Opinions are everywhere, and we are all entitled to them. Favorite burger, preferred MMA, fighting style, the topics are many. Those discussions can be fun given there is no empirical right answer. It’s a flexible conversation when no appropriate criteria exists that judgement can be based upon to create a consistent, factual conclusion. With some subjects it becomes just a popularity contest or a discussion based on emotion. However there are many topics in the world, and in MMA, that aren’t decided by opinion when facts are evident that eliminate the need for debate.
In my world as a cutman, there are proper procedures and simple expressions of respect for anatomy and my education that has me tape a certain way, grease a fighter properly, or approach swelling on a fighter. Those that say it doesn’t matter are speaking out of ignorance and the results are obvious.
In this edition of “Ask the Ref with Kim Winslow”, the world’s first female professional mixed martial arts referee explains the often misunderstood rule regarding knees to the head of a grounded opponent. She explains what exactly constitutes a “grounded opponent” and how the rules apply when a fighter intentionally grounds their self in order to avoid knees to the head from their opponent.
Professional mixed martial arts referee Kim Winslow discusses the rules regarding the “back of the head” in MMA competition and why protecting the back of the head is so important.