WATCH: UFC fighter left speechless by Insane Gore in NHL fights

NHL and Ultimate Fighting Championship have two things in common: rivalry and carnage. Interestingly, while UFC is a physically dominant sport, ice hockey is not, but anyway, brawling is legal in the sport.

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The fights are so serious that it even shocked a UFC star who witnessed the National Hockey League players go for it on the ice. Violence, in particular, has been a prominent part of sport for centuries.

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UFC star Bradley Scott reacts to NHL fights

Former UFC middleweight champion Bradley Scott is well aware of cauliflower ears and supermen’s punches; however, he was still shocked to see the same thing on the ice. Bradley appeared on the YouTube channel “The Fight Bible” for a special episode. Show host, Joe, presented the show “UFC Fighter Responds To Ice Hockey Fights! NHL knockouts.”

28 Oct 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers forward Zack MacEwen (17) fights in the second period at the Rogers Arena with Vancouver Canucks defender Luke Schenn (2). Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Scott was amazed at how ice hockey athletes were allowed to fight on the field, compared to other non-violent sports like soccer. Notably, Joe and Bradley watched some deadly fights on the ice. Plus, Scott revealed that he can’t even run on ice, let alone think about fighting on the ice. He said, “Run on ice? I couldn’t, but I can’t even run on ice on a road alone.”

NHL is not primarily a combat sport like UFC or boxing, so how are athletes allowed to fight with the referee standing and watching? Here’s the reason why.

Why are players allowed to fight in NHL?

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The combat is so intense and gruesome in NHL that a player has even experienced the worst that can happen, death (Bill Masterton, 1968). Although violence still prevails in sports. In fact, it is an integral part of the sport.

29 Oct 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defender Tony DeAngelo (77) fights in the third period at PNC Arena against Chicago Blackhawks center Reese Johnson (52). Mandatory credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, the NHL officials have classified fights as part of the “code.” The referee is the one who handles the fights and issues penalties and suspensions to players if necessary. NHL officials want players to resolve their disputes on the field themselves, which is why it’s part of the game. As soon as the umpire notices a fight is going on, he asks everyone but the aggressor and instigator to stay on the field, and none of them are allowed to intentionally remove their helmet.

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The fight is stopped as soon as a player touches the ground. While it may sound absurd to many, it attracts a huge fan base, including those who just watch ice hockey before the fights. What do you think of the NHL’s legal violence?

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