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UFC Fight Night results: Brian Caraway breaks cardinal rule en route to submission victory

The Bantamweight found an opportunity to fish-hook his opponent a round before before locking on the fight-ending choke.

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Throughout the history of the UFC, only a few actions have remained banned since the promotion's inception in 1993. At one point, even low-blows were legal. However, small joint manipulation and fish-hooking have always been against the rules despite the events being billed as "No Holds Barred."

Despite that we saw one of these rules broken tonight at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov. In his Bantamweight fight against Erik Perez, Bryan Caraway fish-hooked his opponent prior to a rear naked choke submission victory. For those not hip to the lingo, "fish-hooking" is when a competitor reaches his fingers inside his opponents mouth to grab and turn his head.

These few twitter posts reveal how Caraway implemented the illegal tactic:

After seeing the fight between Yves Edwards and Piotr Hallmann following this bout, I have to argue this is more an officiating problem than a competitor problem. In any competition, the athletes will look for any advantage they can find. It's up to the official to keep them from gaming the system. Caraway found a way to gain an advantage here, the same as Hallmann and Edwards found a way to poke each other in the eyes later.  It's referees Mario Yamasaki and Raul Porrata that failed tonight.