Jouban seconds call for ban on knee kicks

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor recently interviewed top UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson, who called for a ban in the sidekick to the knee. Wonderboy sustained a kick to the knee in his last fight, vs. Darren Till, and tore his ACL.

“The reason that this strike should be banned … is because it is a strike that really doesn’t require much technique,” argued Jouban. “It is something that you can do from way on the outside with a very low risk of getting countered. Unless someone tries to counter you with a straight right hand or something.”

“The pros are that you can use the technique to keep your opponent at distance and if you land the strike the right way you may be able to injure your opponent’s knee and gain a big advantage going forward in the fight. But the cons to this strike are just devastating. You could tear somebody’s ACL, which is what happened to Robert Whittaker against Yoel Romero the first time and he was out for a year.”

“It’s not like fans are leaving the arena and being like ‘Damn! Did you see that side kick the knee?’ … Nobody in the crowd is jumping out of their seat after an oblique kick. So I really think it should be taken out of there.”

“Sports are making the rules safer so that they can keep their stars in the game, which puts more butts in the stands and more dollars and revenue for the company. It’s the same reason that quarterbacks in the NFL are no longer able to be tackled at the knee. Because Tom Brady tore his ACL and so they changed the rule. Tom Brady is out? That equals lower viewership, lower ratings and less money.”

“Imagine that Conor McGregor got taken out by Khabib due to an oblique kick. … People wouldn’t react like, ‘Oh that was a sick move’, but instead would be disappointed by the result and call it a freak injury. Then Conor would be out for like a year. So like I say, in the end, what is the point of having it?”

When Jon Jones was criticized for oblique kicking Rampage and others, Bones’ striking trainer Mike Winkeljohn answered the critics.

“I definitely have my fighters throw a front kick to the knee,” said the coach to Jack Slack for BE. “I see it as a very legit technique and not nearly as dangerous as punching or kicking someone in the head. I believe it is starting to add a new dynamic to the game because fighters have to worry about their base being taken out of their attacks even more than before. I also would rather have dinner in twenty years with a fighter who limps into the restaurant than with the fighter who can’t remember his own name, because he never stopped his opponent’s striking advances. The knee joint is very strong if people know how to defend that kick properly.”