A year ago to the day, ONE FC unveiled their product for the world to see and hasn’t slowed down since, stringing together a slew of memorable cards featuring regional talent from Asia as well as a handful of notable names like Roger Huerta, Phil Baroni, Andrei Arlovski, and Tim Sylvia. Also interesting in relation to the aforementioned quartet, each has dealt with a stoppage stemming from soccer kicks though not necessarily as the victor.
The latest example of the “old school” strike coming into play occurred a few days ago at ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation where Baroni won his fight with a barrage of soccer kicks while a scrap between Sylvia-Arlovski was ruled a No Contest for essentially the same series of blows. The difference, however, was each rumble’s respective referee making a subjective determination about whether or not he felt the downed foe was in position for an “open attack”.
Fortunately, ONE FC has since addressed the controversy, Tweeting that all future shows will be held under true PRIDE rules where an opponent can be kicked on the ground without need for an official’s approval.
Fans will have an opportunity to see the change in play next month when ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings unfolds. The card is headlined by a bout involving Shinya Aoki and is also expected to feature three title-fights determining the company’s first champions.
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