Colorado Commission Adopts Open Scoring for MMA, Boxing Bouts
Colorado will be the second state to have an open score for sporting events.
According to an ESPN report, the Colorado State Boxing Committee on Tuesday voted the open score for mixed martial arts and boxing. Colorado joins Kansas as the only states to adopt the measure. The Kansas Sports Committee implemented the open scoring in February 2020 and was used consistently at Invicta Fighting Championship events.
Open or real-time scoring allows the judges’ score sheets to be publicly known after each round and not just at the end of a match. This information could be useful to fighters, broadcasters, and corners – and can help determine an athlete’s approach as a race progresses.
CSBC director Tony Cummings said the open score would be optional for Colorado event supporters.
“I’ve been in the industry for a long time as a coach, with fighter angles and things like that,” Cummings told ESPN. “[The idea for open scoring] definitely comes from the point of view of transparency. I think real-time accountability applies. I have to answer these questions [about
judging] in real time. I should not answer them two or three days later. “