I just watched The Smashing Machine courtesy of Netflix, and even tho I don’t watch MMA on a regular basis, I enjoy it whenever I do watch fights on youtube and stuff.
The movie is truly excellent, but it did note that rules change all the time in the sport, or they did for a while there anyway as the US Congress got involved and various PR problems occurred, etc. There were a couple of fight outcomes in the film that hinged on rules that had changed and the fighters, Mark Kerr and Mark Coleman, talked a bit about it, but it got me to wondering if people who are long time fans feel that maybe the sport has been “watered down” too much in some ways.
I understand that most of the rules changes were prolly but in place in order to stop what must have been more than a couple of situations where death was imminent, and to me that’s a good thing.
But since I don’t know as much about the sport or it’s past as others, I thought it might make for a lively discussion to ask: if you could change one rule as being too restrictive and simply unnecessary in modern MMA, what would it be?