Andersson Silva IMO threw a reckless knee strike in his fight vs Sonnen. While his kneecap hit Sonnens torso, his thigh smashed into Sonnens face. Was this expected or can we really believe he did that technique without seeing it would likely make contact with sonnens face?
I was wondering, is kneeing opponent with thigh in face legal ? Is this technique possible to do without hitting opponents face?
If it is legit, will we see others use this technique?
What happens if someone hits the face using this technique can one just say it was unintentional?
When Jon Bones Jones threw downward elbows to the eye sockets on Matt Hamill it led to rule changes that downward elbows to the face was no longer legit. I see this Silva situation as similar.
My opinion is that Andersson Silva knew it was a gray zone opportunity when he threw that knee.