“At the end of the day, you have the illegal elbows that cut [Hamill] up, and that’s why it was stopped… The only call you can make in that situation is a disqualification. Because there was definitely some damage done by lawful elbows, it was difficult to determine what caused what until he saw the instant replay. Then it was very easy. It would have been a tough call for him without the instant replay just due to the good strikes that preceded the illegal blows. That’s why we added it.”
– Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer to mmajunkie.com on the use of instant replay during the fight between Jon Jones and Matt Hamill during last Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. Instant replay was reviewed to correctly determine that Jon Jones’ downward elbows to the face of Matt Hamill significantly impacted Hamill’s ability to continue to fight, and is the first known use of the technology during an MMA fight. To the dismay of most in attendance, Jones suffered the disqualification in a fight that he completely dominated.