I posted it earlier on my site, figured I'd see if anyone read it. I can see the hits, some have, some haven't, so here you go guys!
I was talking to a friend this morning who wanted to get the Pride FC experience. He's a huge UFC fan, but never watched Pride. He complained that even though it was a great show, he doesn't think he got the full pride experience since soccer kicks and knees to a downed opponent were not allowed.It got me thinking if those aspects of the fight game here in the U.S. needs to change? I think it's strange that in Japan, you can kick and knee a downed opponent, but can't throw elbows to a downed opponent. I feel that if someone has worked hard to get into a dominant position, say top in north/south, then he should have every available opportunity to finish the fight.
The problem in North America is that the people against mma being legal as a sport already see it as barbaric and have gone so far as to refer to mma as "human cockfighting." How would it go over with that group if we had more brutal knock outs with knees and soccer kicks. It would definitely benefit some fighters, Jon Fitch for example has the reputation for laying on opponents. Since he is almost always in top position, knees to a grounded opponent could really do wonders for him on the "excitement scale."
I for one am all for exciting fights and am a firm believer that if you're in a bad position, you need to get out. Nothing irks me more than when a fighter realizes that knees are coming and purposely takes a knee. Yes it's fair and within the rules, and thats why the rules need to be changed! No fighter should be saved because he takes a knee! Thoughts? Rules good or need to be changed?