Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to the “Sunshine State” this Saturday night (Feb. 24, 2018) for the first time since April 2016. That night, Glover Teixeira knocked out Rashad Evans in the first round of UFC on FOX 19’s main event. Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens fights Josh Emmett this weekend in UFC on FOX 28’s main event.
Since the last time the world’s most prominent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion last touched down in the southernmost contiguous state in the United States, the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) has made several changes to the unified rules of MMA.
In short, according to a report from MMA Fighting, the changes include:
- The definition of a grounded fighter
- Fingers outstretched toward an opponent is now a foul
- More liberal use of 10-8 scored rounds
- Women are no longer allowed to wear loose-fitting tops while competing
While many states and athletic commissions have yet to adopt the new set of rules more than one year after the latest update, Florida will not contribute to the confusion. According to Patrick Cunningham, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation Boxing Commission Executive Director, the updated rule set is used for all MMA promotions in Florida and thus will be in effect on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 28 in Orlando.
The last time Emmett competed the unified rules were in effect, while the last time Stephens was in the Octagon they were not. Do you think the officiating criterion will have an impact on Saturday’s UFC event?