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.