By: Chris Taylor
This past Friday the Singapore MMA promotion known as ONE FC held it’s fifth event in Manila, Philippines. Overall the “ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation” card was a huge success, producing exciting fights and finishes.
The one thing that was left to be desired after watching the event was a change in rules regarding kicks to the head of a downed opponent. The rules for the August 31st event stated that referees somehow had to give fighters “permission” in the moment to throw kicks to the heads of their fallen opponents.
On Friday, Phil Baroni won his fight using a barrage of punches and kicks to the head of his fallen opponent Rodrigo Ribeiro. However, when Andrei Arlovski went to utilize the same technique as the “New York Bad Ass”, after dropping his opponent Tim Sylvia to the canvas and following up with kicks to the head, he was penalized.
Arlovski was given a yellow card for the “illegal kicks” while Sylvia was given five minutes to recover. The five minutes proved to be to little time for Tim to shake the cobwebs, and the bout was ruled a no contest.
On Sunday night, a message was sent out from the OneFCMMA twitter account which stated the following:
Effective immediately, ONE FC has adopted full PRIDE rules for soccer kicks. Catch ONE FC: Rise of Kings on Oct 6!
This now means that One FC fighters will be allowed to kick and knee the heads of their opponents on the feet and on the ground without fear of being penalized. Which means if Sylvia and Arlovski do meet in battle for a fifth time, the “Pitbull” can kick the “Maine-iac” in the head as much as he wants, well at least until the referee steps in.
The legal soccer kicks were made famous in Pride by a pair of Chute Box fighters, Wanderlei Silva and Shogun Rua.Tags: Andrei Arlovski, featured, MMA NEWS, one fc, Phil Baroni, Pride, Rodrigo Ribeiro, Shogun Rua, Tim Sylvia, Wanderlei Silva