Ben Rothwell vs. Roy Nelson on IFL earlier tonight.
Nelson is a grappler whose best chance to win was by taking it to the ground. He schooled Frank Mir in a grappling tourney years ago. Anyways, he is trying to take down Rothwell and Rothwell holds the ropes and prevents a takedown. Referees immediately stops the fight and takes a point away from Rothwell. The most fair thing to do was to give Nelson a takedown, but the next best thing you can do is take a point away. From that point on, Rothwell doesn't grab the ropes once! The fight ended up being a pretty bloody war with Rothwell winning a razor thin decision.
The UFC refs need to stand up for the rulebook. If they call it once, fighters won't grab it anymore.