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.
Well, did anybody else watch this? Bobby Lashley vs Wes Sims. Sims apparently took this on a week's notice. The short, stocky dude Lashley was supposed to fight didn't work out I guess. Lashley looked decent, and got the win.