A controversial move unfolded as an athlete resorted to an illegal tactic to break free from a guillotine. This blatant violation of common mixed martial arts rules raised eyebrows, showcasing the lengths some competitors may go to gain an advantage.
Known as fish-hooking, the act of inserting fingers into an opponent’s orifices, such as the mouth, nostrils, ears, or eyes, is strictly prohibited in MMA. Fish-hooking, particularly inserting fingers into the mouth and pulling away from the centerline of the body, is a prevalent yet illegal maneuver seen in the sport.
While fish-hooking incidents often go unnoticed due to the challenging positions in which they occur, a recent MMA match at Shooto Brasil 120 brought this illicit move into the spotlight. This Brazil-based MMA event, held by Shooto Brasil, took place on November 24 in Rio de Janeiro.
The welterweight bout in the main card between Martin Camilo and Yuri Neles took an unexpected turn when Neles, facing Camilo’s dominating grappling, resorted to the forbidden tactic. Camilo, showcasing superior skills, had Neles in a tight guillotine choke during the first round.
In a desperate attempt to escape, Neles shockingly employed fish-hooking from within the guillotine position. This audacious move, clearly visible to spectators and officials alike, forced Camilo to release the submission, depriving him of a potential victory. Despite the gravity of the foul, the referee opted for a point deduction against Neles rather than disqualifying him.
Undeterred, Camilo continued to assert dominance, ultimately securing a victory in the second round via submission with an arm triangle choke.
This controversial incident adds to the ongoing discourse surrounding unsportsmanlike conduct in MMA and raises questions about the effectiveness of penalties in deterring such actions.