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There's a new MMA rule proposal that would eliminate the cheap three-point stance

There's a new MMA rule proposal that would eliminate the cheap three-point stance

The Association of Boxing Commission will be holding its annual meeting this Wednesday, and one of the things that they are going to discuss will be adding kicks to the head of a downed opponent to the unified rules of MMA. Now, when I heard about this I was very excited. Probably too excited. Like when I found out that Venom was going to be the villain in the third Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie. Which is appropriate, because after I read how this rule will actually be implemented I felt exactly how I did after seeing the third Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie. 

You see, the unified rules of MMA aren't exactly going to be incorporating knees/kicks to the head of a downed opponent, but just taking some preventive measures to avoid fighters playing possum to exploit the current rule set. Does it bother anyone else that it's "playing possum" and not "playing opossum?" I get the whole alliteration and visual aspect of it, but it bothers me. Anyway, what the new role will do is consider any fighter that is intentionally placing their arm/hand/finger on the mat a standing fighter. This would mean that that their opponent could intentionally kick or knee them in the head. 

Sounds awesome, right? Well there's one potentially big problem with this, and that would be that it is at "the discretion of the referee" to determine whether or not a fighter is actually grounded, or is feigning being grounded in order to protect themselves and improve their position. Anyone who's been watching MMA long enough will know that "at the discretion of the referee" is a fairly loose, and sometimes frightening term. Should be okay though, right? I mean, it worked out so well for One FC.

Thanks to Zprophet for the .gif, duh.

Last modified onMonday, 29 July 2013 15:14
Christopher Jones

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+7 # Sporadik Styles 2013-07-29 15:27
I'm glad they're finally looking into the stalemate situation when a fighter intentionally puts their hand down.


Leaving it at the discretion of the ref is a bit messed up though, Mazzagatti will fuck up even more
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+8 # Jerm 2013-07-29 15:55
Mazagati is going to fuck this up
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+8 # jt33 2013-07-29 17:38
how dare you forget about kim winslow!
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+6 # Gattsu 2013-07-29 15:59
ONE FC's heart was in the right place trying to get the PRIDE feel back but it really was a clusterfruitcak e of confusion with having to ask the Ref's permission to stomp/kick away.
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+3 # The Dude Abides 1 2013-07-29 19:19
Well ONE FC doesn't allow stomps, but it has gotten much better since they threw out that rule and just allowed kicks to a downed opponent whenever.
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+4 # MMAsshole 2013-07-29 16:12
I hope big john refs every single Jon Jones fight
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+6 # NokkonWud 2013-07-29 16:46
So you only find out what the "referee's discretion" is after you've potentially been disqualified?

Gah.
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+2 # Jonesy 2013-07-29 19:57
Pretty much. Or you might be fine with it in one fight, then three or four months down the line in your next fight you're suddenly having a point taken.
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+7 # jt33 2013-07-29 17:39
now if they would just add yellow cards...
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0 # PeteDaMeat 2013-07-30 00:57
Damn i could watch that .gif of ol Slim Sylvia gettin knocked down all day.
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-2 # shaddix 2013-07-30 09:47
Well the UFC got big without soccer kicking a downed opponend. PRIDE disappeared. Now suddenly we need that hooligan shit again?
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0 # Well 2013-08-02 20:50
You could at least read the article. It's only three paragraphs.
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