Stopping the Fight
by Michelle D. Drake, special guest contributor, February 21, 2013
First off I’d like to say how great it is to have a few moments to sit down and put my thoughts and musings on my computer screen. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been here and I offer huge apologies to those who’ve missed me. Just let me think there are at least three people who have!
A lot has changed in my life including my geographical location. I’ve gone from San Antonio, Texas all the way north to Indianapolis, Indiana. I love it up here and am working A LOT! But enough about my semi-boring life… let’s talk about something I run into a lot when I referee… the TKO (ie: technical knock out).
After each rule’s meeting is over I make it a point to speak to each fighter I’m assigned to referee that night. Inevitably there are questions they’re either afraid to ask in a large group setting or they just don’t want their opponents to hear. They also want to know how I’m going to handle certain situations and usually always want to know when I’m going to stop a fight.
The answer is simple; when you stop fighting back. Uh, ya…der, Michelle! But WTF does “stop fighting back,” mean and how does it look to you. It does differ from referee to referee but for the most part we’re all on the same page and see it similarly. I tell the fighters they’ll hear one of two things from me: “Fight back,” or “I’m going to stop this.” When I say, “fight back,” I’m looking for a defense, a counter strike of some-sort, movement (other than falling down out-cold!), change of positioning, or simply getting out of that situation. If you, the fighter, do any of that I’ll give you more time. If you stand/lay there and do nothing I have no choice but to step in and “save” you from taking any more damage.
Now, I do take into consideration of where the strikes are landing, how hard they’re landing and type of strikes being used. For example, if you’re turtled or covered-up and are taking shots on your arms and none are getting through, I’ll let it go a bit. If you’re not doing anything to get out of there, I’ll warn you to fight back. If you don’t, I may warn you once more. If still nothing I’ll give one final warning, “I’m about to stop this.” Once you’ve heard that you literally have about 2-3 seconds to show me something before I step in and stop the fight.
One more example: You’re taking heavy shots and they’re landing everywhere on your head (legally), I’m not going to give you too much time to get out of there! Depending on your defense or lack-thereof, you’ll hear my warnings PDQ (pretty damn quick). I may only warn you once to fight back then step in and stop the fight. It all depends on the damage you’re sustaining and how you’re handling it.
There are, of course, a few other factors taken into consideration but I won’t go into them in this article… you’ll just have to get me as your referee to find out all I have to say!!
Until then, see ya in the cage… I’ll be the one keeping ‘em safe.
Your friend in the cage,
MDD (not MDB anymore… please update your contact list)