Posted by Aether
ehhhhh some people I was watching it with thought it was a tap as well, but to me what it looked like was that he was thinking of tapping and then changed his mind and went to reach for the hand to try to loosen his grip. There should be a rule that a tap has to be clearly 3 taps in succession or something, because the little "fedor tap" looks far too much like someone just placing their hand on their opponent. If fighters have their arms tied up or are unable to tap 3 times for whatever reason they also have the option to submit verbally, so I don't think that such a rule would compromise fighter safety at all and I think it might help to clear up some of the "phantom tap" nonsense that pops up now and then.
I don't think that Harris tapped, but there were certainly some hand motions that I can understand being mistaken for a tap.
I totally agree that there should be some sort of rule in place that signifies a tap. It would eliminate situations such as these. I know at my gym if you don't tap at least a few times you may not get let go. Most guys are pretty good about it if they think you're trying, but that's during sparring. I'd imagine during a competition it would be another story. If you want out you gotta make damn sure you make it clear.
Like I said previously I'm not saying it happened in this fight. Falcao held on past the horn regardless of whether the horn was early or not, and I don't recall seeing Harris attempt to tap, or thinking that he did. I'm gonna have to go back and watch the fight and have another look though.