You might have seen an MMA fighter rush after their opponent when they are knocked down. Why do they keep punching, even though their opponent is already down?
MMA fighters keep on striking their opponent until the referee blows the fight over. This is because they can not know for sure, whether their opponents are really knocked out or just fell down. They keep striking to finish the fight.
We will dive deeper into why MMA fighters keep on striking their opponent, even after they are down.
Why do MMA fighters keep striking their opponent, even when they are knocked out?
The reason MMA fighters keep on striking their opponent after they are knocked down is to finish the fight off. They can not be sure the guy is out, and if the referee did not stop the match yet, it is not over.
It is not up to the fighters to decide when the fight is over or not. By going after their opponent after they are knocked down, they make sure the referee will stop the fight and they will win.
Referees are always not on time, even if one of the participants is clearly knocked out. In situations like this, they might get hit one too many times before the referee stops the match.
Sometimes if an MMA fighter knocks someone clearly out, they just walk away without going after them and confirming they are out. In situations like this, they know the fight is over by the way their opponent falls to the ground.
Their opponent could also fake how hurt they are, so they would not get punched anymore, even if they are not knocked out. That is why it is important to keep on going until the match is stopped by the referee.
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Are MMA fighters allowed to continue striking an opponent after the knockout?
In MMA, the match is not over until the clock runs out or the referee stops the match. They might not have yet done so after the knockout, so MMA fighters rush toward their opponents to make sure their opponent is out.
Therefore, MMA fighters are allowed to keep striking their opponent, even after they are knocked out. They do have to stop immediately after the referee stops the match. Unlike in boxing, an MMA match does not end when the other person falls to the ground.
It is highly prohibited to continue striking after the clock has run out, or the referee has stopped the fight.
Can a fighter get back up after being knocked down?
A fighter can still come back to the fight, even if they were knocked down badly. They have to get up on their own without any assistance from their support.
That is why it’s common in MMA for fighters to keep punching their opponent, even after they are down. You could never know whether they are going to get back up and whether the fight is over. The fight is only over after a referee stops it or the clock runs out.
In conclusion, MMA fighters keep striking at their opponent even when they are down because the fight is not over until the referee stops it or the time runs out.
There have been situations when fighters have simply walked away after a knockout punch. They have known that there is no way the opponent will get back up.
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Hopefully this explains why MMA fighters keep punching after their opponent is knocked out.
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