Jon Jones practices a flying oblique kick

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  1. I think you’re innately making a bad argument when you defend oblique kicks by comparing them to head injuries, or other types of injuries in general. Firstly, there already are rules in place intended to defend specific zones of peoples heads specifically with the intention of limiting head injuries and so your argument really just plays into territory that provides precedent to the idea that although we shouldn’t coddle fighters, we shouldn’t allow strikes that are injuring fighters at too high of a rate. Secondly, your comparison is somewhat of a slippery slope, which as we all know go both ways. If you believe that we should allow strikes that consistently end fighters careers to legs, why not allow strikes to the back of the head, soccer kicks to the head on the ground, eye gouges, and take away the refs ability to stop submissions that are clearly turning into injuries? Why can’t I straighten my opponents leg and knee out the joint like it’s mortal combat? This train of logic likely doesn’t feel made in good faith, and neither does the mirror image that you’re painting. The real question is whether or not it is causing injuries at a rate and severity that warrants being banned. As someone who has had to recover from damage to ligaments multiple times I believe that protecting fighters joints is important given that the risk wills till be plenty present after reasonable efforts such as limiting pushing leg strikes directly to the knee joint, or even below the belt/upper thigh, but only if the # of injuries is significant enough. Personally I feel that given the # of fighters having their carriers stunted by this strike it is certainly becoming comparable to head strikes, but rather than as a slippery slope, as a 1 to 1 ratio. It feels most comparable to chop blocking in football. In light of that, maybe this strike should be limited?