As recently discussed, the Province of Quebec has not legalized professional MMA under the Unified Rules but instead adopted a peculiar cousin of the sport known as “Mixed Boxing“.
Perhaps more interestingly, as John McCarthy confirms, Quebec’s Athletic Commission instructs its officials to ignore their own rules when the UFC comes to town.
I repeatedly criticize this situation for the simple reason that if Quebec wants these to be the law of the land they should make the necessary amendments, not instruct government licensed officials to ignore their own laws.
So how many of Quebec’s own Rules were broken during the TUF Nations Finale? By my count dozens on the main card alone , some of which are capable of overturning the result of the bout which is no insignificant oversight.
While I am not criticizing the combatants or the referees, as they are instructed to ignore Quebec’s laws by the Athletic Commission (the very body created to uphold their combat sports laws), it is noteworthy to document how many Quebec rules are simply overlooked during an MMA bout. Using the Rules highlighted in my previous post (The Knockdown Rule, No Strikes to the Knee, No Knee or Elbow Strikes, No Standing Chokes or Submissions) here is the main card breakdown on a bout by bout basis:
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy
This bout was fairly pure under Quebec rules although there were a few transgressions. In the first round Kennedy gets Bisping in a bodylock and delivers a few knee strikes to the back of Bisping’s legs in violation of Quebec Rule 195.28(12). He then delivers a few short elbows on the ground in violation of this same rule.
In the second round we see a flying knee delivered by Bisping violating this rule.
The third round again was fairly clean although there were a few Elbows thrown by Kennedy from the mount and side control positions.
The last two rounds were fairly uneventful save a few more prohibited knee strikes thrown to the back of Bisping’s legs.
Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke
The first round begins with Noke delivering a few kicks to Cote’s knees in violation of Rule 195.13. From there he delivers a knee from the clinch and a further knee after the fighter’s separate. Cote then spends much of the time in Note’s guard where Cote delivers a series of heavy elbows and Note responds with a few of his own.
The second round begins with Note dropping Cote with a prohibited knee to the head. From there he is allowed to continue with strikes instead of retiring to a neutral corner as required by Rule 195.9. After Cote rises Note delivers both a stomp kick and roundhouse kick to Cote’s knee. Cote responds and after getting into Note’s guard Cote delivers more prohibited elbows and then knees as Note gets back to his feet. The round ends with Note delivering more prohibited kicks to Cote’s knees.
The last round saw more of the same in terms of Quebec rules violations with Note delivering a few stomps and kicks to Cote’s knees, Cote then delivered a series of elbows while on the ground and lastly a few knee strikes after Note got back to his feet.
Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons
Although this bout was on the under-card it re-aired during the main card. For this reason I will include it. The bout was short but both combatants landed prohibited low kicks to each other’s knees in the opening seconds. From there Sam Stout was dropped by a significant overhand right by Noons. Noons was not asked to retire to a neutral corner as required by Quebec law and instead was allowed to finish the bout with a series of strikes which followed the knockdown blow.
Sheldon Westcott vs. Elias Theodorou
The bout begins with each fighter exchanging a few prohibited knee strikes. After a stint on the ground Theodorou rises with Westcott keeping his back who then attempts a Rear Naked Choke from the standing position which violates Rule 195.28(20) and 195.30. The combatants then exchange a series of prohibited knees. Each fighter throws at lest one more more kick to their opponents knees. The second round has a great flurry of strikes to Westcott which ultimately lead to the end of the bout, included in these were a series of elbow strikes which are prohibited under Quebec law.
Chad Laprise vs. Oliver Aubin-Mercier
This bout was largely uneventful under Quebec’s Mixed Boxing Rules as it played out mostly as a pure kickboxing affair. There were, however, a series of prohibited kicks by Laprise to Aubin-Mercier’s knees throughout the bout along with at least two attempted knee strikes to Aubin-Mercier’s head which appeared to make grazing contact.
Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani
In the first round Poirier throws several kicks Corassani’s knee area all without a discretionary rest period. Poirer threw a prohibited knee from the clinch. Shortly after Corasani dropped Poirier with a punch and was not instructed “to retire to the farthest corner”.
Poirier then took Corassani down with a headlock violating the rule against standing submission attempts. This was followed by a prohibited knee by Corrasani. Lastly, the bout ends after Poirier drops Corassani with a body shot who then continued to land shots on the downed opponent instead of being asked to retire to the farthest corner.