The line from Joe Rogan was that since Cote landed on his face and not the top of the head, Alan Belcher’s spike at UFC 113 wasn’t technically a spike. Yves Lavinge isn’t so sure and neither am I. But one thing seems obvious: the spiking rule needs some clarification before someone gets wheelchaired.
Here’s some other legal spikes from the past, just to make your neck ache a little bit:
Pellegrino KOs Camoes with this spike, deemed not a spike because Camoes ‘had control of Pellegrino’s body’.
Here’s Marquardt’s spiking of Leites, deemed not legal because I dunno, it just wasn’t.