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Glory be to God, we may get to see Sylvia / Arlovski V

Try as I may, I cannot recall a situation in MMA where two fighters have faced each other five times. The reason is simple: NO ONE wants to see guys fight five times, especially when they’re both way past their primes. But, thanks to the ludicrous ONE FC rules about kicking a downed opponent, we just may be force-fed another go around of Tim Sylvia vs Andrei Arlovski.

In ONE FC, a fighter may utilize soccer kicks and head stomps (PRIDE NEVA DIE!), but only after getting the go-ahead from the referee. So in the midst of all the madness, a fighter must stop, look to the ref, get the green light from him, then commence to kick his opponent in the grill. Needless to say this is beyond ridiculous.

That precious second or two can allow the downed opponent to recover or escape while the guy who dropped him is waiting for permission to fight, or it could be that any downed opponent who remains sedentary while this process is taking place is done anyway, and kicking him in the face at that point would just be vicious, like this video of Zorobabel Moreira punting Roger Huerta in the face when it was quite clear Huerta was fried. Simply put, it’s a stupid, awkward rule that has no place in MMA. Either you allow soccer kicks and head stomps or you don’t. They’re brutal techniques that cannot be softened up.

In this GIF, courtesy of BloodyElbow, we see Arlovski drop Sylvia with a right, then kick him in the face, twice. But because he did not get permission to kick Sylvia in the face, the fight was stopped due to illegal blows after it was clear Sylvia could not continue, and a No-Contest was ruled.

In this next GIF, the two discuss the situation, and seem to come to an agreement, possibly to do it again. In hindsight, that may not be such a bad thing. Considering all the heavyweight talent in MMA is under Zuffa contract, who the hell else are these guys gonna fight?

  • Nachtfalter

    One FC is a joke. Nuff said.

  • Letibleu

    fights were good on this card. they tried the hybrid kick/no kick thing but its not working, time to move one.

  • Reverend Clint

    One FC… please let this be the last one

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    This does not address the real problem with the rule – the ridiculous criteria the ref uses

    You can only kick the downed opponent if they can intelligently defend themselves, otherwise you don’t get the go-ahead.

    Everywhere else on earth this is when the ref would stop the fight – because the opponent can’t defend themselves. So basically, instead of the ref telling you to stop, you have to take your eyes off your opponent to see if you can keep fighting.

    Long story short, Shamada should have immediately stopped the fight instead of waiting for a kick and then calling a no-contest. This rule breeds greater ineptitude into refs and endangers both fighters.

  • glassjawsh

    “One FC… please let this be the last one”

    eat a fat load, anything that keeps old pride rules even half alive is alright with me. plus they seem to have their shit reasonably together.

    what REALLY pisses me off is that yuji shimada literally spend 50% of the time he was in the cage screaming “O-PAHN AT-AHCK!!” for, what essentially boiled down to, funsies. But then the one time he should have allowed it (FUCK YOUR STUPID RULES) he keeps mum.

    lame.

    good to see the NYBA grab a win

  • Reverend Clint

    half alive? are you half retarded? this soccer kick rule is just dumb and makes fights worse ala timmy vs AA 4

  • Mor(m)on for Prez

    Yeah baby, glory be to fucken god.

    It was a pretty entertaining fight up until Sylvia couldn’t continue due to Arlovski’s right hand… oh and the rule/no rule thing too, but not really, Tim pulled a BJ Penn and quit.

    Honestly I want to see AA/Timmah 5. If Tim doesn’t tire like he did in Rd 2, I see him winning the next one.

  • Letibleu

    they tried a hybrid rule. we all knew it would fail but at least they had the balls to try it. it must end now though, soccer kicks all the way or none.

    Even though the owners look like bastard step children of asian heroin kingpins i hope one fc keeps making shows. I was impressed with this one.

    Side note, jens pulver is still breathing.

  • Letibleu

    also, in the first picture above, tims body reminds me of a melting candle

  • Khzarn

    If the rule was anything like it was back in Cage Rage, Arlovski got over excited and got DQ’d. But yeah, just allow soccer kicks and stomps, and be done with it.

  • frickshun

    Melting candle…..

  • Reverend Clint

    or a Stretch Armstrong thats been stretched way too much

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