Exactly. Returning the fighters to the position before the bell would mean a lot of matches ending in the first few seconds of the next round.
Originally Posted by sochin101
One of the reasons the rules have developed to the current set is to ensure a dramatic and entertaining bout and to avoid the 45 minute hug fests of the early UFCs. You have to remember that in those days a grappler could get a subtle submission that no one understood and the spectators would be left wondering "why did that wuss tap out? He wasn't getting hit." The ref having the option to restart the round "If the fighters reach a stalemate and do not work to improve position or finish,"* may be considered unfair to the grappler however it does encourage a more offensive game from both parties.
Though I lament the loss of style versus style fights of the early NHB competitions I don't think anyone would bother watching MMA if the rules didn't evolve.
* Rule quoted from http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=LearnUFC.Rules
If your mid way through a kick, do you get a free kick at the beginning of the next round?
I understand the arguement though. It does take away some of the realism.
honestly... they start standing in jiujitsu competitions in overtime rounds.