One Fighting Championship is a day late and a dollar short as far as Andrei Arlovski (Pictured) is concerned. After unleashing a soccer kick on Tim Sylvia, which turned out to be an illegal strike because he didn’t receive the referee’s consent before clocking his downed opponent, the upstart mixed martial arts promotion has decided to make a logical change in their rulebook.
“Effective immediately, ONE FC has adopted full PRIDE rules for soccer kicks,” the organization tweeted late Sunday night.
Therefore, soccer kicks are legal no matter what moving forward.
In the 2ndRound of their heavyweight affair, Arlovski dropped Sylvia with a vicious three-punch combination. Arlovski proceeded to soccer kick his dazed and confused foe.
The referee immediately intervened, which had Arlovski’s corner believing their man had knotted up the score at two apiece against his nemesis. Unfortunately for “The Pit Bull,” their fourth scrap was ruled a no contest because the ref didn’t give him permission to soccer kick Sylvia. If he would have, the strikes would have been legal and Arlovski would have left the Philippines with a TKO victory.
Confused? Yeah, so was everyone else who paid $9.99 to watch the pay-per-view broadcast.
According to the rules ONE FC enforced, the referee must first clear the downed opponent (determine he can intelligently defend himself) before a fighter can execute a soccer kick. Hence, a fighter must stop mid-attack, ask or motion to the ref to check if the strike is authorized, then resume his assault.
The rule change begins October 6th when the company hosts “ONE FC: Rise of Kings.”
Please click the media player to watch Arlovski’s soccer kick (11:00 mark):