The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will soon vote on the inclusion of instant replay within the sport of mixed artial arts to better assist referees in the UFC and other organizations in determining the outcome of televised fights.
Set for August 19, the NSAC will specifically examine 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 Mirko Filipovic vs. Mustapha Al-Turk back at UFC 99 on June 13.
From the NSAC:
Sec. 7. NAC 467.682 is hereby amended to read as follows:
A referee may view a replay, if available, at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused by a legal blow or a foul.
(a) If the determination is made that the injury was the result of a legal blow, the injured unarmed combatant shall be determined to have lost the contest via technical knockout.
(b) If the determination is made that the injury was the result of a foul, it must be determined whether the foul was intentional or accidental.
(1) If deemed intentional, the outcome of the contest shall be determined in accord with NAC 467.698; or
(2) If deemed accidental, the outcome of the contest shall be determined in accord with NAC 467.702 or 467.7966.
If accepted, 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.
Is the sport of MMA in need of instant replay to compensate for blown calls? Or does the technology in and of itself open a can of worms?