Posted by Figsak
It's not Vale Tudo, it's a sanctioned MMA event. They HAVE to conform to these rules to BE sanctioned in most states in the US. I personally prefer the Pride rules, and HATE the IFL and Srikeforce rules of no elbows to downed opponents. No elbows? WTF??
But if you want more brutal rules, blame the State Boxing Commissions.
We can thank the boxing commissions for most of MMA's setbacks, we can thank John McCain for some (don't you conservatives try and say shit to try and defend him, he got MMA banned back in the day, as much as you'd like to blame Bill Clinton for everything, it was McCain), we can also thank Nate Marquardt, Kimbo Slice, and Scott Smith for making this article possible. Marquardt needs to assess his methods, and I think that the one knee on the ground rule is BS, because half the time fighters stay on a knee just so opponents can't knee them (like mentioned above) its really just annoying when people manipulate the rules to win. MMA is supposed to be about the best fighter in the world and I believe it was Helio Gracie who said "The best fighters in the UFC today are not the best fighters in the world, but the best person at finding a way to win under the rules." (or some variation) I believe that is something that MMA needs to avoid at all costs is being so strict around rules that you're no longer the best fighter, but the best rule bender.
I think its safe to say none of the UFC champions today are disputable, each time one of them took the title it was a solid victory, but there are people who we are going to see more and more try and work their way to the top because of the rules. Even simple rules like a time limit can be an issue (look at the lay and pray guys) now thank god we have a time limit so their fight doesn't have to go on for any longer, but in the 5 minute rounds versus the old rules (and the DREAM rules) I think fighters manipulate that to an extent to win a match, whether its not tapping out to a choke that should have gotten in had the time not run out, etc. Rules are always going to be under question in MMA, which is why its best to keep as few as possible.