Anyone who watched UFC® 168 saw the injury to former UFC champion, Anderson Silva, and may disagree with the notion that UFC is a safe sport. However, when you look at UFC’s safety rules and regulations in place you may end up with a different perception.
UFC rules and regulations outline strict guidelines on everything from weigh-ins to how to wrap your hands, what you’re allowed to wear to how to stop a contest and more. Here are some of the measures the sport has taken to ensure safety for its participants!
Prior to a matchup each fighter is subject to a weigh-in during which time they must weigh the designated weight for their fight. Going over can result in anywhere from a fine, to cancellation of the match.
The built-in weight divisions also help to make sure fighters are matched in a safe and fair way, so that you will never see someone who fights at a featherweight level be matched up with someone who should be fighting at heavyweight level.
“The referee is the sole arbiter of a contest and is the only individual authorized
to stop a contest. The referee may take advice from the ringside physician
and/or the Commission with respect to the decision to stop a contest.”
This means that there’s a great deal of responsibility on the part of the referee. Historically, the UFC referees are very effective at stopping a fight once someone has been knocked out, meaning the fighters don’t need to suffer any further punishment. This type of stoppage saves a fighter from unnecessary injury.
Similarly, many fighters exercise restraint in matchups. If they get to a point where they feel the other person is out cold, they (many times) back away and allow the referee to stop the match. That was the case when Brian Stann fought Alessio Sakara, Lyoto Machida fought Mark Munoz and several other instances.
The UFC also has a strict policy on concussions. Read UFC President Dana White’s explanation below:
"First of all, if you get a concussion, if you get knocked out or you get hurt whatsoever in the UFC, three months suspension. You are on suspension for three months and you cannot come back until you are cleared by a doctor. You can't have any contact whatsoever..."
Additionally, the UFC has a long list of fouls, which if performed during a fight carry varying levels of penalties to discourage unfair fighting and keep fighters safe.
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See for yourself how these safety measures are enforced at one of the many UFC events this year. With fight cards that include women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, men’s middleweight champion Chris Weidman, men’s light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and more, 2014 should be the year you experience the UFC like a VIP.
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