NJSA clearifies Kurt Pelligrino’s head spike at UFC 111

UFC 111 took place March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes aired on the night’s pay-per-view main card broadcast. Camoes took Pellegrino’s back in the second round, “Batman” retunred to a standing position, and dove into the mat, spiking Camoes’ head and neck into the canvas.

Now we all know head-spiking is illegal in mixed martial arts, that why Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Board, clearifies the fact that Pelligrino’s head spike was indeed legal.

New Jersey State Athletic Board’s Nick Lembo, speaking to MMAJunkie, said:

“It should be noted that when a fighter is placed into a submission hold by their opponent, if that fighter is capable of elevating their opponent, they may bring that opponent down in any fashion they desire because they are not in control of their opponent’s body. The fighter who is attempting the submission can either adjust their position or let go of the hold before being slammed to the canvas.”

“The definition of a pile driver is any throw where you control your opponent’s body (while) placing his feet straight up in the air with his head straight down and then forcibly drive your opponent’s head into the canvas or flooring material.”

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