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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“TUF 9 Finale” bonuses and live gate

The UFC handed out five bonuses, including an unheard of three “Fight of the Night” awards at The Ultimate Fighter 9 finale on Saturday. It was the first time in the history of the UFC that three separate fights were given “Fight of the Night” honors.

Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz, Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns, and Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida won the three fight of the night awards, netting each fighter a well-deserved $25,000 bonus.

The other two bonuses for knockout and submission of the night were both earned on the non-televised undercard. Jason Dent was given submission of the night for his win over fellow TUF 9 castmate Cameron Dollar via anaconda choke. The knockout of the night was given to Tomasz Drwal, who had the only TKO stoppage of the evening over Mike Ciesnolevicz in the first round.

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The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale: play-by-play and live results

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”  wraps up tonight with the live finale on Spike at 9 p.m. EST.  The Lightweight and Light Heavyweight winners will be crowned and the other TUF contestants will also get their shot at impressing the UFC brass for a chance to continue their careers in the Octagon. 

Join ProMMA.info for live coverage and round by round updates of the show, as Lightweights Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero square off to find out who is the best 155 pounder from the house, and Light Heavyweight finalists Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes do battle at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

In addition to the TUF cast members fights, the eagerly anticipated rematch between Kevin Burns and Anthony Johnson will be settled.  Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald will also be facing Wilson Gouveia in a catchweight fight following Gouveia failing to make weight.

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The Ultimate Finale- “Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”- Preview

The UFC will be broadcasting The Ultimate Finale for season 8 live on Spike TV on Saturday December 13th at 9 PM Eastern.  Sandwiched between their “Fight for the Troops” event last evening, and the blockbuster “UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008”, the show will be the 2nd of 3 shows for the UFC in the month of December to close a busy year for the organization.

This season will mostly be remembered for the antics of Junie Allen Browning, but for MMA hardcores, it was all about the fighting.  Phillipe Nover showed promise early garnering praise from everyone including Dana White, and proved he was the one to beat by dispatching of all comers on his way to a spot in the finals facing Efrain Escudero.

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