17 Illegal moves Not Allowed in the UFC
Some casual or even non-fans may look at mixed martial arts and the UFC, believing it is a brutal sport. Bingo, bang on the money, it is. But, it is still very much a sport, no matter what some of its detractors might say. But are they aware that there are in fact several illegal moves which are banned in the UFC?
The UFC is not a fee for all, do whatever you want inside the octagon fight. It is a regulated and sanctioned combat sport with a list of predefined and stringent. If a fighter decides to use any illegal or banned moves, they can easily forfeit the fight.
Twelve to six elbows
This is one of those illegal moves that seems to divide opinion with some fans and even fighters think they should be legal. Probably more fans than actual fighters who have to get in there and compete. But the twelve to six or north-south elbow is devastating.
As a fighter who is usually postured up over their opponent, meaning they are basically seated over or on top. The elbow is then thrown downwards with the tip of the elbow bone being used as the weapon. This is an incredibly hard and pointed bone, with all the leverage of the arm. It smashed like a hammer into the bones and flesh of the grounded opponent.
We saw this happen when Jon Jones faced Matt Hamill, the only fight Jones officially lost. Being disqualified after landing a couple of shots to the face of Hamill. With the argument being that the force and shape of the elbow can cause just too much damage.
As you can well expect if the elbow goes into an eye socket. It could quite easily land directly on the eyeball, bursting and permanently blinding the fighter.
The precursor to MMA was Vale Tudo that originated in Brazil, which does allow headbutts. If you watch the older fights with fighters you would be familiar with like Chuck Liddell and Mark Kerr taking part. Headbutts were part and parcel of the fight, being allowed both standing and on a grounded opponent.
The result of using headbutts would often be very large cuts, as well as debilitating injuries. The fights looked unbelievably brutal and in a sport that was trying to achieve sanctioning. Headbutts really had no place and were soon removed by the UFC.
Kicks to a Downed Opponent
Many fans came to the sport of MMA after watching Pride Fighting Championships in Japan. Pride was for many the pinnacle of ultra-violence and sport all rolled into one. And while not allowing the 12 to 6 elbow. Pride did allow kicks to the head of a grounded opponent or what became widely known soccer kicks.
Soccer kicks allowed fighters to follow up on a grounded opponent and kick them directly in the head while they were on the canvas. It looked brutal and it was! But Pride fans very much appreciated this element of Pride, making the fight all that more realistic to fans. While to people who don’t like or follow the sport, seeing the move as unnecessary and a step too far.
In order for the UFC to bring MAA into the mainstream of sports. As the rules of the sport evolved, kicks to a downed opponent were banned. And even to this day some fighters still make the mistake of kicking while the opponent is grounded, sometimes leading to a point deduction or even losing the fight.