So obviously there was some controversy there, with the disagreement between Rogan/Ratner and Dan Miragliotta's call. I saw also in the play-by-play thread a lot of posters were confused about the rule too, and how it's changing, so I'm going to explain it as clearly as possible for anyone confused about it. First of all, the current rule (which has been in place for many years, and which will be slightly changed in just a few days,) is that a downed fighter is a fighter with ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE SOLES OF THE FEET TOUCHING THE MAT. "Three points of contact" has NEVER been the rule. Think about it -- a fighter on his back has only one point of contact. But you can't knee or kick his head! It's just a careless misstatement of the rule and I don't know what the origin of that is. But it's wrong. The current rule soon will be altered slightly to where if the only thing touching the mat besides the soles of your feet is a hand (or part of the hand,) it has to be BOTH hands, not just one (which would be enough under the current rule.) Under either rule, a knee down is a downed fighter. Even if one knee is the ONLY thing touching the mat, that's a downed fighter. So Dan made the right call -- and I also think the NC was appropriate because "accidental" doesn't mean it was thrown by accident. That would be insane -- almost no illegal shot ever was thrown by accident. What it means is that to get a DQ you need to have wrongful intent -- the intent of throwing an illegal blow or reckless indifference as to whether a shot was legal or not in disregard of the opponent's safety. If the fighter who threw the shot didn't mean to throw an illegal shot and wasn't just being reckless, it is deemed to be an accidental shot. Given the fact that even knowledgeable people didn't understand this rule, I think it's fair to give Means the benefit of the doubt and find that he didn't have that wrongful intent, so the NC was appropriate. Hope this clears things up! P.S. that fight was fucking sweet while it lasted, was bummed at the ending but here's to more great fights tonight!