions from UFC Apex are the stuff those CSJ gents are all about. Scott and Dan examine all three, including one that featured two point deductions. Judge Adalaide Byrd was involved in two of the three, with one round drawing a sharp critique — although one of the hosts backed her in a separate Contested Round. Tune in to see what an…
 
Tony Cummings, of the most forward-thinking regulators in combat sports, drops by to chat with Scott and Dan about its recently-approved ONE Championship rule set, the possibility of open scoring coming to his state, and how he would like to see MMA grow during his time with the Colorado commission.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
Scott and Dan welcome guest Drake Riggs, who contributes to a host of MMA outlets, to break down how Houston had a few judging problems as the UFC returned for the second time this year. The CSJ break down the six split rounds, with mostly local judges in the minority, and discuss why it might be better to trust the devil you know than the devil yo…
 
Past Judgment returns! This being the week before a UFC pay-per-view, Scott and Dan are back for a Friday edition of CSJ that revisits the 2011 featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick — the one where Hominick made it interesting in the final round after a huge hematoma sprouted from his forehead. Plus, a look ahead to UFC 265.…
 
Bellator took top billing over the weekend, but it was the UFC card that featured two fights close enough to have been scored a draw from at least one judge. Scott and Dan break those down, as well as a hyper-challenging split decision on the Bellator main card.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
The big UFC headliner for the weekend is Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw, but Scott and Dan already put some of their best Past Judgment candidates through the process, so they went in a different direction. Since Couture’s dominant win over champions Sylvia in 2007 was Dan’s first live televised MMA experience, we went back to that one to see how …
 
Plenty of finishes and few split rounds at UFC Apex on Saturday. Scott and Dan break those few down as usual, and they had enough time to dive into the close split decision headliner at Bellator 262, which left Dan ready to rage about what he can't stand fun the Bellator MMA product.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
Dan plays the hero again and carries the episode, while Scott’s still a mess. In honor of Miesha Tate’s return from nearly five years away from competition, the CSJ selected a fight from her catalogue with some big extremes for each woman. Did their scoring system’s more liberal use of 10-8s allow for a different result than the majority decision w…
 
Dan handled the heavy lifting for Scott, who was under the weather, but it wasn’t too heavy as UFC 264 produced relatively few scored rounds and only five splits among the judges. That included the only round from the hyped rubber match between Poirier and McGregor. Did “The Diamond” deserve a 10-8 or only a 10-9? The CSJ weigh in.…
 
It’s always “Conor McGregor this; Conor McGregor that.” Not on our show. Scott and Dan are making it Dustin Poirier fight week with a pair of Past Judgment looks back at some of his excellent lightweight battles from recent years. It’s hard to have a bad time watching a Poirier fight, but does the CSJ system tweak the winner in a pair of close cont…
 
Dan hates fireworks for some weird reason, but he's a big fan of the figurative fireworks we love to see from wild opening rounds in MMA. So with that in mind, Scott and Dan picked three fights with explosive and stunning first rounds that ended in the second frame, and the CSJ duo score them using their more liberal scoring system.…
 
After raging a bit at the dumb UFC decision to create an interim title for next months pay-per-view event in Houston, Scott and Dan settle in for something much more fun involving the big boys: the classic five-round draw between Hunt and Bigfoot. And the CSJ scoring system gets a real workout in this one. Watch the fight, then listen to the Couchs…
 
A very busy fight weekend yielded split decisions at all the major North American promotions: UFC, Bellator and PFL. Scott and Dan weigh in on all the relevant rounds, as usual, and try to figure out what to do with Ciryl Gane after his win in the UFC headliner.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
Scott and Dan are going back — way back — to the early days of the unified rules era for this week’s Past Judgment, examining one of the top fights from 2001 as The Natural and The Rock exchanged big rounds early in their grueling heavyweight title clash. The CSJ look back at how that fight would score in their system, and Scott sprinkles in some l…
 
The Korean Zombie earned a clear decision, but a few split nods on the UFC card warranted further examination. But the biggest judging flub of 2021 came in the PFL headliner, and it's one Scott and Dan have strong thoughts about. Check out why we *almost* resorted to the R word that rhymes with "snobbery."…
 
A double dip into Past Judgment gets heated as Scott and Dan nearly come to blows and fire one another from the show. OK, not really. But with a pair of interesting fights from a CSJ scoring perspective, there's plenty of discussion of what constitutes a 10-8 in our patent-pending criteria.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
The Last Stylebender was rarely in trouble en route to a trio of 50-45 scorecards, and the judges in Arizona were strong overall. But one of the worst injury stoppages Scott and Dan can remember is a black spot on a great fight card. We'll talk about that, some contested rounds, and a PFL fight with scoring all over the map.…
 
A rematch of one of the most acclaimed title fights of 2020 is on tap as UFC 263 will take center stage, even in a jam-packed major MMA week. And since that fight went down as a fascinating majority draw between champion Figueiredo and challenger Moreno, it only made sense for Scott and Dan to revisit it for Past Judgment. Would the CSJ system alte…
 
The heavyweights did their job Saturday at UFC Apex, with both the main event and co-headliner ending inside of the first 5 minutes. Nice job, big guys. Although one of the CSJ’s most contentious decisions came from the other heavyweight fight, the featured prelim. Scott and Dan will put that fight under the microscope for an abbreviated Contested …
 
Live major MMA returns Saturday with the UFC after a welcome weekend off. It’s a disappointing heavyweight headliner in Las Vegas, so Dan and Scott skipped looking back at any of the competitor’s past fights. Instead, they revisited a terrific light heavyweight title clash from 2015 that saw all three judges post different scorecards.…
 
No live major events to break down the judging, so Past Judgment returns for our Memorial Day show with one of the UFC Hall of Fame title fights: Jones-Gustafsson I. The bout was close in 2013, how close exactly? Scott and Dan reexamined it and found one round that ought to have been scored to a higher degree than the others — if CSJ scoring a real…
 
No fights this weekend, so the CSJ just went with a theme for this week’s dual Past Judgments: Stockton’s own Nate Diaz. Can Dan resist his pro-209 bias and score these fights down the middle? Watch the fights, then see what he and Scott thought.By Scott Fontana and Dan Urban
 
After a volatile UFC 262 from a judging standpoint, thanks largely to Houston-based officials, the UFC returned to the comforts of Las Vegas. And while the overall quality of the judging was a cut above last week’s event, Scott and Dan still had plenty of Contested Rounds to discuss. That includes a pair of splits in the headliner, with one judge’s…
 
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