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The biggest gray area in MMA is finally addressed: knees to a ground opponent

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It’s one of the biggest topics for polemic in the sport of MMA: do you allow knees to the head of a grounded opponent and what should be rightfully deemed as a ‘grounded opponent’?

We had a very interesting situation recently when the main card opener of UFC 297, between Arnold Allen vs. Movsar EVLOEV produced a sequence that confused many fans. Marc Goddard had stopped the bout when Evloev was kneeing the Englishman in the 3rd-round, but the latter was still on the floor.

Allen was given a warning by the referee and Movsar got to rest for about a minute before continuing with the fight. Arnold Allen’s momentum was lost when he threw those knees at Evloev. Fans questioned this decision, recalling previous incidents where similar situations had been regarded as legal.

Here, we’ll explain reasons for that confusion and discuss a proposed rule  change that will be brought to the table in next week’s meeting of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports Mixed Martial Arts…



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