I'm not sure why this is an argument. Here in the US, total medal counts have ALWAYS been how it's been listed on every TV and in every newspaper I can remember since I was old enough to care to look (1980? 1976?) - it's not a better or worse way of presenting the information, it's just how it always IS (has been) around here.
This was fun. MMA gets dull when it takes itself too seriously (though I know why it does so) and I enjoy the freak show fights (though I know why they're a bad idea). It's kind of surprising how not good at all Sapp really is.