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*VIDEO* – John McCarthy Explains 2017 Unified Rule Changes

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MMA Unifed Rules

The most widely used ruleset when it comes to MMA is set to be updated in 2017 in a move which will remove and redefine how fouls are called, as well as how fights are to be judged.

In a video for the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), veteran referee John McCarthy – who helped outline the original unified rulebook – has helped to explain some of the new rules and regulations which will be coming into full effect in the new year.

The biggest change that the unified rules are facing is a clarification on how judges are expected to score fights. Where the previous emphasis was focused on effective striking, effective grappling, aggression and ring/cage control, the new ruleset will see fights initially boiled down to just striking and grappling.

“Those [striking and grappling] are the two elements that make a fight,” says McCarthy. “If we don’t have two fighters that are either striking or grappling, you got one looking aggressive or one trying to get position in the cage: that’s dancing, it’s not fighting. There are only two elements that are the fight: the striking of the fight, the grappling in the fight. Thats what we’re looking at.”

“If 90% of the [round] is striking, we want you to go with a heavy emphasis on the striking. If 90% of the round was on the ground with grappling, the heavier emphasis goes with the grappling. Who is doing the most to impact the fight and bring the fight to the end?”

“We’re looking at the word of ‘impact’ as our most important element of giving credit in the fight.”

McCarthy then goes on to explain that judges are expected to favour heavier blows in a round which consequently have a bigger impact on their opponent.

“If you are starting to give more credit to numbers over quality, we’re making a mistake. If we have one fighter who’s landed six jabs and we’ve got another fighter that’s landed one beautiful right cross that’s hurt his opponent, that person with that one right cross is winning our fight. When it comes to the ground, same thing. Who’s going after submission’s, who’s putting his opponent in dangerous positions where they have to defend to get themselves out.”

‘Big’ John McCarthy also provides a clarification that if a judge cannot separate a round based on the two fighter’s striking and grappling, the judge in question should then move onto who they feel has been the most “aggressive” – the fighter who has been most offensive, the more out of the two trying to force the fight. If a judge cannot split aggression, they shall then move onto “ring or cage control” and if they cannot find a winner of the round based on those extra criteria, they should then award a 10-10 round.

10-8 rounds should now also be judged on “the three ‘D’s’: damage, domination and duration”, with a “large margin/variance between the two fighters” needed for two of those three criteria. 10-7 rounds are to be judged by the same standard but only awarded where there is an “overwhelming” margin between the two fighters.

Another big change is happening with regards to how fighters extend their fingers towards their opponent. If a fighter is outwardly extending their fingers in the direction of their opponent’s eyes, the referee should now warn/stop and warn a fighter and should go as far as deducting points or even disqualifying repeat offenders. Extending fingers towards anywhere other than the eyes is acceptable however but if a fighter aims their fingers towards an opponent’s eyes, they should be penalised.

The updated rules will also see ‘grounded fighters’ redefined. The old rules followed along the same lines of boxing in that anything touching the floor other than the soles of the feet should see a fighter deemed ‘grounded’. Now, however, two hands are needed to be touching the floor in order to be considered ‘grounded’ in addition to the old guidelines in that if a fighter has anything touching the ground other than hands and feet, they are ‘grounded’ and cannot be kneed or kicked.

McCarthy also confirmed that heel kicks to the kidneys are no longer illegal nor is grabbing the clavicle.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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