You could be right. I am curious as to why this might be. The evidence is pretty clear and graphic at times.
In one scene of the Punisher, for example, Dolph Lundgren and Jerome Karrabe have a fight, in which Lundgren elbows Karrabe hard in his forehead with a back elbow, splitting the skin in the centre of his hairline. This is followed seconds later by a headbutt to the forehead.
Both blows were hard and I would like to know the purpose behind this. As much as he was on the whipping post, he gave back and Karrabe could have ended up with a concussion.
you remember this director's decision, what you are asking. most blows are directed to the forehead. it would give a normal person, a concession. it's like knocking the wind out of him. it only slow him down, if he is knock out.
this above, look more two only knock it each others out, more than killing each others.
i have see this movie, this movie had a lot of faults in it. this fight scene depending on the length of the time length of the scene.
your question lies with the director, the producer, the actors, the fighting coordinator, the writer and the censorship of movie industry.