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The Nevada State Athletic Commission held a meeting last week that saw a new rule get passed allowing referees in Nevada to utilize instant replay.
Also approved was a rule prohibiting the use of a foreign substance on a fighter’s body prior to or during a fight that could result in an unfair advantage. According to MMAWeekly.com, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said the rules could take effect in as early as 30 days.
Instant replay will allow referees to address controversial stoppages by viewing tape to determine whether the action that caused the stoppage was legal or a foul and make the proper decision on the fight result.
Fights like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Mustapha Al Turk and Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson both fit into this catergory as it’s evident on the replays that illegal fouls led to the end of both fights.
The second rule approved stems from Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn’s “grease gate” scandal. This rule will prevent cornermen from illegally applying vaseline to their fighters body and also nab fighters who take “pre-bout baths in oil.”
According to the article, the commission may soon make fighters take a supervised pre-fight shower to stop any sort of greasing.
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