New Face-off Rules Barring Physical Contact

The UFC 263 ceremonial weigh-ins are set to go down shortly, with a new rule change in place regarding face offs.

Fighters will not be allowed to make physical contact beyond high gives, handshakes, and fist bumps when facing off with their opponent. Any violation of this will result in a fine and cancellation of the scheduled bout.

In practice, this. are fighters from physical confrontation, such as Deiveson Figueiredo shoving Brandon Moreno at the pre-fight press conference.

This undoubtedly stems from Jeremy Stephens also shoving Drakkar Klose about a month ago, which resulted in a Klose neck injury that saw their fight scrapped.

Though it does cut down on some of the beef that builds hype for fights, this new rule will undoubtedly increase fighter safety and result in less last minute controversies.

UFC 263 goes down tomorrow night, with a start time of 10 PM EST for the main card and the main event fighters making their way to the cage around 1 AM.

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