Jon Jones is the greatest light heavyweight in the history of MMA and the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet. He would be undefeated right now if not for a disqualification loss against Matt Hamill in 2009.
In the first round of that fight, Jones got mount on Hamill and rained down blow after blow. Hamill would not give up, though, so Jones resorted to dropping elbows straight downward onto his his skull. Those elbows — dubbed “12-to-6” elbows in the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) bylaws — are illegal.
With little warning, referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in and stopped the fight. Jones had been disqualified.
That result still remains a topic of derision, especially for UFC president Dana White. And even now, the understanding of 12-to-6 elbows by fighters and fans alike is murky. Those particular elbows can only be thrown from the top and straight down. Anything else — say, an 11-to-5 elbow — is perfectly legal.
“It’s so specific, it adds confusion to the fighters and I think it’s unnecessary,” former Bellator play-by-play man Sean Wheelock told MMA Fighting. “It’s such a finite little thing. And no one has ever been able to give me a proper explanation ….View original article