Following the controversy at the end of the fourth meeting between former UFC Heavyweight Champions Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia, ONE FC has opted to abandon their rule set and switch to the more familiar PRIDE rules.
The promotion’s original rule set would allow for a referee to call “open attack” on a downed fighter, making soccer kicks legal for that time being. Unfortunately for Arlovski, after years of stored-up vitriol for the “The Maine-iac”, the Belarusian unleashed a pair of devastating soccer kicks too soon, ultimately seeing his knockout win declared a “no contest”. The Singapore-based promotion tweeted today, “Effective immediately, ONE FC has adopted full PRIDE rules for soccer kicks,” meaning they are now legal at all times.
ONE FC 6 will be the first promotional offering under the PRIDE rules set, the event takes place October 6 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and is anchored by former DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki taking on surging Frenchman Arnaud Lepont in his debut.