Alexander Volkanovski claims ‘open scoring would stop people crying about decisions’, with UFC featherweight champion admitting he is ‘sick of the excuses’ after controversial wins
- Alexander Volkanovski won a controversial split decision over Max Holloway
- Second fight divided opinion and Australian wants open scoring introduced
- ‘Then you ain’t gonna have people crying about decisions’, champion said
Alexander Volkanovski wants the UFC to implement open scoring so fighters and fans know exactly how a fight stands heading into the later rounds.
The Australian won a controversial split decision over Max Holloway in their second encounter and takes on ‘Blessed’ for a third time at UFC 276 this weekend.
He believes it would prevent criticism after the fact if everyone is clear on how a fight is being scored during the contest itself.
Alexander Volkanovski won a controversial decision over Max Holloway in their first fight
The UFC have resisted calls to change their scoring, with many arguing that whoever is winning would simply coast when ahead and refuse to engage in the action.
But Volkanovski is in favour, telling FREESTYLEBENDER: ‘I don’t mind the open scoring thing.
‘I don’t think it’s that bad because… you want to know if you’re up or if you’re not or something like that.
The Australian believes it would stop fans complaining if they knew the scores every round
‘You should have a good enough corner to know that if you ain’t definitely taking the round, don’t sit there thinking, ‘Ah, we’re two up,’ you gotta have the right corner.
‘I’m lucky enough to have a corner that even if we’re pretty comfortable we’re up, if there’s rounds that are still competitive, we’re still like, ‘We want these last rounds.’
The featherweight champion went on: ‘To have that open scoring, to let everyone know, then you ain’t gonna have people crying about decisions and all that.
‘It’s like, ‘Hey, you knew you were behind and you couldn’t do nothing about it.’ Because I’m sick of people using it as excuses.
Holloway and Volkanovski will lock horns for a third time at UFC 276 this Saturday night
‘At the end of the day, open scoring will help with that but it shouldn’t have to because you should have a good enough team and corner behind you that ain’t gonna put you in that position anyway.’
Volkanovski will hope to rubberstamp his dominance of the division by either finishing Holloway or leaving fans in no doubt about who is the victor on Saturday in Las Vegas.
A third victory over the Hawaiian could see him move up to lightweight in an attempt to become a two-weight champion.
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