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Rewind! UFC on FOX 15: 'Machida vs Rockhold' to utilize instant replay if necessary

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

In mixed martial arts (MMA), sometimes referees make questionable calls that lead to an errant decision, point deduction, or early stoppage. And up to this point, nothing could be done in wake of the referee's decision.

Until today.

According to a report from MMA Fighting, Nick Lembo, counsel for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, noted instant replay will be used tonight (Sat., April 18, 2015) if necessary at UFC on FOX 15 live from the Prudential Center.

This will be the first time the state of New Jersey uses instant replay for a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, as they have utilized the rewind function at a Cage Fury Fighting Championships show last year.

For fight fans worried instant replay will lead to multiple stoppages, fighter complaints, and have any number of negative impact elsewhere, Commissioner Larry Hazzard told Yahoo Sports last year that the function is only there as a safe guard.

"We are not going to be nit-picking referee calls. We are not going to have debates on issues. It has to be something we're sure of. And, it's not something we're looking forward to using. We hope we never have to. But, it is a safe guard for the fighters' sake."

So we just might have to watch that kick to the groin... again.

UFC on FOX 15 is headlined by a likely No. 1 contender eliminator bout pitting former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida against former Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold.

For much more on tonight's UFC on FOX 15 event click here.

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