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MMA instant replay: Rule to allow video review heads to final vote this summer

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Instant replay could be coming to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts (MMA) later this year, but don’t break out the bubbly just yet.

The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) rules and regulations committee for MMA has passed the use of video review for fight-finishing sequences, according to Bloody Elbow, but don’t expect it to resemble the NFL model.

MMA Fighting explains:

The replay rule, per the codified language, would be in place to allow the referee to make the correct call in determining the outcome of the fight in calling: a winner of the match; having the fight go to to the judges’ scorecards for a technical decision; and/or whether the bout will be a ruled a no contest or disqualification.

However, it would not be used to “review the actions of the referee,” such as whether it was the right moment to stop a fight in a TKO or technical submission situation, whether or not there was a tap, or to determine whether or not a fighter committed a foul that did not lead to the finish. A fight also cannot be restarted after a referee looks at the replay.

The purpose is to get the correct finish, not audit the man in black.

ABC will vote on the new rule, along with many others up for consideration, at the organization’s annual conference this summer in Connecticut. How long it takes for implementation past that point remains to be seen.

All in favor?

Source:: mma mania