Basic Rules

Updated July 2016

Protective equipment
Shin guards with instep pads (provided by promoter) shall be worn if contestants have 3 or less amateur MMA Fights
Ankle wraps are optional
Gloves: 6 oz. gloves (provided by promoter) for all weights categories.
Female chest proctors are optional
Male contestants must provide and shall wear a groin proctor during the match
All contestants must provide and wear a mouthpiece during the match

3 or less amateur fights will be (3) 2 minute rounds with 60 sec rest between 4 or more amateur fights will be (3) 3 min rounds with a 60 sec rest between

Weight Classes
Male and female contestant shall use the same weight classes..
Weight Class Weight Difference Allowed:
Flyweight up to 125 lbs 10*
Bantamweight over 125 to 135 lbs. 10*
Featherweight over 135 lbs to 145 lbs 10*
Lightweight over 145 lbs to 155 lbs 10*
Welterweight over 155 lbs to 170 lbs 10*
Middleweight over 170 lbs to 185 lbs 10 *
Light Heavyweight over 185 to 205 lbs *
Heavyweight over 205 to 265 lbs *
Super Heavyweight over 265 lbs *

If a fighter weights 158 lbs or less, the fighter shall not be allowed to match another boxer when the weight differential is more than 10 pounds. See W. YA Code 29-5A-19

Note 1: If both contestants weight 159 pounds or more the scheduled weight in and their weight fall within the same weight class, then there is no restriction on the weight differential Matches who cross weight classes:

If the two contestants are weighted at the scheduled weigh in and their weights fall in different weight classes, Maximum Weight Difference Allowed shall be:
One Contestant weighs 158 pounds or fewer 10 pounds
One contestant is Middleweight: 10 pounds
One contestants is Light Heavyweight: 15 pounds
One contestants is heavyweight: 20 pounds
One contestant is super heavyweight: 50 pounds

Legal Strikes for Amateur MMA:
Closed first sticks to standing or grounded (ground n pound) Opponent
Open hand/palm of their hand standing or grounded opponent
Standing strikes with knees, skins and feet
All wrestling, judo, and jiu jitsu throws and takedowns
All chokes with arms and legs
Elbow strikes to the body, shoulder, wrist, knee and ankle locks

Rounded elbow strikes to the head
Flagrant discard of referee’s instructions
Unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury to an opponent
Biting or spitting at opponent
Eye –gouging
Knuckle gouging
Clawing, pinching, or twisting of the flesh
Throat sticks of any kind
One or two handed chocks applied directed to the throat/windpipe
Knees to the head
Kicking or stomping above the waist on a grounded opponent
Kicking the front of an opponent’s knees
Kick to the head
Heel kicks to the kidneys
Fish hooks (to eyes, nose, ear, or mouth)
Putting a finger into any open orifice
Grabbing of the clavicle
Hair pulling
Neck cranks
Groin attacks of any kind
Single digit manipulation
Small joint manipulation
Head butting
Striking the spine, back of neck or back of head
Driving opponents head directly down into the mat (Spiking)
Twisted leg submissions
Lifting, pushing, throwing or otherwise facing an opponent out of the ring or cage
Intentionally delaying the contest due to improper equipment, by of but intentionally dropping or spitting out mouthpiece
Attacking an opponent on or during a break
Attacking an opponent who is under the care of an official
Using abusive language in the ring or cage
Interference buys corner/trainer
Grabbing the cage to avoid take down
Holding opponents shorts or gloves

Protective equipment:
Shin guards with instep pads (provided by promoter) shall be worn if contestants have 3 or less amateur MMA Fights
Ankle wraps are optional
Gloves: 6 oz. gloves (provided by promoter) for all weights categories.
Female chest proctors are optional
Male contestants must provide and shall wear a groin proctor during the match
All contestants must provide and wear a mouthpiece during the match

Hand wraps:
All contestants shall be required to gauze and tape (Provided by promoter) their hands prior to a match. In all weight classes, the bandages on each contestant’s hand shall be restricted to soft gauze cloth not more than 15 yards in length and 2 inches in width, held in place but not more than 10 feet of surgeon’s tape, 1 inch in width, for each hand. Surgeon’s adhesive tape shall be placed directly on each hand for protection near the wrist. However, as opposed to boxing wraps, the tape may cross the back of the hand is clenched to make a fist. The bandages shall be evenly distributed across the hand. Bandages and tape shall be placed on the contestants hands in the dressing room in the presence of the inspector and, if warranted, the presence of the manager or chief second of his or her opponent.

Under no circumstances are gloves to be placed on the hands of a contestant until the approval of the inspector is received. Substances other than tape and gauze shall not be utilized. For example, pre wraps may not be used.
Use of Vaseline, Gel, or other similar substances:
Contestants may not apply anybody grease, gels, balms, lotions oils, or other substances to the hair, face or body. This includes the use of excessive amounts of water “dumped “on a contestant to make his her slippery. However, Vaseline may be applied solely to the facial area at cage side in the presence of an inspector, referee, or a person designated by the commission. Any contestant applying anything other than Vaseline in an approved fashion at cage side may be penalized a point or subject to loss by disqualification.

Contestant’s Attire and Appearance:
Trunks – a contestant shall wear mixed martial arts shorts, biking shorts, or kick boxing shorts. Must not have pockets or abrasive metal zippers.
Shirt or GI – Male contestans may not wear a shirts of gi during completion. Female contestants shall wear a body shirt or other appropriate attire during completion.
Shoes – contestants may not war shoes or padding on their feet during a completion.
No articels of clothing other than as specified above shall be allowed.
No articles of clothing shall be worn by any contestant unless approved by the Commission

The inspector or Commission representative shall determine whether head or facial hair presents any hazard to the safety of the contestant or their opponent or will interfere with the supervisor and conduct of the match. Facial hair may not be braided. Fingernails and toenails must be trimmed subject to the approval of the commission.

Type of Match Results :
A match may end under the following results;
Tap out: when a contestant physically uses their hand(s) to indicate that they no longer wish to continue.
Verbal’s tap out: when a contestant verbally announces to the referee that they do not wish to continue
Knockout “(KO)”: failure to rise from the floor
Technical knockout “(TKO)”
Referee stops bout because contestant can no longer defend themselves or
Cage side physician advises referee to stop bout; or
When any injury as results of a leagal maneuver is server enough to terminate the bout.
Decision via scorecards
Unanimous: when all 3 judges score the match for the same contestant and 1 judge scores the bout a draw.
Unanimous: When all 3 judges score the bout a draw;
Majority: when 2 judges score the bout a draw;
Split when all 3 judges score it differently and the score total results in a draw.
Disqualification: when an injury sustained during completion as a result of an intentional fouls severe enough to end the match
Forfeit: when a constant fails to begin competition or prematurely ends the match for reason other than injury or indicating a tap out.
Technical draw:

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