In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic the Association of Ringside Physicians noted that all combat sports events should be suspended. Shortly thereafter they softened this stance noting if events resume that “COVID-19 precautions should be actively developed, regularly reviewed and modified based on the evolving knowledge and scientific evidence put forth by public … More Ringside Physicians Release “Universal Precautions” for Fights During Covid-19
Last night, in an ongoing online spat with Israel Adesanya, Jon Jones admitted to the long held rumor that he previously avoided drug testing efforts by hiding under an MMA cage. Now I’m not suggesting Nevada is going to do anything about this. Perhaps they will try. Perhaps they will let ancient history slide. However, … More Why Hiding Under the Octagon to Avoid Nevada Drug Tests is a Poor Choice
One trend emerging during the Covid-19 pandemic is fighters taking short notice bouts and subsequently failing in competition doping tests for cannabis. Are these fighters competing while high? Probably not. Are they simply failing in competition tests based on legal out of competition use? This is a likely explanation. Its important to remember in many … More A Simple Fix For Combat Sports and Cannabis
Today the Texas Department of Licencing and Regulation announced a phased re-opening of combat sports in the State. The announcement notes venues will be subject to 50% capacity and that approved events are subject to cancellation with the agency monitoring “factors including positive test rates and hospitalization rates in the area where the event is … More Texas Announces Phased Re-Opening of Combat Sports Events
Jessica-Rose Clark defeated Sarah Alpar by TKO (Strikes, Round 3, 4:21) at UFC on ESPN+36 this weekend. Shortly prior to the official stoppage Clark struck Alpar with a knee to the head as Alpar was precariously close to being grounded. Referee Chris Tognoni believed a foul occurred and called time out. As Alpar was recovering … More Let’s Once Again Talk Nevada’s Actual Instant Replay Rule And Clark vs Alpar Stoppage
Today an interesting article was published by The Athletic with various physicians and experts commenting on knockouts in combat sports. In the article, titled “Explained: What Happens to a Fighter’s Brain After Suffering a KO?” one of the experts interviewed voiced a controversial opinion that certain ‘flash knockouts‘ can occur without any brain trauma at … More Do “Flash Knockouts” Happen Without Brain Trauma?
Update – September 16, 2020 – This morning Michael Mazzulli, Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation responded as follows – “Presently I am not requiring any other tests (EKG is required) but my medical staff updates me on a daily bases with new protocol.” ____________________________________________________ Regulators around Canada and the United States … More What is the Standard of Care for Licencing Fighters After They’ve “Recovered” From Covid-19?
At UFC Vegas 10 this past weekend Ed Herman won a controversial bout against opponent Mike Rodriguez. Rodriguez landed two clean strikes to the body causing Herman to crumble and being unable to continue for a considerable period of time. Referee Chris Tognoni mistakenly called the second bodyshot a low blow but instant replay makes … More Let’s Talk Nevada’s Actual Instant Replay Rule and Controversial Herman/Rodriguez “Low Blow”
In the latest study digging into rapid extreme weight cut practices in combat sports along with their consequences findings were published noting both physical and psychological issues in high level athletes undergoing such cuts. In the recent paper published in the Korean Society for Physical Medicine, titled “Rapid Weight Loss and Physical and Psychological Difficulties … More Study Identifies Physical/Psychological Difficulties in Combat Sports Athletes From Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts
Today ViaSport, the BC Government’s lead delivery agency for sports programs, released their latest Covid-19 Protection Return to Sport Guidelines for the Province. Among the guidelines were permission for various combative sports to return to training with contact and even competition in Phase 3. The amateur combat sports under ViaSport’s umbrella are boxing, judo, karate, … More ViaSport Greenlights Contact Training and Competition for Amateur Combat Sports in BC