UFC versus real life
While UFC and MMA in general are considered by many to be the epitome of fighting, it is extremely prudent to consider that it is a world away from self defence in a street fight. Not only for the environment which is an isolated cage free of obstacles and dangers, with a fence separating you from any other person (other than a referee who is ready to stop the fight at a moments notice!).
Then there is the fact that there are time limits, weight classes, no weapons, and a limited array of clothing options, all of which would make a difference in a “real” situation.
Lastly, and most interestingly to the traditional martial art technicians out there, here is a sample of some of the fighting rules in an UFC match. These come from an excellent book called “Scaling Force” by violence experts Rory Miller and Lawrence Kane.
These moves are outlawed
- Eye gouges
- Throat strikes
- Grabbing the trachea
- Hair pulling
- Groin strikes
- Putting finger into any orifice or cut or laceration
- Small joint manipulation
- Striking the spine
- Striking the back of the head
- Striking downwards with the elbow
- Clawing, pinching or twisting the opponents flesh
- Grabbing the clavicle
- Kicking the head of a downed opponent
- Kneeing the head of a downed opponent
- Stomping a grounded opponent
- Kicking the kidneys with your heel
- Spiking an opponent head first into the floor
- Throwing the opponent out of the ring
- Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
- Spitting at an opponent
- Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury. ?
- Holding the ropes or fence
- Using abusive language
- Attacking an opponent during a break period
- Attacking an opponent under care of the referee
- Attacking the opponent after the bell
- Disobeying the referees instructions
- Interference by someone in the competitors corner
Not sure about you but most of these are things that I practice (or attempt with some care) within my training environment. It gives me hope then that I could prevail with this extended repertoire of available techniques.