According to a new rule passed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Wednesday, referees in Nevada now have the opportunity to get a second look at a fight’s end to determine its legality.
The final wording as passed: "A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul."
The rule addresses several controversial stoppages in recent history where a fighter lost a contest because the referee couldn’t see an injury that forced a bout’s stoppage.
A referee may now use instant replay to determine whether the action that caused the injury was legal or a foul and make a decision on the fight’s result. Only a referee can decide whether to order a replay.
I think this is the correct step to take considering all the inadvertent eye pokes and low blows that happen in MMA. We've seen it affect the outcome in fights like Al Turk/Cro Cop and Anthony Johnson/Kevin Burns. Hopefully now those type of things can be avoided. However, keep in mind this is only in the state of Nevada as of right now though.