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Yes. It prevents boring fights! 4 26.67%
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:38 PM
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Default Stomp and circumstance: Shogun Rua calls for change to unified rules of MMA

Interesting to see what everyone thinks..

http://www.mmamania.com/2011/6/24/22...ules#storyjump

Kicking a guy when he's down" is an expression that carries a negative connotation here in North America. In the old days of Japanese competition under the PRIDE banner, it was just another way to get the job done.

Stomp the yard.

That may explain why former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua, who terrorized the "Land of the Rising Sun" for nearly four years, is calling for the return of stomps to mixed martial arts (via ESPN.com):

"I hope for a change in rules. The stomps... my opinion is elbows are more dangerous than stomps."

Not coincidentally, "Shogun" has five technical knockout finishes by way of stomp or soccer kick.

While stomping a mudhole in someone's keister may not require a high level of technical prowess, it certainly goes a long way towards preventing fighters from getting a little too comfortable on the ground.

And Rua may have an unlikely ally in veteran referee Steve Mazzagatti, who shared this little nugget during our conversation back in 2007:



"Oh man, I'm old school so I love to see it. It forces fighters to find new ways to defend themselves. It's easier to have a good ground game when you don't have to worry about a guy like Wanderlei (Silva) kicking you into the seats. Heck, I say let ‘em do whatever they want, they can even bring back groin shots. Every offense has a corresponding defense and it makes for an exciting fight."

A lot of fans are opposed to stomps, just as a lot of fans are opposed to elbows on the ground. The difference is stomps are currently outlawed and elbows aren't.

Is this a ruling you agree with?

Let's hear your opinion in the comments section below.
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Who cares about NY?!?!?!

I kind of agree I'm not sure about soccer kicks or stomps but I think knees to a downed opponent are okay and they should be legal.

Soccer kicks are to gruesome!!
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:23 PM
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nah, i don't think they should allow stomps and soccer kicks .. but i do think they should change the rule on knees to the head of a fighter on the ground .. something so that you can't knee the head if the person's body is on the ground, but if their knees are, its ok .. tough to define i guess ..
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Soccer kicks and stomps are too brutal.
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I think they should be allowed! At least to the body!
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I think they should be allowed! At least to the body!
Agreed legs to the body should be okay.
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Well, if soccer kicks and stomps were allowed, it would stop guys like Werdum from rolling around on the ground and refusing to fight.
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Stomps and soccer kicks would be way to brutal these days, I think back in the day it was fine, but I think with how much progression has happened over the years we would see a lot more serious injuries.
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Maybe introducing the yellow and red cards would fix some of the problems.
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Maybe introducing the yellow and red cards would fix some of the problems.
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