The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) approve some ground breaking new rule changes on Wednesday. The first being “Instant Replay”,
“A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.”[MMAWeekly]
Also the commission approved non-championship fights the ability to go five rounds. This opens the door for big name non-title superfights which until this ruling were limited to three rounds.
The commission also passed a regulation that allows for five-round non-title bouts in MMA between two athletes, as long as, of course, they are of championship caliber, according to Executive Director Keith Kizer.
Although this ruling is great for the sport, it clearly gives the commission the ability to pick and choose which fights are “Championship Caliber”. Is Cro Cop vs Dos Santos championship caliber? Who knows, we’ll to see how flexible the commission decides to be in this issue.
These ruling go into effect in 30 days.