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Old 08-19-2009, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NSAC Adds Instant Replay.

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There’s a saying in our little world: as the Nevada State Athletic Commission goes, so goes MMA. Nah, I just made that up right now, but it might as well be a saying. The NSAC plays a pivotal role in dictating general policy in the fight world, and for the most part they’ve set the gold standard that California has repeatedly failed to live up to. Now they’re really getting with the times and adding instant replay for MMA (they're not the first, however), but only for specific circumstances. Keith Kizer explains when replay can be used:


“It will be on the immediate ending of a fight due to injury and the referee feels that it would be beneficial to him or her to review the tape to see what the cause of the injury was. What caused that injury - was it a foul, was it a legal blow?”


In other words, Kevin Burns’ TKO victory via eye-poke against Anthony Johnson could be reviewed, but we’re not going to be running the tape back to every inside leg kick to see if was really a groin shot – unless it’s a groin shot that ends the fight, in which case it will probably be pretty obvious.

So that’s good news, right? No more “lack of remedy” problems for fights that end with fouls, and the next time somebody callously forces their eye into one of Cro Cop’s fingers there will actually be some consequences beyond just blurred vision. But the NSAC didn’t stop there, they also clarified their rules on greasing so they apply specifically for MMA and not just boxing:


“Boxing rules state that you can’t have excessive greasing. But we clarified that today and made it specific to MMA, that you cannot have any type of foreign substance on your body, hair, gloves or clothing that could result in an unfair advantage. But again it is up to the referee as the sole arbiter to judge whether or not any such foul took place and if it did, how it should be handled.”


We all know what the genesis of this rule clarification is, but does it actually solve anything?

In the case of GSP the NSAC wiped him down with a towel when they became aware that there was Vaseline on his back. Typically these greasing accusations imply that the guilty party found a way to get slippery other than wantonly applying some greasing agent between rounds, so in order for the referee to do anything he’d have to be able to see that the fighter has grease coming out of his pores, which seems tough to do. Call me crazy, but I don’t think this minor concession is going to be enough to get B.J. Penn to call off his fatwa against the state of the Nevada.
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About time!
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting, although I'm not exactly sure what to think of it.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think this is a big step forward for MMA and will vastly decrease debacles like BJ's "fatwa". I love that the writer used that word.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the instant replay is a fantastic, and long overdue, rule change.

The greasing rule is pretty much just semantics. We all know that the rule as it has been changed too, is what was assumed in every fight.

Maybe we can get a crystal clear "back of the head" rule now.
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Great news! I don't get why some people are against it.
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Great news. I wanted instant replay but only if it was implemented this exact way. Kudos, NSAC.
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Instant replay is a good idea. It seems that it will only be used in instances where a fight ends in a controversial decision, which is a very good idea.

Hey, if it has instant replay is must be a legitimate sport now, right? That means the results matter and it's not just a spectacle!
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Wait, I don't get it. So when ever there's a controversial stoppage, the ref can watch the replay and rethink his decision?
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Instant replay is a good idea. It seems that it will only be used in instances where a fight ends in a controversial decision, which is a very good idea.

Hey, if it has instant replay is must be a legitimate sport now, right? That means the results matter and it's not just a spectacle!
Good point. This shows, like you said, that the outcome of the match, what is actually written down on paper, gets top billing.

It is only one step in the right direction though.
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Instant replay is horrible for combat sports.

for example,

Fighter A has been out pointed in the first and second rounds, the fight has been competitive and fighter A has shown he's a powerful striker but fighter B has just edged him in every round until now...in 3:56 of the third round fighter A has fighter B in a position to end the fight, and fighter B is hurt, the bells are ringing! ref jumps in and the fights over. However a ref ringside (or Dana White) has deemed it a "early stoppage" so we go to review.

After five or so minutes of review two or so minutes to communicate the situation and three or so minutes to stop/restart the fight (giving fighter B time to fully recover) the stoppage is deemed too early taking away the advantage fighter A had when fighter B was rocked, sure you can put them back on the mat in the same position but short of a seal club you cant recreate the advantage.

Fighter B gets on his bicycle and gets out of the round he also wins the fight in a unanimous decision.

This has the potential to ruin the sport.
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