I. Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts is a full contact unarmed combat sport that permits techniques from a range of disciplines, including, Boxing, Thai Boxing, Wrestling, Submission wrestling, Judo and Ju Jitsu. Techniques from any Martial or fighting art that are not deemed to be a foul in the following text may be used.
2. The Cage / Octagon
Bouts take place in a, fenced octagon. The cage floor shall be covered with a protective, shock absorbing mat at least 40mm in thickness, with a clean, tightly stretched canvas covering.
A contestant will not be allowed to compete within 28 days of their last fight. Unless cleared to do so by an authorised Doctor
A contestant listed to fight or the contestant's representative, MUST attend, at the scheduled time, the pre-bout rules meeting called, and given by the Referee or Chief Official. Interpreters should be available for those whose first language is not English.
A contestant listed to fight shall report to where the show is to take place no later than 1 hour before the beginning of the first bout.
A contestant listed on a program who is unable to fight for medical reasons shall provide a medical certificate to that effect and shall, at the chief officials request, undergo an examination by a physician designated by the show promoter.
A contestant shall report to the cage to fight at an official's signal.
4. Medical Cover
Two authorised physicians shall be assigned, who may stop a bout at any time, or in the case of a tournament, at the end of each bout, to examine a contestant and determine whether he is medically fit to continue. Where the physician is of the opinion that the contestant is not fit to continue the bout, he shall so inform the referee, who shall stop the bout.
At least 2 State Registered Paramedics will be present and will supply all necessary emergency first aid and trauma equipment (enough for both fighters), as well as an emergency vehicle for casualty evacuation.
The local hospital should be notified of the event taking place at least 24 hours in advance.
Paramedic and Doctor shall at all times be present at cage side during a bout.
5. Equipment Authorized in Corners
Each contestant may have only the following items in his corner:
Adrenalin 1:1000 solution
6 . Gloves
Only gloves authorised by the promoter prior to the competition may be used. Each glove shall be in good condition;
Gloves should not be used if:
The stuffing of a glove has shifted or has become compacted in places.
7. Hand Wraps
Contestants may use medical gauze and tape to wrap hands. No tape is to cover the knuckles. No excessive wrapping will be permitted. Wrapping should not be rigid in any way. An authorised official will inspect all hand wraps prior to contestants gloving up.
An official will check and sign all hand wraps prior to fighters putting on their gloves. The official will then tape and sign the gloves to
8. Contestant's Epuipment
Contestants should wear suitable shorts. No other clothing is allowed.
A contestant shall not use grease or another substance on his face, head, arms or other parts of his body. He may use a small amount of petroleum jelly around the eyes, on the sides of the nose and behind the ears.
A contestant shall not wear any object made of hard material of any kind.
A contestant shall not wear hard contact lenses during a bout.
A contestant shall not wear a Gi.
A contestant shall wear a protective cup and a fitted mouthpiece.
An official weigh-in shall take place 24 hours before the bouts begin, in the presence of the opponents and an authorised official.
The official weigh-in shall be the responsibility of the promoter.
The promoter will use calibrated lever balance scales.
Any calibration of the scales should be made by an authorised official prior to the weigh in commencing, and should be witnessed by an independent person.
At an official weigh-in, the scales shall be placed on a hard, level surface.
In the event where promotion is postponed for a period exceeding 24 hours, the official weigh-in shall be repeated.
10. Weight Classes
The official weight classes are as follows:
Bantamweight under 61.kg
Featherweight under 66 kg
11 . Corners
Only licensed trainers and corner men shall be present in his contestant's corner during a bout. No more than 2 corner attendants may accompany him .
An inspector may remove from a corner a person whom he considers does not meet the requirements stipulated above or to be violating a provision of this Regulation.
The persons authorized to be in a corner shall remain seated at the foot of the octagon and shall not intervene in any way whatsoever to assist a contestant during rounds.
The persons present in a corner shall have in their possession or use only the equipment prescribed in section 5.
A referee qualified to the necessary level required shall officiate each bout.
The referee shall conduct a comprehensive Rules Meeting to ensure that all contestants fully understand the rules they are competing under and the penalties for breaking said rules. An interpreter should be used if necessary.
Before a bout, the Chief Referee shall meet with the contestants and shall give them his instructions. An interpreter should be used to ensure all contestants fully understand this meeting.
Before signalling the start of a bout, the referee shall see that the physician, 3 judges and at least 1 timekeeper are present at ringside.
During a bout, the referee shall use the following 3 commands:
«STOP» to order a contestant to stop fighting;
The referee may interrupt a bout at any time.
The referee can interrupt the fight at anytime when he feels there is not enough action. He must advise the fighters verbally prior to the interruption.
When there is a lack of action in a bout, or it reaches a stalemate situation, the referee may interrupt the bout at any time to resume the fight with both competitors standing.
Where the referee interrupts a bout and wants to indicate to a contestant that he must retire to a corner, the referee shall point his hand to instruct the contestant to retire to the farthest neutral corner.
Where a contestant deliberately and unnecessarily removes his mouthpiece, the referee shall deduct 1 point; if the contestant again removes his mouthpiece during the same bout, the referee may disqualify him.
Where a contestant accidentally loses his mouthpiece, the referee shall stop the bout immediately after the exchange of blows taking place and shall send the other contestant to a neutral corner. One of the persons authorized to be present in the corner of the contestant who has lost his mouthpiece shall clean the mouthpiece and give it back to the contestant.
The referee may stop the bout if he considers that 1 of the contestants is not doing his best to win or that both are not doing so. He may then disqualify either contestant or both contestants, in which case he shall make a report to the chief official explaining the reasons for his decision.
The referee may remove any person present in a contestant's corner where he considers that the person is acting in an unsuitable manner or interfering with the bout, and may deduct 1 or more points from the contestant or disqualify him.
Only the referee and the contestants shall be present in the cage during a round.
The referee shall stop the bout where the physician advises him that a contestant is no longer fit to continue.
The referee shall stop the bout immediately when a contestant is knocked out.
Where a contestant receives a foul blow, the referee may interrupt the bout and may allow him up to 5 minutes to recover. If the contestant cannot continue after this time for medical reasons the following may occur:
If the foul blow was caused accidentally, the bout will go to the judges' scorecards, unless the bout has not reached the end of at least one round in which case it will be made a no contest.
If the blow was caused intentionally, the victim will be deemed the winner of the contest by way of disqualification.
The referee shall indicate to the Timekeeper to pause the timer if there is an interruption of a round or rest period.
Only judges authorised may be used to score a contest.
The Judges must be in a position to view the complete contest and be free from distraction.
Each judge will score the contest independently.
Judges will be allowed light refreshments throughout an event. No alcohol is to be consumed.
A 10 Point Must system will be used to score bouts. Each round of a contest is scored individually and if no submission or KO occurs, these are totalled up and a decision made.
The winner of a round will be awarded 10 points, and the loser 9 points or less. It is not possible for both fighters to score 10 points for a round.
Criteria that the judges will be assessing, in order of priority, are as follows: -
Cage/ Ring Control
Defence / Escapes
Judges should be well versed in all areas of MMA competition and techniques, and should show no bias to just one area, i.e. striking over submissions.
A head judge will be appointed at each contest. This judge will not score the contest directly, however it is his responsibility to ensure that the scoring is kept consistent and of a high standard. The head judge may ask for any of the other three judges to be replaced if they are found to be incompetent.
Point deduction: In the event of a foul, the referee may decide to deduct a point from the offending fighter.
At the conclusion of a contest the scorecards will be collected, the totals added, passed to the referee and a decision announced.
Physical tap out
Technical knockout by the referee stopping the contest.
Decision via the scorecards, including:
Where both contestants are injured or have been knocked down simultaneously and are not able to resume the bout, the contestant leading on the scorecards shall be declared the winner.
Where a contestant is injured as a result of a legal blow and the bout cannot go on by reason of the seriousness of the injury, the referee shall interrupt the bout, shall consult the physician and, if the physician considers that the bout must be stopped, shall declare the injured contestant the loser by a technical knock-out.
Where the referee considers that a contestant is no longer able to defend himself or stand up to his opponent, he shall stop the bout and declare the opponent the winner by a technical knockout.
Where a contestant is disqualified, his opponent shall be declared the winner. If both contestants are disqualified, the decision shall be the disqualification of both contestants.
Where a contestant has been knocked down and cannot resume the bout, his opponent shall be declared the winner by a knockout.
The referee may interrupt or end a bout for exceptional reasons beyond his or the contestants' control. In such a case, he shall consult the chief official in making his decision as to the result of the bout.
Where a contestant does not report to the octagon after having received the order of an official, the official shall inform the referee. Where the contestant does not report to the octagon within a reasonable time, the referee shall declare the opponent the winner by default.
Where a contestant is cut as the result of an intentional foul and the bout cannot go on by reason of the seriousness of the cut, the offending contestant shall be disqualified.
Where a contestant is cut as the result of an unintentional foul and the bout cannot go on by reason of the seriousness of the cut, the referee shall make a technical decision, applied to the round during which the bout is stopped, in favour of the contestant who is leading on the score cards, including the score card for the round during which the bout is stopped. The first round must have been completed for a decision to be
If an injury inflicted by an accidental foul later becomes aggravated by fair blows and the referee orders the contest to be stopped because of the injury, the outcome must be determined by scoring the completed rounds and the round during which the referee stops the contest.
During a contest, each of the following acts constitutes a foul:
1. Butting with the head
17. Inspection Stoppage
If a fighter on the ground sustains an injury (e.g., a cut) that in the referee's judgment must be evaluated immediately, the referee must stop the match and the fighters must remain in their strategic positions. The referee will evaluate the injury with the fighters in those positions. If he determines the injury is not serious, the match is continued with the fighters in those positions. If the referee needs a doctor's evaluation, he must remember the fighter's positions and then stand them up. If the doctor evaluates an injured fighter and determines the match can proceed, the referee must, if possible, put the fighters back into their previous strategic positions.
18. Duration of a Bout
The duration bouts will be 3 rounds of 5 minutes. The break between rounds will be 1 minute.
19. Appeals Procedure
An appeal against a decision must be brought to the attention of the promoter no later than 24 hour after the original decision has been made. An official appeal must be presented in writing to the promoter within 72 hours.
The promoter will ensure that all necessary insurances are in place to cover, the public, competitors and trainers, and anyone employed to work for the promotion.
All outside contractors and services commissioned for the promotion must have their own insurances in for themselves, the public and their employees.