MMA gets instant replay!

Anthony Johnson could not continue after being poked in the eye by Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14.
Anthony Johnson could not continue after being poked in the eye at UFC Fight Night 14.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially decided to implement the use of instant replay in mixed martial arts according to a report from Fighters Only.

NSAC executive Keith Kizer spoke about the new rule. “The commission adopted a regulation today which will be implemented within the next 30 days to allow the referee to review a ending of a bout – if he so desires – to see if he wants to change the call.”

The instant replay rule will be used in those situations when there are questions surrounding the ending of a fight.  Kizer explained. “It will be on the immediate ending of a fight due to injury and the referee feels that it would be beneficial to him or her to review the tape to see what the cause of the injury was,” Kizer said. “What caused that injury – was it a foul, was it a legal blow?”

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Steve Mazzagatti- “You need the balls to make the calls.” – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Imagine being in the center of some of the biggest fights in the world. With your decisions, you can influence if a man can feed his family for a year or if he may have to fight again next month just to make rent. You have one of the most important jobs in MMA.

Yet, it is also one of the most under-appreciated. One decision could piss off a whole team. One late stoppage and you could cost someone their life. This is serious business, this referee stuff. And it takes a serious man (or woman) to do the job.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke in-depth with Steve Mazzagatti on Monday. After reading our conversation with Steve, our hope is that the next time you hear these four words, “Let’s hook em’ up,” you will look at this man just a little differently, maybe with just a bit more respect, a bit more appreciation. If you do, then we have done our job.

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Anthony Johnson in favor of instant replay in mixed martial arts

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who among other things is known for one of the worst eye poke incidents in MMA history, recently spoke with PRO MMA (promma.info) about a number of topics including the recent UFC 99 fight between Mostapha Al-Turk and Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic that ended in a brutal TKO beating after Al-Turk was poked in the eye and was unable to defend himself.

Johnson compared what happened in his “UFC Fight Night 14” fight against Kevin Burns to the Al-Turk incident,

“His poke wasn’t nearly as crazy as mine. I got poked in the eye five times by somebody who said their hand was broke. He was in the middle of the exchanges where he just happened to poke the guy in the eye, and that’s just what happens sometimes. But me, I got poked five times, and there’s no excuse you know?”

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