This is really just food for thought and to get people's opinions and in no way is being disrespectful to anyone that choses to fight under these rules.
Amateur MMA - as in the type of amateur MMA rules we have here in the UK - ie no head shots, etc:
Q 1: Is there any point to it?
Q2: Should it be called MMA?
Personally speaking i don't see the point in amateur 'MMA' rules without head-shots as this is pretty much a separate, watered down sport altogether. I don't know if these sorts of rules were just invented by the folk that prefer grappling or wrestling, but to trade off the back of MMA is a little bit misleading if you ask me.
I have been to numerous shows whereby the casual 'UFC' fan has bought their ticket and went along to something billed as 'cage fighting' or Mixed Martial Arts, and then they see a handful of undercard amateur bouts that resembles more of a wrestling or grappling match than what they are used to 'on the TV'. Cue the "what's this crap" comments..
If we use the major promotions as prime examples: UFC/Strikeforce/Pride the one thing they have is consistency and that is consistency in their rules. Pro rules. Fans buy a ticket and see a product that they are used to.
As i said at the start, not taking anything away from those that compete under 'Amateur MMA' rules as it is a hard sport and anyone that competes deserves the respect for what they do, but realistically speaking, why don't those that don't want head contact form their own 'brand' and compete in that instead of trading off the back of the MMA name?
By allowing this watered down version to be put onto the same shows as pro rules, aren't we doing more damage than good when it comes to promoting the sport to 'the wider audience'? (by that i mean the casual fan, not just fighter's friends & family, etc)
Be interested to hear people's thought.