ABC President Urges Edmonton to follow the Unified Rules
Top MMA News received a copy of a letter today from the head of the Association of Boxing Commissions that was sent to the Executive Director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission – Pat Reid. The letter, dated January 20th, was in reference to the proposed changes to the MMA rules that the Edmonton Commission regulates.
“This correspondence shall place the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission on notice that the ABC is not in support of these drastic changes to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts adopted by the ABC”
The Edmonton Combative Sports Director – Pat Reid has proposed some of the following rules be in place for 2010 in Edmonton:
• Knee strikes to the head of a downed/grounded opponent are legal.
• Gi and shoes can be worn during a bout.
• Two rounds will be utilized, the first being ten minutes and the second round lasting five minutes.
• Bouts will be judged on their entirety, no ten-point must system will be used
• Kicks to the head of a downed/grounded opponent are legal when both fighters are down/grounded.
What is troubling is that the MMA world has never been as unified as it is now, and it’s very disheartening to see a rogue commission going against the grain with such drastic rule changes. The Association of Boxing Commissions also has a problem with this.
“The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission appears to be disregarding this research and the importance of uniformity.”
“The ABC strongly encourages the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission to reverse its changes to the unified rules of mixed martial arts.”
Please Pat, do the right thing and follow the rules and regulations that are your job to enforce.