Reading Dave Doyle recent article that touched upon the illegal nature of Browne's elbow strikes to Gonzaga. just because the fighter is out from legal blows then receives illegal blows afterwards doesn't make said illegal blows okay. Something needs to be done about this, but I don't know what...very sticky subject.
Now on to a similar topic that is not getting any traction. What about Samman's illegal move on Casey? Don't know what I'm talking about? Did you see how Samman tried to escape that deep arm bar attempt from Casey? He picked him up and tried to shake him loose, but also, in the process, spiked Casey's head to the mat. This is an expressly illegal move, but somehow this type of action is not called out by ref's when it happens. Similar to this is the type of slam that has happened where the back of a fighter's head gets slammed to the canvas. Examples are Hughes/Newton 1, Jackson/Arona, Harris/Branch. All these are technically illegal blows as well. Offending fighter picks up fighter with the intent to hit back of head, or other parts of head on the mat to jar loose the submission attempt or to outright knock him out.
Think about this...if fighters are in the guard, and fighter on top takes his hand and repeatedly pushes a fighters head hard into the mat with the hopes of causing damage, don't you think that is illegal? Then why are the three examples above, as well as the Samman/Casey example illegal as well? Am I splitting hairs here, or is this something glaringly overlooked?