No one cares if you punch a guy to the back of the head. It’s a fight, it’s gonna happen. Especially when guys are tangled up in the ground with their faces buried in each other’s chests. Pretty much the only exposed bit is the back of the head! While warnings for punches to the back of the head make perfect fodder for UFC drinking games, I think it’s a damn stupid rule that needs to be tossed out or at least modified.
I can’t say for sure why strikes to the back of the head are illegal. Last I checked, you got a whole bunch of skull back there which generally protects you from things. The neck I can understand. But back of the head? On the other hand, while I’ve done some gynological work, I’m not really a doctor. So I’ll just play along and say the ‘back of the head rule’ makes sense. But wouldn’t it make *more* sense to have it implemented in the same way elbows are? Elbows are allowed but not downward elbows. So why not allow those sideways punches to the back of the head, but not downward punches from the mount – the kind most likely to really fuck a dude up?
Anyways, my opinion on this comes solely from being sick of hearing ‘Watch the back of the head’ repeated over and over like a Hari Krishna chanting his prayers. If someone has to get brain damage so I don’t have to put up with that, I’ll consider it a fair trade.