The controversial oblique kick debate continues.
Fans and fighters alike are wondering if mixed martial arts commissions should ban oblique kicks. For those who don’t know, a side kick is a stomp that aims to push an opponent’s knee back.
The kick is back in the news after Khalil Rountree destroyed Modestas Bukauskas’ leg (as seen in the video above) and claimed a TKO victory in UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till. Although Rountree was not the first to use the movement – Jon Jones has been heavily criticized over the years for the technique – he has been one of the most devastating examples.
Many fighters have taken to social media to call for a ban on the kick while others have defended its use. Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort is the most recent fighter to explode the movement.
“It’s time to review the rules. Even boxing, why 12 rounds? Why do you put 12 laps? You want to see knockouts. Want to see the finishes. There is so much to change in both sports I believe. Why (do you allow) this kick? What is the purpose of this kick?
Belfort has not participated in MMA since May 2018, where he lost by TKO to Lyoto Machida. Currently, “The Phenom” is in his final preparations to face Evander Holyfield, 58, in a boxing match this Saturday night. Ahead of his second professional boxing match, Belfort wonders not only about MMA, but the sport of boxing and who sets the rules.
“Why are you letting the fighters take all this damage?” Because now the guy is going for the ACL, maybe end his career. So a lot of things we need to review. The rules of MMA are so old. And who made the rules? I asked this question for Dana [White], and he [MOCK STAMMERS]. I do not know. And who was involved? Was a fighter involved? Was anyone involved? Who (creates) the rules of boxing? Is that someone in a suit? Bring the fighters (to see) what we can do to improve. “
Do you think the oblique kick should be banned from MMA?
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