Poland is pioneering all kinds of fringe mixed martial arts events as of late. Despite their animosity toward Russia the two countries are at the fore front of a movement called PopMMA.
This time a promotion known for the unforgiving setting they stage bouts in one upped itself. King of the streets previously featured traumatic real life type encounters on parking lot concrete terrain.
This time they found an environment even less forgiving in the ice rink and the aptly named ‘Hockey Fights’ event.
The competitors are clad in typical MMA shorts and have their hands wrapped simply. The two start off at opposite ends of an ice rink near the goals with the cornermen standing by on opposite sides.
They’re shirtless clad in simple sneakers – to avoid frost bite presumably.
HF event is described as:
• There is No Rules and you can only win by K.O. or Submission.
• No Rounds or Time limit. Bouts go on for as long as they need to.
• Only the Winner will get the Prize Money.
First event pitted
MARIUSZ “MARIO” SIWIAK
GORAL ZYWIEC HOOLIGAN
83 KG / 176 CM / 34 YEARS
HAMZA “THE INQUISITOR” ALLAL
79 KG / 179 CM / 25 YEARS
MOROCCO / FRANCE
Said promotion previously proved to us why 12 to 6 elbow ban was not out of place.
Jon Jones was disqualified at the UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale back in 2009. He was fighting Matt Hamill. It was his one and only defeat in his UFC career. Even though, he wasn’t actually defeated. He was disqualified after he used the banned technique referred to as 12-6 elbow.
The 12-6 elbow is one of the rare techniques that are banned in MMA – this is due to the fact that the bottom athlete has very little chance to evade the shot and could get seriously injured with his head bouncing into the canvas.
A ‘wild’ promotion, King of the Streets features MMA type matches on a fenced in part of a parkinglot – on concrete. Which is why it’s perhaps so jarring to see the actual damage 12 to 6 elbows may cause.
Longtime UFC ref that’s since retired Big John Mccarthy explained the origins of the rule during his appearance on JRE.
“This is what I’ve always said, and I believe you’re the one who told me this, that when the commissions were talking about techniques, they had seen those karate guys on ESPN at 1 am breaking bricks with their elbows and they’re like, ‘There’s no way you could allow that strike because that strike would be too deadly.’ Was that what happened?”