When the Unified Rules were originally devised, steps were taken to make the sport acceptable to the mainstream. One of these was to prohibit soccer kicks to the face of a downed opponent. Downed was defined as having any part of the body but the feet on the ground.
Occasionally a fighter tries to game the system and drop a hand to the mat. This can be strategic, as when shooting a high double, getting stuffed, and then avoiding knees. Or this can be bad for the sport, in order to avoid getting kicked in the head.
Inspired by the rules, or Jon Jones, or perhaps a Fiddler crab, Amateur Chad Sermon closed with his opponent while keeping one hand on the ground.
In this case, the strategy did not, in fact, avoid a kick to the face. Sermon was awarded the win in what may stand as the winning-ugly fight of 2012.
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