Are foot stomps legal in the UFC?


UFC 251 saw Kamaru Usman use a ton of foot stomps to defeat Jorge Masvidal

Kamaru Usman got the better of Jorge Masvidal in their UFC clash at Fight Island but fans questioned if foot stomps were legal in the UFC.

Usman stomped on the feet of his rival throughout the clash while they were in the clinch. This allowed Usman a lot of control and he got a few points for these hits too.

Kamaru Usman dominated Jorge Masvidal
Kamaru Usman of Nigeria takes down Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Nigerian Nightmare neutralised his rival’s explosive style and the fight lasted the five rounds. Masvidal couldn’t get Usman down even once, and the champion used his wrestling abilities to smother Gamebred.

Masvidal was gracious in defeat as he claimed that Usman was a great fighter. He also highlighted that Usman’s style worked well and he deserved to be the champion.

However, the tactic used by Usman was certainly the butt of many jokes on social media. The UFC does outlaw certain moves in the Octagon, and there were questions regarding the foot stomps from Usman too.

Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Mavidal at UFC 251
Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Are foot stomps legal in the UFC?

While most combat sports actually don’t allow stomps or axe kicks, foot stomps are completely legal in the UFC.

This is allowed in the clinch, something that Usman used to his advantage as he tried to make wine out of Masvidal’s toes.

While this move does hurt a lot, it might not lead to a lot of physical damage. Masvidal was able to move around easily during the clash.

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal could take place soon
Kamaru Usman in action against Colby Covington (Getty)

However, doing a stomp on a downed opponent is illegal in the UFC and so are knee strikes on the head of a downed opponent.

Other promotions such as ONE allows stomps on downed opponents but only on the limbs and trunks.

What Usman did at UFC 251 was completely fair and within the rules. The Nigerian Nightmare had a plan and executed it to perfection.

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