Originally Posted by Y2JUBAE
I think illegal blows should be an automatic deduction. No more warnings.
Here's why. A fighter can poke the eye, illegal knee, illegal nut shot whatever and harm the other fighter, change the fight from there on out KNOWING that it's just a warning. That opens the door for intentional illegal blows that a fighter can PRETEND is an accident, not saying that's what Johnson did, but I'm sure it happens.
If it is an accident, it should still be a point deduction to level the playing field. Sure, it may not have been that fighter's fault, but it also isn't the other fighter's fault that he will now be handicapped somewhat during the rest of the fight.
Sorry but I have to disagree. If every illegal blow was an automatic point deduction, you'd have fighters faking nut shots, eye pokes, etc just to draw the foul. The last thing we want is for MMA to end up like soccer where players are throwing themselves down on purpose like little divas.
I think the fouls should be dealt with on a case by case basis. If it looks intentional, go ahead and penalize the guy. For example, if the guy has a history of cup-"cheiking" the other guy (hint hint), go ahead and deduct a point without warning.
This is a very fast-paced, dangerous sport. Illegal blows are an unfortunate part of MMA that are sometimes inevitable.