I don't have a problem with the fighter turning his head in defense. It's permitted by the rules, and if the rules allow for someone deliberately trying to cut you, I'm fine with giving the defender the option.
We can agree to disagree, but you're overlooking scar tissue that can reopen in later bouts pretty easily. Jaws and orbital bones can break from a variety of strikes, deliberately cutting someone can cause near-permanent damage or require surgery.Riv you call it punkass I just see it as good strategy especially for a guy who doesn't have k.o power... Soccer kicks have the potential to do a lot more damage like broken jaws and orbital bones and its also a good way to get a toe in the eye which would result in very long layoffs to recover wereas stitches are only in for a couple weeks at most
It also causes a shitload of blood intentionally, which is one of the main barriers to getting MMA breaking into the mainstream.
I think it's weak. Always have, always will.