iJudge Fights is an app that lets the fans judge fights for themselves (round by round) as they are happening, and then compare your score to other users and experts. It covers all of the major MMA organizations: UFC, Bellator, Invicta, and more.
I tried this app for the first time more than a year ago, but it kept freezing up and not submitting my votes so I deleted it. I decided last weekend's UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson II was a good time to try it again!
Starting with the first fight on the fight card, all the way to the last.
Fights can be stopped a number of ways: a fighter is knocked out, goes unconscious due to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu hold, taps out due to a BJJ hold, doctor stoppage, the ref steps in, etc. If the fight goes the distance, the winner is determined by the judges' scores.
Following the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, bouts are typically three 5-minute rounds, with championship fights at five 5-minute rounds. It is a 10 point must scoring system, with the winner of a round scoring 10 points, and the loser scoring 9 or less. Rounds are scored based on: effective striking, grappling, agression, and cage control. At the end of the fight, the judges submit their total scores for each fighter.
This was the fight card lineup for UFC Fight Night last week, with the main event listed at the top and going down from there.
After you submit your opinion for each round, you can see how your judging stacked up against the iJudge Fights consensus, the experts, and your friends.
If a fight doesn't go the distance (complete all 3 or 5 rounds), and gets stopped due to tapout or referee stoppage, you "report a stoppage" and then judge the timing of the stoppage and rate the finish from 1-10. Judging the timing of the stoppage means, did the referee step in too early because the fighter could have recovered? Did he step in too late because the fighter was clearly injured or knocked unconscious? Did the ref step in at the right time? And finish points really is a matter of opinion. Was it a flashy KO? Will we be talking about that submission a year from now? I tend to be much stricter on my finish points than my husband.
All in all, this app gets two huge thumbs up from me! We loved having this app out to play along throughout the fight card, get involved, and see how good we are at seeing what is happening in the fight.