What Machida did was very admirable. It's always nice to witness fighters display self control and class towards their fallen opponents like he did.
you know its funny i equate the front kick to the knee to the cut block in football.
I played on the line in college and i refused to cut block a guy. i know its legal but i saw careers end on cut and chop blocks and i refused to do it. When D-linemen tried that shit in short situations they usually got unfriendly response in the next pile-up.
Just because its legal dont make it right.
Just my opinion, but I think the difference with the "oblique kick" is that it's designed to injure. Other techniques all have the potential of causing injury but that kick specifically aims at hyperextending the knee joint.
Like I said, just my opinion. Personally, I think it should be banned but that's up to the rulemakers and not the fighters. You would hope there'd be a code of conduct amongst fighters that would cover that, glove touching, etc. to avoid the need.
I see it as a class act, but with refing failures one should get themselves into postion to strike if nessacary. Celebrating shouldn't happen until the ref calls it.
What poppycock. A jab, back step or feint works just as effectively. Fact of the matter is Jones waits til there is forward momentum before he does it, when have you ever seen him use it as part of a combo to start something? Jones uses his fingers to choke opponents he also grabs gloves and smother people with his hands. Sure it's not illegal but it's a scumbag thing to do trying to win the fight by seriously maiming and opponent. I've talked to a couple of people who've rolled or sparred with him during training he never does it because he knows he can seriously hurt people.
He's the champ. He has to do what it takes to win. Cheap or not, him pushing an opponents and permanently injuring them would only further him being the best.