What do you think of strikes to the back of the head in MMA?
Well, they’re banned across the world… But Joe Rogan thinks that this ban should be removed.
So-called “rabbit punching” has been made illegal due to the risk of serious injury – damage to the brain stem and to the spinal system.
However, in the recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan claimed that the decision to ban this move doesn’t make sense?
Reason being? Some strikes still end up to the back of a fighter’s head:
I don’t even know if we should stop hitting people in the back of the head. It doesn’t seem to make any sense to me.
Because a lot of knockouts like high kicks, they wrap around the back of the shoulder and they go right to the back of your head, and it’s legal.
The guy gets KO’d.
Rogan shared an example to prove his point:
Like Ciryl Gane and Junior Dos Santos.[Gane] kind of hit him with an elbow in the back of the head. It’s like, it should be legal. I don’t understand why it’s not legal. And people say you’re more vulnerable there, don’t get fuc*ing hit there.
He also said that this has implications for the BJJ part of mixed martial arts:
Eddie Bravo’s talked about this all the time.
In the old days of MMA, when a guy got someone’s back, they would just drop elbows down on his head. Back of the head.
If you have the back and the head is there, all this punching just to the side is not realistic.
Behold, possibly the worst Rogan combat sports take ever (apologies for the shit screen record noises). pic.twitter.com/XgtzUiKeiG
— David Burnell (@ThisIsNotDSP) March 23, 2023