It has been over five years since MMAdecisions.com has examined the causes of draws in the UFC, so let's take an updated look.
To set the table, there are relatively few draws in MMA fights because with an uneven number of rounds, if all judges score all rounds 10-9 (without point deductions), then it is impossible for the result to be a draw. Consequently, there are three primary reasons why an MMA fight would end in a draw:
- There was at least one 10-8 round scored in the fight
- There was at least one 10-10 round scored in the fight
- There was a point deducted by the referee for a foul
The time frame from 2016-2017 saw the greatest frequency of draws, with 12 occurring in the UFC during that period. However, there have only been two since, and none so far in 2019.
Of the 29 fights on the list, 16 were caused by 10-8 rounds, 10 were caused by point deductions, and 4 were caused by 10-10 rounds. (Note that one fight was caused by both a 10-10 round and a 10-8 round, so it was double counted)
- Caol Uno, BJ Penn, and Lando Vannata have been involved in two UFC draws.
- Ken Shamrock fought to two time-limit draws in SEG-era UFC fights.
- There was only 1 UFC draw between June 6, 2003 and November 20, 2009.