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UFC of Versus highlighted some very big flaws in the rules of UFC's MMA.

 

Eye Attacks (And the procedures to deal with them)

Kicks to Grounded. (And grey area's, Upkicks on rising)

Penalties and Point system (When to award, Warnings vs Deductions. How long it takes)

Injuries (when to stop, when its part of the fight)

 

Eye Attack

Eye attacks are a major problem. Irvin's stoppage and the way it was dealt with showed a greater need for clarity with the process. One, should a fighter calling for a gouge be reason enough for ref to call a time out? Cro Cop VS Al Turk, Turk was poked in the eye when the ref didn't see and the fight continued until he was TKO. Two, in Irvin's fight we could see him calling for the ref to intervene, which he did. I don't know if the ref saw it was a knuckle but he obviously saw it as a clean hit because he didn't stop the fight until much later.

 

The way they dealt with it was chaotic. Doctors checking his eye and calling it a TKO after. If they continued the fight Sakara would of been at a HUGE disadvantage, considering he probably could of finished the fight in that instance.

 

Some solutions include

1. All Eye injuries are timeouts, with warnings and penalties for gouges, However any illegitimate injuries are instant point deductions. Video referee used for reference. Josh Koscheck anyone......

2. As the supplier of the gloves used in fights and as the leader in the MMA brand, UFC should really spent some money into developing better gloves

 

Kicks to grounded Opponents

Grey area considering Pride had pretty much no rules in this area. Immediate time out for any of these illegal moves. These kicks can have major affect on match outcome.

 

1. Top position fighters get immediate deduction or a single warning for entire fight. Top position fighters should be very aware of the positioning of the bottom fighter. This shouldn't really be an issue,

2. Upkicks. Some pushes to the chest side up towards the head. So most of these are definitely unintentional. However it is still the fighters fault for executing a move and it resulting in illegal blow. So 1 Warning then Deductions

 

Penalties and Point system

MMA uses the same 10 point round system used in boxing. However profession boxing bouts are 12 rounds for championship and 10 rounds for non-belt.

 

Losing one point in MMA bouts are a very big disadvantage. Typically a 3 round fight that goes to decision is 29-28. So if the winner fouled, that's a tie. Quite a harsh punishment considering i personally have never seen a fighter get lower then 9 for a round unless they were fouled. The current system leaves no room for penalties which may decrease the frequency, but lately with the cage grabbing, grabbing pants, non action L&P fighters, means point deductions haven't been given out lately

 

Injuries

When do you stop a bout because of injury. Paul Buentello dislocated his pinky or something. That caused a time out. Matt Hamil dislocated his shoulder, he had to continue. When can you call for assistance and for what? Vera broke his orbital or something, and lost to TKO stoppage. Could he have called for doctor time stop too? After being hit like, if he did receive a time stop. The momentum would of been completely halted.

 

These are all issues we've seen in the hundreds of MMA bouts in different shows. The one on versus just highlighted the flaws free of charge to the rest of the world.

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instant replay could clear a few of these problems up.

 

new prototypes for MMA gloves are always being brought up as an idea.

No other glove works for MMA, unless you close off the fingers such as the Pride gloves did but even then things happen.

 

as for illegal kicks/knees...there already is a one-time warning and depending on the circumstance of intention if it was there or not, a point is deducted.

 

point deduction: you compare it to boxing when, no offence, most boxing matches have 1 clear cut winner from the minute the bout is announced. so even if a Foul happens, that guy is losing or winning ether way, catch my point?

 

and clearly with injuries, a fight is stopped if those injuries are too serious to continue. sometimes a ref just has to make a decision on the spot infront of thousands of screeming fans based on that injury. sometimes a ref just misses these things too.

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Eye Attacks Happen and are apart of the game...I don't find a problem with point deductions....or Injuries....but they really need to legalize kicks to a downed opponent...Kongo with those knees....Vera with the upkicks...I loved them...Bring back soccer kicks. Bring back kicks to a downed opponent.

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UFC of Versus highlighted some very big flaws in the rules of UFC's MMA.

 

Eye Attacks (And the procedures to deal with them)

Kicks to Grounded. (And grey area's' date=' Upkicks on rising)

Penalties and Point system (When to award, Warnings vs Deductions. How long it takes)

Injuries (when to stop, when its part of the fight)

 

[b']Eye Attack[/b]

Eye attacks are a major problem. Irvin's stoppage and the way it was dealt with showed a greater need for clarity with the process. One, should a fighter calling for a gouge be reason enough for ref to call a time out? Cro Cop VS Al Turk, Turk was poked in the eye when the ref didn't see and the fight continued until he was TKO. Two, in Irvin's fight we could see him calling for the ref to intervene, which he did. I don't know if the ref saw it was a knuckle but he obviously saw it as a clean hit because he didn't stop the fight until much later.

 

The way they dealt with it was chaotic. Doctors checking his eye and calling it a TKO after. If they continued the fight Sakara would of been at a HUGE disadvantage, considering he probably could of finished the fight in that instance.

 

Some solutions include

1. All Eye injuries are timeouts, with warnings and penalties for gouges, However any illegitimate injuries are instant point deductions. Video referee used for reference. Josh Koscheck anyone......

2. As the supplier of the gloves used in fights and as the leader in the MMA brand, UFC should really spent some money into developing better gloves

 

Kicks to grounded Opponents

Grey area considering Pride had pretty much no rules in this area. Immediate time out for any of these illegal moves. These kicks can have major affect on match outcome.

 

1. Top position fighters get immediate deduction or a single warning for entire fight. Top position fighters should be very aware of the positioning of the bottom fighter. This shouldn't really be an issue,

2. Upkicks. Some pushes to the chest side up towards the head. So most of these are definitely unintentional. However it is still the fighters fault for executing a move and it resulting in illegal blow. So 1 Warning then Deductions

 

Penalties and Point system

MMA uses the same 10 point round system used in boxing. However profession boxing bouts are 12 rounds for championship and 10 rounds for non-belt.

 

Losing one point in MMA bouts are a very big disadvantage. Typically a 3 round fight that goes to decision is 29-28. So if the winner fouled, that's a tie. Quite a harsh punishment considering i personally have never seen a fighter get lower then 9 for a round unless they were fouled. The current system leaves no room for penalties which may decrease the frequency, but lately with the cage grabbing, grabbing pants, non action L&P fighters, means point deductions haven't been given out lately

 

Injuries

When do you stop a bout because of injury. Paul Buentello dislocated his pinky or something. That caused a time out. Matt Hamil dislocated his shoulder, he had to continue. When can you call for assistance and for what? Vera broke his orbital or something, and lost to TKO stoppage. Could he have called for doctor time stop too? After being hit like, if he did receive a time stop. The momentum would of been completely halted.

 

These are all issues we've seen in the hundreds of MMA bouts in different shows. The one on versus just highlighted the flaws free of charge to the rest of the world.

 

 

1. Why would Sakara be at a disadvantage if Irvin had an injured eye.

2. You've never seen a 10-8 round?

3. They stopped the Buentello fight because they knew his thumb was dislocated because he told them. They had no idea that Hamill dislocated his shoulder until after the fight was stopped.

4. No, Vera could not call for a doctors time out for two reasons. The broken orbital socket didn't end the fight it was the follow up punches that did that. Also, it was completely legal and the elbow didn't hit his eyball. It hit more of like his cheekbone or something. It was completely legal and not an eyepoke.

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