I normally try to avoid political conflict regarding questions like this because it sometimes becomes pedestrian to argue rules and regulations when they clearly shouldn't be changed.
But after reading a recent article written by our own Nick Caron, kudos for the hard work and relevant topic, I felt compelled to throw in my two cents.
Like I said before, I don't think elbows should be banned at all in MMA, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be discussed.
The fact of the matter is that changing current aspects of the sport to please the public media seems like the UFC would be contradicting the very image it has worked so hard to preserve.
Will the UFC shrink in the public spotlight and make the sport of MMA less "barbaric?"
Don't count on it.
Too many fighters make a living by hurling their elbows at an opponent's face. In fact, some of the very best fighters around, such as Kenny Florian (although recently retired) and Diego Sanchez, use elbows to earn paychecks.
Banning a specific offensive attack that has already commanded such relevance within the sport of MMA is like saying you can no longer steal in baseball.
I realize speedy baserunners don't bleed all over the diamond, but hey, you have to take the bad with the good.
With that said, for reasons implemented by the most recent display of bloody actions inside the Octagon at UFC 146, people still don't understand that elbows are here to stay.
Did Antonio Silva nearly bleed out on the canvas this past Saturday at the hands (elbows) of Cain Velasquez?
Yes, yes he did. But that's the sport, isn't it?
He literally only needed three stitches. That's like bumping your head on a pipe underneath your sink when you're trying to fix the faucet.
I truly believe that the UFC will undergo an evolution for the better heading into the future, but it doesn't start with this.
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