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Shots After The Bell: There are no rules in UFC?

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Carlos Diego Ferreira’s win over Jared Gordon at UFC: “Austin” is more evidence the rules don’t matter.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Austin Gordon vs Ferreira Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It happened again.

Not in as dramatic a fashion as we saw during the main card of UFC 221 when Li Jingliang gouged Jake Matthews in the eye to escape a guillotine choke. But, during the “Prelims” of UFC Fight Night 126 we once more got an example of UFC rules being nothing more than mere suggestions. Carlos Diego Ferreira got away with kicking his opponent Jared Gordon in the balls twice in the first minute and then went on to submit him shortly after.

No points were taken, because when are they ever?

It’s this sense of invincibility that has fighters grabbing the cage, kicking a bit higher up the thigh, and sticking their fingers out right at eye level. Commissions can change the regulations, adopt the new Unified Rules or not, but until referees grow some sack and start taking away points when fouls occur, it’s not going to do any good.

What kind of crazy world are we living in here where you can kick someone in the dick repeatedly or stick your fingers in their eyes and get away with it? What other sport gives a damn about intention, like it matters whether a fighter intentionally stabbed his opponent in the retina?

As the old saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Alan Belcher was sitting cageside in Austin, you’d think that might help some people remember that.

What can we do?