The conclusion to the fourth confrontation between former UFC
heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia
was both unsatisfying and confusing.
At last Friday’s One
FC 5 “Pride of a Nation,” Arlovski appeared to have provided an
emphatic closure to the longstanding rivalry, dropping Sylvia with
a three-punch combination and following up with a pair of soccer
kicks. However, “The Pitbull” was not rewarded for his aggression,
as referee Yuji Shimada had not declared “open attack” -- a One FC
rule in which a referee declares it safe for one fighter to soccer
As a result, the kick was ruled a foul, and when Sylvia was not
able to continue after the allotted five-minute recovery period,
the fight was declared a no contest.
What made the result even more maddening is that soccer kicks
propelled Phil Baroni to
a victory over Rodrigo
Ribeiro earlier on the card, and some two months earlier,
Moreira brutally finished Roger
Huerta with the same maneuver at One FC 4.
On Sunday, One Fighting Championship took steps to ensure that
there will be no such confusion regarding soccer kicks when its
next event takes place.
“Effective immediately, One FC has adopted full Pride rules for
soccer kicks,” the promotion tweeted.
Under the rules of the now-defunct
Pride Fighting Championships, soccer kicks are legal at all
times. While it won’t change the outcome of the most recent
Sylvia-Arlovski tilt, the new rule will take effect on Oct. 6, when
6 “Rise of Kings” takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
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