NSAC approves MMA instant replay; anti-gre
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) yesterday approved the inclusion of instant replay within the sport of mixed martial arts to better assist referees in the UFC and other organizations in determining the outcome of televised fights.
Passed on August 19, the NSAC specifically examined the relevance of instant replay as it pertains to fight-ending injuries or fouls, particularly those that may or may not have been ruled a technical knockout, like in the case of Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14.
The implementation of instant replay is going to be limited in its application (by design). The purpose is to preserve the integrity of a contest’s outcome rather than find faults with judgment calls.
From the commission:
“A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.”
Also getting the nod from the NSAC is the “BJ Penn Rule,” enacted to prohibit any type of greasing agent or foreign substance applied to a fighter’s body that may give them an unfair advantage in competition.
Any such substance will now be categorized as a foul under the current guidelines.
The rule was unceremoniously named after Penn as a result of the hubbub that came out of UFC 94 last January. Penn was overwhelmed by Georges St. Pierre in their welterweight title fight but complained to the athletic commission following the bout that “Rush” had been slathered in Vaseline, effectively nullifying his guard.
While footage showed the GSP camp being a bit too generous with the grease, no action was taken because there was no precedent set for that type of infraction. The incident was also ruled to be unintentional and without malice but Penn’s consolation prize is written language that will penalize future fighters who grease with intent to cheat.