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.
A case of your mileage may vary I guess. Machida's style doesn't really excite me and I'm not sure whether Tito has the hunger these days to really hunt for the finish. I see this one going the distance with a split decision from the judges.