Anybody else find it funny that any strike that may or may not land to the back of the head sends refs into fits, but a FREAKING PILEDRIVER doesn’t result in any kind of action whatsoever? Thus the irony surrounding the Marquardt / Leites match, where Nate the Great lost a point for an illegal knee (very valid) and another point for a strike to the back of the head (that turned out to be nowhere near the back of the head). But in the dying seconds of the third round, Marquardt pulled a page out of the WWE and used a piledriver on Leites.
Actually, on second thought it’s not really a page out of the WWE any more … the company has virtually banned piledrivers because they’re too dangerous even to fake. So what the fuck is up with letting Marquardt get away with that? It should have been an instant DQ loss.
The UFC does have a rule about this, also known as FOUL 18. Well, actually I’m the only one that calls it that because it sounds fucking cooler that way. But FOUL 18 states that “Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck” is illegal. Now this isn’t the first time I’ve seen a fighter intentionally drop a guy on his head but this was probably the most brutal and intentional example I’ve seen in a while. This also isn’t one of those “might change the direction of the match” fouls, this is one of those “might require huge advances in stem cell technologies to ever walk again” fouls.
On a smaller scale, at least Leites was okay and still won the match. While I agree that the back of the head point was bullshit, I figure things worked themselves out after that gross last second foul. Now Marquardt is asking for a rematch, and if I was Leites I certainly wouldn’t agree … who wants to get in the ring with a guy who seems to have no concern for safety or the rules?