Everyone seems generally okay that Edgar / Maynard 2 went to a draw, but one area of dispute with the scoring was if Gray Maynard deserved a 10-8 round or the practically theoretical 10-7. Not much is known about 10-7 rounds in MMA, mainly because a) they’re given out so infrequently and b) most fights with a 10-7 round don’t make it to a decision. Here’s Dana White talking about them:

“One of the reporters texted me earlier and said listen, what do you think the first round is, and I said 10-8. And he said if that was a 10-8 then 10-7s don’t exist. And I’m the kind of person who thinks a 10-7 is like a unicorn, man. Some people have seen them but they’re very rare.”

As for what constitutes a 10-7, there’s no clear cut answer. Some say 10-8 is for domination while 10-7s are where the ref should have stopped the fight but didn’t. Others say 10-7 is just another stupid carry over from boxing that needs to be trashed. Here’s Michael DiSanto from UFC.com getting in on the discussion, laying out the Nevada guidelines for a 10-7 and comparing the fight to past ass-whuppings that could have also deserved a 3-point round:

The scoring standard in Nevada dictates that a fighter who dominates a round shall be awarded a score of at least 10-8.  A judge may, in his or her discretion, opt to score the round 10-7, but there is no other objective guidance as to when to score a round 10-8 or 10-7.  By definition, if a fighter “dominates” a round, he wins in clear, one-sided fashion.   See the problem?

Maynard definitely dominated the first round by any standard, so it was at least a 10-8 round.  I am not convinced that he did enough for a 10-7 round, but again, that is a purely subjective decision.  I based my score on the fact that I can think of other bouts where a round was even more one sided without finishing the fight – re-watch, for example, the second round of Junior dos Santos versus Roy Nelson or the first round between Todd Duffee and Mike Russow.  Nobody was calling for a 10-7 score in those rounds, so people shouldn’t be offended by a 10-8 score for the first round of Edgar-Maynard II.

With that said, I cannot argue if anyone opted to score the round 10-7.  Different judges can come to different conclusions after watching a one-sided beating, particularly since there are no objective criteria to choose between 10-8 and 10-7. 

So 10-7s exist, but there’s no guidelines on when they should be used. Don’t you love all the gaps in MMA rules and regulations? It sure is great to have boxing’s retarded scoring system grafted onto our sport with such care and deep thought.