It rewards the fighter with the lesser gastank, as I already said. So you think giving the fighters a little rest period to recover is more important than keeping the fight a fair and legitimate competition? As a guy whose biggest strength is his cardio, I am offended sir. You are trying to take my best weapon away.
I don't think standups make the fight unfair- each fighter knows that a standup is a possibility coming into the fight, and that they need to keep their groundgame active to avoid that. If that discriminates against a fighter with a slow, boring groundgame, I don't see how that's any worse than a special rule forcing rest periods which definitely is more helpful to the fighter with poorer cardio.
Somewhat facetious? By that do you mean you are completely joking? If not I'm not even sure how to respond to that.
Standup's are part of the spart and are required. Hell at this point in my crazy hardcore fanhood, I can watch lay and pray and not get bored. However, if your talking about the sport overall, Hex is comletely right. If you say 1 aspect shouldn't be there because it aids a certain fighter, then no aspect should.
Kicks to the head of a grounded opponent, knees to the head of a downed opponent, no hits the to back of the head or spine and others all favour certain styles and without them they take away from the "sport".
Rounds and time limits do take away from "the sport", because in essecence they are like a standup and have saved many fighters in the past. A good example is when Tito had Rashad in that guilotine and the round ended, 10 more seconds and the fight would have ended.
If your there should be no more standups just because it takes away from the sport, then yes the "sport" might aswell go back to being a glorified streetfight with no eye gouging, ball kicking, fishhooking and biting (those are the only moves with absolutely no skill required).
Actually if we really want to go into the purity of the sport, the cage is also an unfair tool that gives an advantage to certain types of fighters. So they should fight in a giant feild (like a football feild except wider), so theres no structural advantages and everythings completely fair.
I'm sorry but your idea sucks and no one wants to see Royce vs. Shamrock 3.
What? One aspect? I'm not even sure you know what I mean by standups, but you seem to, so I'll just overlook that.
Purity as a sport does not mean I want it to be anyhting like a streetfight, that a retarded conclusion to draw from what I said.
As a sport MMA is an athletic competition between two individuals. Standups interfere with the fight and give an unfair advantage to the fighter who is more proficeent in striking.
Rules that govern a fighters safety have no bearing, standups aren't there to keep fighters safe. Again, retarded.
The cage is not perfect, I agree. When a practitcal solution to the problems a cage presents shows up, I'll be all for it.
Nobody wants to see Royce-Shamrock three? Fantastic. But this is, I shall state this once again for the slower members on here, not a thread about what it is the fans want, it's about whats is right for this sport, as a sport.