Sotiropolous' leg attire appears to be legal

source: cagepotato.com
 

Fans and pundits alike seem split about whether or not the compression short-ankle and knee support combination worn by lightweight George Sotiropoulos are legal under the Unified Rules of mixed martial arts.

Even G-Sot's opponent, Joe Lauzon has labeled the Australian fighter a cheater because of his in-Octagon apparel. G-Sot chose to forgo wearing his knee braces at UFC 116 in July after opponent Kurt Pellegrino called him a cheater for wearing them.

According to reputable officials, Sotiropoulos’s choice of legwear is perfectly legal under their jurisdictions, but ultimately, the final call goes to the commission overseeing each event.

“The unified rules are silent on the issue with regard to braces. It is not a topic that is specifically addressed there, thus, it would be up to the individual commissions. [NJSACB’s] position is to allow neoprene sleeves, but not taping, pads or [rigid] bracing."
Nick Lembo, Counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

“We look at knee “braces” on a case-by-case basis. The basic rule is you cannot use anything that could harm the opponent (like sharp edges or buckles or excess padding), could help get and hold a submission (like sticky or gripping material), or could help escape a submission (like slippery material).”
Keith Kizer, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director

A request for clarification about Sotiropoulos' supports from the body that will be overseeing Saturday night’s event – the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission, has not been answered as of time of writing.

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Dogmadeth site profile image  

11/16/10 6:39 PM by Dogmadeth

<blockquote>asbury - his camp is telling us all those braces arent for grip. so then they must be for support. if that is the case, he must have some fucked up legs, knees and ankles that he has to wear all that shit for support. im curious if he wears all that shit when hes lifting weights, or training standup, or jogging, or jumping rope. certainly those activities are very strenuous on his frail legs, so he must wear them at those times too, right? amazing hes made it so far in mma with such bad legs. gotta give him credit.</blockquote>You have only one body in your life, might as well protect it as much as possible. Not saying that this is WHY he wears the gear but I would personally like to see more athletes taking care/protecting of their bodies. It is what keeps them fighting, and fans paying to see them.Some NFL players wear hard joint braces on gameday. Why is it weird for a professional fighter to have a simple support brace?

piratepirate site profile image  

11/15/10 10:19 PM by piratepirate

 On a side note: Eddie Bravo is giving the staff of CP free 10th Planet lessons. jk jk

Samoanpowr site profile image  

11/15/10 10:18 PM by Samoanpowr

 I think it was because Josh' brace had padding.

Kostakio site profile image  

11/15/10 10:16 PM by Kostakio

ttt

piratepirate site profile image  

11/15/10 10:12 PM by piratepirate

 He is getting as close to pants as possible without wearing pants. We knows its legal, but is it dirty? Yeah. Not showering for a week before your fight is probably legal also, is it dirty? Yes. Putting lotion on an hour before your fight is legal, is it dirty? Yes. See where I am going with this?

Bellicose site profile image  

11/15/10 9:58 PM by Bellicose

This is gonna be one hell of a fight.

Body Shots site profile image  

11/15/10 9:48 PM by Body Shots

Lauzon by rape rape! And VTFD to Rick ^

asbury site profile image  

11/15/10 9:46 PM by asbury

his camp is telling us all those braces arent for grip. so then they must be for support. if that is the case, he must have some fucked up legs, knees and ankles that he has to wear all that shit for support. im curious if he wears all that shit when hes lifting weights, or training standup, or jogging, or jumping rope. certainly those activities are very strenuous on his frail legs, so he must wear them at those times too, right? amazing hes made it so far in mma with such bad legs. gotta give him credit.

Rickmeister site profile image  

11/15/10 9:11 PM by Rickmeister

Of course dumbo ears Lauzon whines around like a little girl because he knows chances are very high that he loses. His number one weapon won't mean shit against George and George's amateur boxing background and crisp striking will be too much for him.

CyborgRoyce site profile image  

11/15/10 8:57 PM by CyborgRoyce

What's cheating more? Wearing a knee brace or taking steroids?



 

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