Those razor sharp elbows of Kenny Florian's should be classified as deadly weapons.
He throws them with such evil intentions and they often find their mark, leaving gaping wounds that bring forth the blood of the poor soul on the receiving end.
They're also extremely useful under the unified rules of mixed martial arts, seeing as they have the ability to stop a fight at a moment's notice. And if they don't, they're sure to sap the energy of of his opponents that survive a doctor stoppage.
That's the word from his coach, Andre Pederneiras, who thought his pupil was well on his way to victory before suffering multiple cuts after a few vicious elbows from "Ken Flo."
Normally, this wouldn't be an issue. But Pederneiras, the head coach at Nova Uniao, tells Tatame he thinks the elbows that caused the most damage should be reanalyzed to determine whether or not they were actually legal.
"Those elbows, the way I see it, for where they hit him, should be reanalyzed... I'm not taking Kenny Florian's credits for the win, not at all, but I took some pictures of Diego's head, and I want to send it to UFC, asking them if those spots are legal. I don't want them to change the result of the fight, because Florian was better and earned it, but I want to know if it's legal so that I can tell my students to do it. Sometimes the rules change and we lose a fight for a silly detail."
The rules state that one cannot strike an opponent to the back of the head, nor is one allowed to strike downward using the point of one's elbow.
If Florian didn't commit either offense, he's free and clear.
But did Florian do anything of the sort? Does Pederneiras have a legitimate beef here? Or is this just sour grapes?
Sound off, Maniacs.