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Keith Kizer wants YOU to tell him how to change the rules

“In the future, all judges must be able to tell me how many fingers I’m holding up. Ergo, Cecil Peoples is fired.”

If we were to write down all recent indications that the unified rules of MMA need some revising, we would need to lock ourselves away with a kilo of meth and a poop bucket for weeks. We would end up with something the length of War and Peace but reading like the Unabomber’s Manifesto, menitoning everything from the eye poke rule to two-point deductions to feces-related disqualifications. Perhaps not knowing what type of floodgates he’s opening, or banking on the fact that most MMA fans are too illiterate and lazy to scream “rabble, rabble, rabble” persistently, Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Keith Kizer is going out of his way to welcome your suggestions for changes to the rules:

The Nevada State Athletic Commission will be holding an open meeting this month where mixed martial arts fans can suggest alterations they would like to see to the unified rules. Fans can also submit their suggestions by email to NSAC director Keith Kizer by email via [email protected]

NSAC’s press release declares the body to be interested in “comments from interested persons on any matter related to contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat, or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the NSAC.” The best suggestions will be presented at a regulation hearing in the Spring, and will be open for public comment. A final hearing would be held thereafter, and the rule or rules will be voted on.

Well, jackals, here’s your chance: you have the eyes and ears of the big cheese. If previous idle chatter has been any indication, this move on the NSAC’s part should be like ” target=”_blank”>popping a really, really effusive zit. Certainly, if we here at Fightlinker do not suggest improvements, we have no right to complain about future rule-related snafus. Ah, who the hell am I kidding, we’ll do it anyway.

  • Giallo says:

    If some asshole gets points for a takedown then the other asshole should get points for getting up or reversing the fucking position. But I doubt they’ll listen to a thing the fans say anyway, just thanks for your input fuckers.

  • CAP says:


    The commission couldn’t revise any rules amongst themselves now they are opening the floodgates to fans? This screams “we really aren’t so sure what we are doing can you help us out”. I am skeptical anything will come of this. But maybe when they get barraged with the shit they do wrong some things will change.

    I think the judges need to be more qualified and have some MMA knowledge or training. Not the same old boxing judges that don’t know what they are seeing.

  • thingvolds says:

    all weigh ins must be conducted in the nude

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    When you put your opponents ass and shoulders on the mat for at least 5 seconds that will count as a complete takedown.

    NO EXCEPTIONS. Anything else is a partial takedown attempt or PTA.

    Pulling guard or dropping for a submission (guillotine,kimura,leg lock) does not count as a complete takedown seeing as the opponent wanted to be on their back and was not defending the takedown attempt.

    Also low blows get 5 mins to recover and a revenge nut shot to even the score.

  • fightlinker says:

    Low blows already get 5 mins, don’t they?

    Since this all has to work in the framework of the unified rules, i think the best we can do is clarify some stupid shit

    • 5 min recovery period for eyepokes
    • Clarification on back of the head region and procedure
    • Clarification on spiking and that position where spiking always happens but never gets called
    • Get rid of the stupid downward elbows rule

    I’m sure i’ll think of more

  • Jarman says:

    I like that defined takedown idea, all else being a PTA. Eyepokes getting 5 mins is essential too. No more arbitrary 2 point deductions. that’s garbage. The revenge nutshot must be subject to an instant replay evaluation (including sound). Out with 12-6 rule.

    Let’s try and word these like nice respectful individuals, signed with normal names, and if we aggregate enough similar responses, they’ll mean something! Gov bein gov, they have some funky equation they’ll likely run these responses through, which in the end may lead them to assume that for every 1 well worded, intelligent (sounding) suggestion, there’s 10 loud, obnoxious retards who couldn’t be bothered (or plain just can’t read well enough) to write.

  • dick says:

    What’s a takedown and what’s a takedown attempt really doesn’t matter. All that matters for the purposes of scoring is the net effect that it has on the fight. Nowhere in the unified rules does it say that you get 2 points for a takedown, you just get 10 points for winning a round based on all that shit that Goldie says.

  • dignan says:

    I asked him to:

    Allow soccer kicks and stomps.

    Clarify scoring for ring control and punishment for running…ala yellow card and purse deduction in Pride. Similar warnings are given in Boxing and TKD.

  • Petey says:

    Oh my goodness. I don’t think they realize what they have done. I am sure their servers will crash with all of the emails that are going to be pouring in. This should not have been handled this way.



      When fans are asked to become part of the family and help change the rules you can bet that there will be millions of ideas that are going to have to be sorted through.

  • thingvolds says:

    if diaz gets a year suspension for weed while the majority of the ufc roster is walking around juiced to the fucking gills, i’m done with this sport. i understand that the rule was there and it is clear. but it needs to fucking be revised. if you’re going to suspend a top p4p fighter for a year for a positive weed test and act like that is reasonable, you’re a fucking joke.

  • CAP says:

    ^True that

  • Giallo says:

    ^ very true that

    won’t go as far as to say I’m done with the sport, but fucking steriods and weed should not result in the same fucking penalty.

  • thingvolds says:

    i guess i over reacted too bc roger signed with the ufc and im back to being all in. i really was going to take a break for awhile too.