ROUNDTABLE: Are you in favor for or against instant replay in MMA and why?

BY MMATorch Staff

December 30, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tim Means lands a knee hit against Alex Oliveira during UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Are you in favor for or against instant replay in MMA and why?

COLE HENRY, MMATorch Contributor

I am in favor. Why wouldn’t I be, or anybody for that matter? It can clear up botched calls, and lead to cleaner conclusions in certain fights.

SEAN COVINGTON, MMATorch Contributor

I am definitely in favor of instant replay in MMA. Eye pokes and low blows are the biggest reason. I believe instant replay should be in every sport to some degree.

JOHN HARRIS, MMATorch Contributor

I am in favor of instant replay in MMA. All of the major sports are using some sort of replay or challenge system now so I do not see why MMA should be any different. I am all for getting the call right and making sure the playing field is even for both fighters. It may slow down a fight here and there but it’s better than having a fight end in controversy.

RICK MONSEY, MMATorch Contributor

Just get instant replay already.  So tired of referees making bad calls on questionable knees and eye pokes.  If it helps fights not being stopped prematurely I’m all for it.

ZACK HEYDORN, MMATorch Contributor

Tough call, but I’m for replay in MMA. It’s 2017 and the technology is out there so why not use it. This goes for all sports. If the technology is accessible and allows for virtually all calls to be right, it’s silly for the sport not to adopt it. There is too much money involved in MMA to openly allow potentially blown calls to influence a fight outcome, especially with the answer to that problem readily available.

JOSHUA GARCIA, MMATorch Contributor

I am in favor of instant replay because I think it will help clear up some bad referee decisions that can swing fights.  I do think it will have to be limited and utilized to keep the flow of the fight going as best as possible.

FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Columnist

I would be for it if it’s quick and as long as they make it where they’re not going to replay everything. Having replays for fouls would be fine, but for just about everything else I would say it’s not needed. I don’t want replays for stoppages and stuff like that.

Ultimately, because I would only want it for fouls, I would say I’m against it. It’s not worth the trouble; it’s not worth the hassle. I would be much more interested in a rule that deducts points equal to the number of fouls. Accidental eyepoke? Lose a point. Eyepoke a guy for the second time in a fight? Lose two points. That’d get rid of that stuff real quick and then there’d be almost no need for replay.

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