Check out the new 'downed opponent' rule as written by Keith Kizer himself

Check out the new 'downed opponent' rule as written by Keith Kizer himself

Gone are the days of touching the mat when you're pinned against the cage to prevent getting your skull smashed in from a knee. Herb Dean knew you were playing the game, and now Keith Kizer agrees that your days of stalling are over. I'm writing this as if I'm addressing some unnamed MMA fighter, but in reality I'm talking to you, reader. I'm tired of your hand placed craftily on the MMA canvas of life. Be bold, and stop going through your life like some timid...some animal that's timid. I don't know what is, but just don't be like it.

So the rumor we told you about this time last week is finally ready to be implemented, and Las Vegas Athletic Commission head wants to let you know about it in this official document written by the man himself.

2013 ABC Convention
"Touching Down" in MMA
Suggested Referee Rules Meeting Language

Kicking or Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent is considered a foul. A grounded opponent is any fighter who has more than just the soles of their feet on the ground. For example, a fighter with one shin or one finger down is to be considered a grounded fighter.

One established deviation from this rule is that the referee may determine a fighter would be a grounded fighter but is not solely because the ring ropes or cage fence has held fighter from the ground, the referee can instruct the combatants that he is treating the fighter held up solely by the cage or ropes as a grounded fighter.

Recently, some concern has arose over fighters who are taking punishment (usually thru knees) while both fighters are standing. The fighter then begins to bring his or her finger(s) down and up again, and then down again as a strike is being delivered. In certain situations, it appears as if the "touching down" fighter is attempting to draw a foul and benefit from the foul.

The ABC recommends that assigned referees discuss the following additional deviation at future rule meetings:

Referees should instruct the fighters that they may still be considered a standing fighter even if they have a finger or portion of the hand (or entire hand) on the canvas. In the discretion of the referee, a fighter who has a finger or hand on the canvas may still be legally struck in the head with knees and kicks. The referee may decide that the downed fighter is placing his or her finger or hand down without doing so for an offensive or countering maneuver in an attempt to advance or improve their position. The referee may decide that the downed fighter is instead simply trying to draw a foul. If the referee decides that the fighter is "touching down" simply to benefit from a foul, the referee may consider that fighter a standing fighter and decide that no foul has occurred.

Additionally, a referee may penalize, via warning or point deduction, the offending fighter for timidity.
--Written by Kizer, Lembo and Profato

Now only if they implemented yellow cards when wrestlers stalled then we could truly have something that's reminiscent of Pride FC.

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+16 # Raz 2013-08-05 16:59
Very cool. Thumbs up Mr. Kizer.
+21 # Sporadik Styles 2013-08-05 16:59
I love that this is finally being addressed, but there is too much grey area still. We've seen what happens when it is left up to the ref (One FC). Just make it JMMA style rules with elbows, give us yellow cards and call it a day.
+2 # DJJohnDouglas 2013-08-05 17:04
If this were the case back when Sherk fought Dunham, he would have stopped the fight via knees to the head. I like this.
+6 # rudius 2013-08-05 17:04
Igor: Uh oh. What are we going to do now Mr. Jones?!

Jon Jones: Elementary, Igor. We disregard our competition in every sense of the word.
+11 # synthsis 2013-08-05 17:37
I gave you a thumbs up simply based on your avatar pic. Hell, I didn't even read what you wrote. kudos.
+9 # spinningshit 2013-08-05 17:31
It's scary giving the refs the power to decide if it's a foul or not. The better refs like Herb Dean can handle it, but you know "The Maz" won't get it right.
0 # NotTheNoob 2013-08-05 18:31
Quoting spinningshit:
It's scary giving the refs the power to decide if it's a foul or not. The better refs like Herb Dean can handle it, but you know "The Maz" won't get it right.

If not the referee, then who should have the power to call fouls in the cage?
+2 # Nuked 2013-08-05 19:09
He means the fact that the ref in one fight decides the guy is not grounded when he puts his fingers on the mat. While in the very next fight the same ref decides he is grounded and the knee strike is illegal.
+4 # spinningshit 2013-08-05 20:49
Exactly, it should be black and white, night and day. The rules shouldn't be subjective.
-5 # han solo 2013-08-05 19:01
can someone summer this up like i was a 5 year old?
+5 # Fatty_Sam86 2013-08-05 19:49
As if you were a 5 year old?

Don't worry about it, Han. Go get some Oreos for us out of the pantry. We are talking about grown-up stuff.
-1 # han solo 2013-08-05 19:02
lol, sumup
+2 # SemperFidelis 2013-08-05 19:03
just make it so having any part of the arm doesnt count as being grounded. have a knee or an ass whatever, but having a hand on the map shouldn't stop you from kneeing to the face, why is that such an issue? the only reason why a hand would be on the ground anyways and not even a knee is cause they are trying to draw a foul
+2 # jt33 2013-08-05 19:40
good job on the rule for being timid..thats long overdue. i dont like leaving it up to the ref's discretion for knee's though and how does it even work...does the ref yell yes or no when the guys hand goes down, do you just knee and get a ruling after...just let the ref take a point if he thinks theyre playing the game...

i think the best way to do it is to make it forearms/elbow down instead of finger/hand.
+3 # pterodactylb 2013-08-05 20:12
this is good. when do we get folding metal chairs like WWF?
+4 # MMAsshole 2013-08-05 20:31
Two weeks. Right after Kizer allows submissions be released if the fighter in defense position grabs the fense or ring.
+10 # The Mikeman 2013-08-05 21:06
Does this mean that J Jones can be kicked
in the fookin 'ead for smiegelin' to the
center of octogon?! Ohhh how I'd love that.
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I love the site but it is not mobile friendly. That damn logout bar follows me everywhere!
+2 # DENV3RtheDESTROY3R 2013-08-05 21:39
This is a good idea but horrible execution. I agree they should change the 3 point rule but fighters need to know when they can legally throw kicks and knees to the head. Leaving it up to the referees discretion is just plain stupid. Is a fighter supposed to ask permission first? Mother may I kick this man in the face? Please??? As the rule stands it seems risking a DQ to land a blow to the head that may or may not be legal is just not worth it.
0 # PeteDaMeat 2013-08-06 04:32
Anything that gives Winslow, Maz, or Big Dan more power I question.

But theyre workin on it. And that's better than nothing.
+4 # FreeLeeMurray 2013-08-06 10:04
He's leaving it up to the referees. Discretion of the referees. This means geniuses like Kim Winslow and Mario Yamasaki are being given even more power and control over a fight. It's a stupid ass way to address the rule, so stupid in fact that only Keith Kizer could have come up with it.
0 # LHKEmperor 2013-08-06 13:41
Herb Dean demonstrated this judgement perfectly in the Buentello/Kongo fight, Buentello intentionally touching the ground while receiving knees and Herb allowing it because he was, in Herb's words, "playing the game."
0 # Big Daddy 2013-08-08 06:02
This is not new. Kentucky has been doing this for 6 years. Glad to see the rest of the country catching up with Kentucky for once. Mark Twain said "When I die I want to be in Kentucky, they are 10 years behind everyone else" RIP Mr Twain

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