Rules + Regulations

AMATEUR Mixed Martial Arts Standards, Protocols and Requirements

National Database Event Registration

All Promoters are required to register their event in advance with the Association of Boxing Commissions designated national record keeper, MMA.TV, and receive approval from this agency for each specific requested bout.

Event is to be registered with MMA.TV prior to the start of fight week (Monday before the event)

Promoters will need to register their promotion with mma.tv at: http://abc.mixedmartialarts.com/?fa=login.RequestCreds

Once registered, the event will need to be submitted a minimum 5 days prior to the event at: https://events.mixedmartialarts.com/?ref=events/add

Divisions

Each fighter must be classified either "Novice" or "Advanced" as defined as follows:

NOVICE - Fighters with less than 2 fights experience

  • Any amateur MMA debut fighter
  • Any amateur MMA fighter with a record of 0-0, 1-0 or 0-1
  • Any amateur MMA fighter with more than 2 bouts experience, yet has less than a .250 record;
    • 1 win with 4 or more losses
    • 2 wins with 7 or more losses
    • 3 wins with 10 or more losses
    • 4 wins with 13 or more losses
    • More than x3 the number of losses than wins

ADVANCED

  • An amateur MMA fighter with 2 novice bouts experience with a record of 2-0 or 1-1
  • An amateur MMA fighter with a minimum 2 bouts experience and better than a .250 record;
    • 1 win with 3 or less losses
    • 2 wins with 6 of less losses
    • 3 wins with 9 or less losses
    • 4 wins with 12 or less losses
    • Less than or equal to x3 times as many losses than wins

Amateur MMA fighters with a minimum of 2 bouts experience with at least 1 win prior to September 1, 2016 may be submitted as an advanced level fighter ONLY if the 2 bouts are listed with MMA.tv. This clause is in place to prevent fighters with 2 bouts experience under advanced rules from competing with novice fighters as defined by NYS law.

Bouts between fighters who have more than 3 fights may be contested using novice division rules. Bouts between fighters with 3 fights or less may not be contested using advanced division rules.

Weight Classes

Amateur MMA fighters will be divided into the following weight classes:

  • Flyweight (125 and under) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Bantamweight (126-135) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Featherweight (136-145) with no more than 8 pound spread
  • Lightweight (146-155) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Super Lightweight (156-165) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Welterweight (166-170) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Super Welterweight (171-175) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Middleweight (171-185) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Super Middleweight (185-195) with not more than a 8 pound spread
  • Light Heavyweight (186-205) with not more than a 12 pound spread
  • Cruiser Weight (206-230) in division or with not more than a 12 pound spread
  • Heavy Weight (231-265) in division or with not more than a 20 pound spread
  • Super Heavyweight over (265) in division or with not more than a 20 pound spread

Fighters are expected to weigh in to the agreed upon weight within +/- 1 pound and not exceeding the allowed weight limit of the lighter fighter’s class.

Bout Considerations

  • All bouts must be same sex bouts. Male vs. Female bouts are not allowed.
  • Bouts between novice and advanced fighters will not be allowed.
  • Amateur MMA fighters need to be at least 18 years old on the day of the event.

FIGHTER REQUIREMENTS

National ID Card: All fighters must have a National ID Card in order to compete. The application can be found at http://www.dos.ny.gov/athletic/pdfs/2068-f-a.pdf

Medicals

  • ALL FIGHTERS will be required to present results of:
    • HIV test
    • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
    • Hepatitis C Antibody tests
    • Medical paperwork from a physical that clears a fighter to compete in a full contact competition
      • All medical paperwork and blood work results must be dated no more than 6 months prior to the event
      • Any fighter that participates at an out of state, unregulated amateur combat sports event, will be required to provide new HIV test, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen and Hepatitis C Antibody tests result dated after their participation at that unregulated event
      • All paperwork including the physical must be signed by a verifiable physician and clearly show contact information for that doctor
      • Fighters may be required to sign a medical release form for verification purposes
      • Fighters should retain the original report and present a copy to the event physician who will perform the bout physical. The physician will retain this copy for our records
  • Fighters age 37 or over are required to provide a letter from their personal physician (MD or DO) clearing them to participate in the fight. In addition to the list of requirements above, they will also need to show a normal EKG exam less than 6 months old and pass an approved neurological and ophthalmological examination.
  • Promoter will need to provide an unopened over the counter pregnancy test to be administered to female fighters with the event doctor.

Equipment Requirements

Male Fighters

  • Rash guards are allowed if both fighters agree to wear them. If both fighters do not agree to wear rash guards, neither fighter will be allowed to wear one.
    • Fighters need to bring 1 blue and 1 red rash guard to weigh ins for approval
    • The color of the rash guard worn in the fight will be designated by the locker room/corner color assignment
    • If one of the fighters does not bring the correct color rash guard to match their corner color, neither fighter will be able to wear a rash guard in the fight
  • Shorts
    • Mixed martial arts shorts (board shorts), spandex shorts or kickboxing (Muay Thai) shorts are allowed.
    • Shorts must be approved by the inspector or Commission representative
    • Shorts with metal parts are not permitted
    • Shorts with a grip panel are not permitted
  • Groin protection
    • Groin protection is required for male fighters. No bout or round will start without it.
  • Mouth piece
    • All fighters must use a mouth piece
    • No bout or round will start without a mouth piece in place
    • The mouth piece will be subject to examination and approval by the attending physician
  • Shin Guards – NOVICE DIVISION ONLY
    • Shin Guards must be made available by the promotion
    • Fighters may supply their own Shin Guards. NUWAY requests, fighters not use RED or BLUE Shin Guards, in case they are fighting out of the opposite corner than their equipment suggests.
    • Fighter supplied Shin Guards must be constructed with Leather or Synthetic Leather
    • Promoter supplied Shin Guards must all be the same construction, opponents must wear Shin Guards of the same construction; Cloth or Synthetic Leather/Leather
    • Novice fighters are required to wear shin guards
    • Shin guards must not be modified in any way and in good condition
    • Shin guards must be taped with the same color as used on that fighter’s gloves (red or blue) to secure them from coming loose or unstrapped

Female Fighters

  • Shorts
    • Mixed martial arts shorts (board shorts), spandex shorts or kickboxing (Muay Thai) shorts are allowed.
    • Shorts must be approved by the inspector or Commission representative
    • Shorts with metal parts are not permitted
    • Shorts with a grip panel are not permitted
  • Sports bra with a fitted crop top over it or short or long sleeve rash guard tops are to be worn.
  • Mouth piece
    • All fighters must use a mouth piece
    • No bout or round will start without a mouth piece in place
    • The mouth piece will be subject to examination and approval by the attending physician
  • Shin Guards
    • Shin Guards must be made available by the promotion
    • Fighters may supply their own Shin Guards. NUWAY requests, fighters not use RED or BLUE Shin Guards, in case they are fighting out of the opposite corner than their equipment suggests.
    • Fighter supplied Shin Guards must be constructed with Leather or Synthetic Leather
    • Promoter supplied Shin Guards must all be the same construction, opponents must wear Shin Guards of the same construction; Cloth or Synthetic Leather/Leather
    • Novice fighters are required to wear shin guards
    • Shin guards must not be modified in any way and in good condition
    • Shin guards must be taped with the same color as used on that fighter’s gloves (red or blue) to secure them from coming loose or unstrapped

No shoes, Gi’s or attire with any metal parts will be permitted on any fighters.

Specifications for Hand Wraps

  • All fighters are required to gauze and tape their hands prior to all bouts
  • Bandages and tape will be placed on a fighter’s hands in the dressing/locker room in the presence of the inspector and, if desired, in the presence of the chief second of his or her opponent
  • Under no circumstances are gloves to be placed on the hands of a fighter until the inspector has approved the wraps
  • Surgeon’s tape and soft gauze are the only wraps permitted. Pre-wraps are not allowed.

Glove Requirements

Gloves are to be provided by the promotion, NO fighter may supply their own gloves

  • Gloves must be in good condition for all contests or they must be replaced.
  • All fighters will wear gloves supplied by the promoter and approved by the Commission
    • No fighter will supply his or her own gloves for participation
    • Gloves must be at least six ounces in all amateur divisions

RED and BLUE duct tape (available at Wal-Mart, Target) is required. This tape will be used to secure the wrist straps closed and designate the corner assignments. All gloves must have the wrist straps securely taped.

Appearance requirements

The Commission may prevent any fighter from competing in any match or event due to:

  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Length of head hair if worn loose or not property fastened or secured. Hair must be secured so that it does not interfere with the fight
  • Only soft hair ties are permitted with no plastic or metal parts
  • Length of facial hair
  • No hard contact lenses
  • Toe nails need to be trimmed
  • Henna type tattoos are prohibited
  • Piercing accessories are prohibited
  • Only form fitted supports are allowed (neoprene or elastic for the ankles and knees only) no elbow supports. Supports may not have braces, metal or plastic of any kind. NO TAPE.
  • Other aspects of personal appearance that may present a hazard to the safety of the fighter or their opponent, or that may interfere with the supervision or conduct of the event as assessed by the referee

Consumables

  • Fighters should not consume energy drinks on the date of the bout
  • Fighters are not allowed to drink caffeine drinks or energy drinks once they arrive at venue on event day
  • Only water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade or PowerAde approved by the Commission may be consumed during the bout
  • Fighters are expected to adhere to the banned substances list.

CORNERS/SECONDS

Corner Protocols

  • A light coat of petroleum jelly is allowed to be applied on the face at cage side under the supervision of the referee or inspector. No other substance is allowed to be applied anywhere. Raccoon eyes only. Nothing applied to jaw line or chin.
  • Ice should be in a bag only. There is no loose ice allowed at cage side.
  • No excessive coaching from the corner. Corners must remain seated in the designed chairs throughout the entire round.
  • Only two corners will be allowed in the cage during the rest periods. This includes title fights.
  • When using a cut man, they are counted as one of the two people allowed in the cage.
  • When a fighter is knocked out or injured by submission, only the injured fighter’s chief second is allowed in the cage until authorized by a referee or physician.
  • Questions or protests will be posed in a calm, courteous and respectful manner
  • Petroleum jelly may not be re applied to fighters in between rounds. The only case where it is allowed to be re-applied is to a cut and only after the fighter's second notifies the referee or inspector that it is being re-applied
  • When attending to a cut the following is the only approved equipment to be used;
    • Enswell
    • Cotton swabs
    • Ice Packs or Bags
    • Petroleum jelly
    • Gauze pads
  • If the referee becomes aware of visible or suspected hemorrhaging the referee will have the physician assess the cut either during or in between rounds.

BOUTS

Round Length

  • Amateur bouts will consist of three, three-minute rounds with a one minute rest period in between rounds. A 10-second warning bell will sound to indicate to seconds that the rest period is almost over.
  • No fighter will compete more than 15 minutes total in one night.
  • Fight formats cannot allow for more than 15 minutes of consecutive combat time.

Judging

  • Amateur MMA judges must provide a copy of their ABC approved MMA Judge Training Certificate of graduation from a course given by an ABC approved trainer
  • All bouts will be evaluated and scored by three judges.
  • A 10-point system of scoring is the standard for all bouts, where the winner of the round gets 10 points and the loser of the round receives 9 points or less
  • Effective Striking/Grappling will render the high majority of rendered assessments
    • Effective Striking is judged by determining the impact or damage of legal strikes landed by a contestant solely based on the results of such legal strikes. Effective Grappling is assessed by the successful executions and an impactful/damaging result coming from: takedown(s), submission attempt(s), achieving an advantageous position(s) and reversal(s).
    • Top and bottom position fighters are assessed more on the impactful/damaging result of their actions.
    • This criterion will be the deciding factor in a high majority of decisions when scoring a round.

The next two criteria must be treated as a backup plan and used ONLY when Effective Striking/Grappling is 100%

  • Effective Aggressiveness should not be considered unless the judge does not see ANY advantage in the Effective Striking/Grappling realm.
    • Aggressively making attempts to finish the fight. “The key term here is ‘effective’. Chasing around an opponent with no result, impact or damage should not render in the judges’ assessments.
    • Effective Aggressiveness is only to be assessed if Effective Striking/Grappling is 100% equal for both
  • Cage/Ring Control should only be needed when ALL other criteria are 100% even for both competitors.
    • Fighting area control is assessed by determining who is dictating the pace, place and position
    • Examples of factors to consider are: imposing successful position in the cage when fighters are standing separated, controlling an effective clinch or position for a takedown attempt, achieving and controlling dominant/semi-dominant ground position.
    • Fighting Area Control is only to be assessed if Effective Striking/Grappling and Effective Aggressiveness is 100% equal for both competitors. This will be assessed very rarely.

Stopping a Contest

  • The referee and cage side physician are the sole arbiters of a bout and are the only individuals authorized to enter the fighting area at any time during the competition. They are the only personnel authorized to stop a contest.
  • Termination of a bout may happen when:
    • A fighter is not intelligently defending themselves
    • A fighter is not showing correct defense or escape to a submission attempt
    • A fighter’s joint is extended fully in a submission attempt
    • A fighter cries out in pain due to a strike or submission attempt
    • A fighter shows signs of being concussed or loses consciousness
    • A fighter ignores warnings for timidity
    • A fighter taps or verbally submits
    • The cage side doctor stops the bout for health or medical reasons
    • A fighter has lost control of one or more bodily functions (Example: vomiting or diarrhea).
  1. If a fighter vomits inside their bucket in between rounds, the doctor will be called in to evaluate the fighter and approve or deny the fighter to continue
  2. Bout will only be stopped due to vomit, if it has created a biohazard concern

The chief 2nd is allowed to enter the cage when a bout is stopped for a loss of consciousness

  • In the event an injured fighter needs to be prepped for transport to the hospital, the cage must be clear for the doctor, EMT and paramedic to do their work.

Legal Techniques

LEGAL TECHNIQUES WHILE STANDING - NOVICE AND ADVANCED

  • Closed hand strikes to the head and body
  • Kicking to the head, body and legs
  • Knees to body and legs
  • Foot Stomps
  • Throws/Take downs/Sweeps
  • Standing Submissions
  • Chokes
  • Arm bars
  • Shouldering

LEGAL TECHNIQUES WHILE ON THE GROUND

  • NOVICE DIVISION: Strikes to body and legs, grappling and submissions
  • ADVANCED DIVISION: Strikes to the head, body and legs, grappling and submissions

Fouls

  • The following are fouls and will result in penalties such as a warning, point deduction or disqualification if committed:
  • NOVICE DIVISION ONLY - No striking to the head on a grounded opponent
    • A grounded fighter is defined as: Any part of the body, other than a hand and feet touching the fighting area floor. To be grounded, both hands palm/fist down, and/or any other body part must be touching the fighting area floor. At this time, kicks or knees to the head will not be allowed.
  • NOVICE DIVISION ONLY – No standing fighter, may intentionally make themselves a grounded fighter and attack for a takedown, with the intention of making head strikes illegal
  • Holding or grabbing the fence or ropes;
    • A fighter may put their hands on the fence and push off of it at any time. A fighter may place their feet onto the cage and have their toes go through the fencing material at any time. When a fighter’s fingers or toes go through a cage and grab hold of the fence and start to control wither their body position or their opponent’s body position it now becomes an illegal action. A fighter may not grab the ropes or wrap their arms over the ring ropes at any time.
    • If a fighter is caught holding the fence, cage or ring rope material the referee shall issue a one-point deduction from the offending fighter’s scorecard if the foul caused a substantial change in position such as the avoidance of a takedown.
    • If a point deduction for holding the fence occurs, and because of the infraction, the fouling fighter ends up in a superior position due to the foul, the fighters should be restarted by the referee, standing in a neutral position.
  • Holding opponent’s shorts or gloves;
    • A fighter may not control their opponent’s movement by holding onto their opponent’s shorts or gloves. A fighter may hold onto or grab their opponent’s hand as long as they are not controlling the hand only by using the material of the glove, but by actually gripping the hand of the opponent. It is legal to hold onto your gloves or shorts.
  • Butting with the head;
    • Any use of the head as a striking instrument whether head to head, head to body or otherwise is illegal.
  • Eye Pokes;
    • Moving forward toward opponent with fingers outreached in the standing position, a fighter that moves their arm(s) toward their opponent with an open hand, fingers pointing at the opponent’s face/eyes, will be a foul. Referees are to prevent this dangerous behavior by communicating clearly to fighters. Fighters are directed to close their fists or point their fingers straight in the air when reaching toward their opponent.
  • Eye gouging;
    • Eye gouging of any kind by means of fingers, chin, or elbows is illegal. Legal strikes or punches that contact the fighter’s eye socket are not eye gouging and shall be considered legal attacks.
  • Biting or spitting at an opponent;
    • Biting in any form is illegal. A fighter must recognize that a referee may not be able to physically observe some actions, and must make the referee aware if they are being bitten during an exhibition of unarmed combat
  • Hair pulling;
    • Pulling of hair is an illegal action.
  • Fish Hooking;
    • Any attempt by a fighter to use their fingers in a manner that attacks their opponent’s mouth, nose or ears, stretching the skin to that area will be considered ”Fish-Hooking”. Fish-hooking generally is the placing of fingers into the mouth of your opponent and pulling your hands in opposing direction while holding onto the skin of your opponent.
  • Groin attacks of any kind;
    • Any attack to the groin area including, striking, grabbing, pinching or twisting is illegal.
  • Intentional placing finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration of your opponent.
    • A fighter may not place their fingers into an open laceration in an attempt to enlarge the cut. A fighter may not place their fingers into an opponent’s nose, ear, mouth, or any other body cavity.
  • Elbow strikes of any kind to any area.
  • Small joint Manipulation.
    • Fingers and Toes are small joints. Wrist, Ankles, knees, Shoulders and Elbows are all large joints.
    • A minimum of 3 digits must be grabbed, to legally grab at fingers or toes, in attempt to break a hold or to improve position.
  • Strikes to the spine or the back of the head;
    • The back of the head is defined as the area covering a 2 inch wide strip that runs down the center of the back of the head starting at the crown and running straight down the (nape of the) neck and spine, including the tailbone
  • No throat strikes of any kind are allowed;
    • A directed attack would include a fighter pulling his or her opponent’s head in a way to open the neck for a striking attack, a fighter may not gouge their fingers or thumb into their opponent’s neck or trachea in an attempt to submit their opponent.
  • Clawing, Pinching, Twisting the flesh;
    • Any attack that targets the fighter’s skin by clawing at the skin or attempting to pull or twist the skin to apply pain is illegal.
  • Kicking the Head of a downed opponent.
    • A grounded fighter is defined as: Any part of the body, other than a hand and feet touching the fighting area floor. To be grounded, both hands palm/fist down, and/or any other body part must be touching the fighting area floor. At this time, kicks or knees to the head will not be allowed.
  • Kneeing the head of an opponent.
  • Stomping of a grounded fighter;
    • Stomping is considered any type of striking action with the feet where the fighter lifts their leg up bending their leg at the knee and initiating a striking action with the bottom of their foot or heel. (Note) Axe Kicks are not stomps. Standing foot stops are NOT a foul. As such, this foul does not include stomping the feet of a standing fighter.
  • The use of abusive language or gestures in the fighting arena.
  • Any unreasonable conduct of any kind that may causes an injury to opponent or any officials.
  • Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
    • A fighter shall not engage their opponent in any fashion during a time-out or break of action in competition.
  • Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  • Timidity;
    • Timidity is defined as any fighter who purposely avoids contact with his opponent, or runs away from the action of the fight. Timidity can also be called by the referee for any attempt by a fighter to receive time by falsely claiming a foul, injury, or purposely dropping or spitting out their mouthpiece or other action designed to stall the fight.
  • Interference from a corner;
    • Interference is defined as any action or activity aimed at disrupting the fight or causing an unfair advantage to be given to one combatant. Corners are not allowed to distract the referee or influence the actions of the referee or any other official.
  • Throwing an opponent out of the cage or ring fighting area;
    • A fighter shall not throw their opponent out of the cage.
  • Flagrant disregard of the referee’s instructions;
    • A fighter MUST follow the instructions of the referee at all times. Any deviation of non-compliance may result in the fighter’s disqualification.
  • Spiking the opponent to the floor onto the head or neck;
    • Illegal spiking is considered to be any maneuver where you control your opponent’s body and then forcibly drive your opponents head or neck into the flooring material. Some examples of illegal spiking moves are pile drivers and suplexes. A pile driver is considered to be any throw where you control your opponent’s body placing his feet straight up in the air with his head straight down and then forcibly drive your opponents head into the flooring material.
    • A suplex has several variations but generally consists of lifting your opponent off the flooring material and then using their body weight to drive the opponent down onto the flooring material on their head or neck.
    • It should be noted when a fighter is placed into a submission hold by their opponent, if that fighter is capable of elevating their opponent, they may bring that opponent down in any fashion they desire because they are not in control of their opponents body. The fighter who is attempting the submission can either adjust their position, or let go of their hold before being slammed to the floor.
  • Attacking an opponent after the bell or horn has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
  • Linear kicks to the knee joint.
  • Neck Cranks;
    • Any hold that places the fighter’s neck in jeopardy from a crank is illegal. Neck cranks such as the “Can Opener” or “Bulldog” are examples of an illegal neck attack, unless the contestant is in their guard and refuses to open their guard.
  • All Twisting leg submissions;
    • Heel hooks and toe holds are prohibited. Straight Kneebars and the straight ankle locks are allowed.
  • Spine locks.
    • Any joint lock applied to the spinal column that may lead to a strain, ligament damage or damage to the vertebrae such as the Twister, Cattle Catch, Spine Crank etc. are not allowed
  • Use of grease, water and other similar substances;
    • The use of body grease, gels, balms, lotions, oil or other substances is a violation and is prohibited from being applied to the hair, face, or body. This includes excessive amounts of water being discarded in a manner at the designated time could be penalized or subject to disqualification

Foul Procedures

  • Only the referee may assess fouls
  • If a foul is committed, the referee will:
    • Call time
    • Check the fouled fighter’s condition and safety
    • Assess the foul to the offending fighter, deduct points, and notify each fighter’s seconds, judges and the official scorekeeper.
  • Scoring the foul to be performed by the Scorekeeper
    • Fouls may result in up to 2 points being deducted by the official Scorekeeper from the offending fighter's score. The Scorekeeper, not the judges, will be responsible for calculating the true score after factoring in the point deduction.
  • If a bottom fighter commits a foul, unless the top fighter is injured, the fight will continue to not jeopardize the top fighter’s superior positioning at the time
    • The referee will verbally notify the bottom contestant of the foul
    • When the round is over, the referee will assess the foul and notify both corner’s seconds, the judges and the scorekeeper
  • The referee may terminate a bout based on the severity of a foul. For such a flagrant foul, a contestant will lose by disqualification.
  • Time Considerations for Fouls
  • Low Blow Foul
    • A fighter who has been struck with a low blow is allowed up to five minutes to recover from the foul as long as in the cage side doctor’s opinion the fighter may possibly continue on in the fight. If the fighter states that they can continue on before the five minutes of time have expired, the referee will restart the fight. If the fighter goes over the five minute time allotment the fight cannot be restarted and the contest must come to an end with the outcome determined by the round and time in which the fight was stopped.
  • Fighter who is not fouled by low blow but another foul:
    • If a bout is stopped because of an accidental foul, the referee will determine whether the fighter who has been fouled can continue or not. If the fighter’s chance of winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of the foul and if the foul did not involve a concussive impact to the head of the fighter who has been fouled, the referee may order the fight continue after a recuperative interval of not more than 5 minutes. Immediately after separating the fighters, the referee will inform the Commission's representative of his determination that the foul was accidental.
  • If a fighter is fouled by a blow that the referee deems illegal, the referee should stop the action and call for time. The referee may take the injured fighter to the cage side doctor and have the cage side doctor examine the fighter as to their ability to continue on in the contest. The cage side doctor has up to 5 minutes to make their determination. If the cage side doctor determines that the fighter can continue in the contest, the referee will restart the fight. However, unlike the low blow foul rule, the fighter does not have up to 5 minutes of time to use at their discretion.
  • For a foul other than a low blow, the fouled fighter is not guaranteed 5 minutes of recovery time. If deemed not fit to continue by the referee or cage side physician, the referee must immediately call a halt to the bout. If the fighter is deemed not fit to continue by the referee or cage side physician but some of the five minute foul time is still remaining, the fighter cannot avail himself of the remaining time.
  • If the referee stops the contest and employs the use of the cage side doctor, the cage side physician's examinations shall not exceed five minutes. If five minutes is exceeded, the fight cannot be re-started and the contest must end.

Injuries sustained during competition

  • If an injury sustained during competition as a result of a legal maneuver is severe enough to terminate a bout, the injured fighter loses by technical knockout.
  • If an injury sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul is severe enough to terminate a bout, the fighter causing the injury loses by disqualification.
  • If an injury is sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul and the bout is allowed to continue, the referee will notify the scorekeeper to automatically deduct up to two points from the fighter who committed the foul.
  • If an injury sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul causing the injured fighter to be unable to continue at a subsequent point in the contest, the injured fighter will win by technical decision, if he or she is ahead on the score cards. If the injured fighter is even or behind on the score cards at the time of stoppage, the outcome of the bout will be declared a technical draw.
  • If a fighter injures himself or herself while attempting to foul his or her opponent, the referee will not take any action in his or her favor, and the injury will be treated in the same manner as an injury produced by a fair blow.
  • If an injury sustained during competition as a result of an accidental foul is severe enough for the referee to stop the bout immediately, the bout will result in a no contest if stopped before two rounds have been completed in a three round bout.
  • If an injury sustained during competition as a result of an accidental foul is severe enough for the referee to stop the bout immediately, the bout will result in a technical decision awarded to the fighter who is ahead on the score cards at the time the bout is stopped only when the bout is stopped after two rounds of a three round bout.
  • There should be scoring of an incomplete round. If the referee penalizes either fighter, then the appropriate points will be deducted when the scorekeeper calculates the final score for the partial round.

Types of Bout Results

The following are the types of bout results:

  • Submission by:
    • Physical tap out: When a fighter physically uses his or her hand to indicate that he or she no longer wishes to continue
    • Verbal tap out: When a fighter verbally announces to the referee that he or she does not wish to continue
    • When a fighter makes an audible sound such as a scream to indicate pain or discomfort
    • Technical submission: When a submission is executed to the extent that the referee intervenes to stop the contest. Example: a choke causes a fighter to go unconscious, or a joint lock causes a fracture
  • Technical Knock Out by:
    • Referee stops bout
    • Cage side physician stops bout
    • When an injury as a result of a legal maneuver is severe enough to terminate a bout
  • Knockout by failure to rise from the canvas
  • Decision via score cards:
    • Unanimous: When all three judges score the bout for the same contestant
    • Split Decision: When two judges score the bout for one contestant and one judge scores for the opponent
    • Majority Decision: When two judges score the bout for the same contestant and one judge scores a draw
  • Draws:
    • Unanimous - When all three judges score the bout a draw
    • Majority - When two judges score the bout a draw
    • Split - When all three judges score differently and the score total results in a draw
  • Disqualification:
    • When an injury sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul is severe enough to terminate the contest
  • Forfeit:
    • When a contestant fails to begin competition or prematurely ends the contest for reasons other than injury or by indicating a tap out
  • Technical Draw:
    • When an injury sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul causes the injured fighter to be unable to continue and the injured fighter is even or behind on the score cards at the time of stoppage; or; in double knockout situations, the referee will stop the bout at any stage if the referee determines that both fighters are in such a condition that to continue might subject them to serious injury
  • Technical Decision:
    • When the bout is prematurely stopped due to injury and a fighter is leading on the score cards
  • No Contest:
    • When a bout is prematurely stopped due to accidental injury and a sufficient number of rounds have not been completed to render a decision via the score cards.

POST-FIGHT

Doctor Recommendations

  • Following Doctors Recommendations/Post Fight Protocol

All fighters undergo a 7 day mandatory rest period after each bout

  • All fighters must see the cage side doctor for a post-fight inspection
  • A 90 day suspension will be given for skipping the post-fight inspection
  • Skipping of the post-fight inspection will be reported to the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and may result in further possible suspensions
  • All fighters must follow the recommendations of the cage side doctor, in the time frame specified by that doctor
  • An indefinite suspension will be given for ignoring the cage side doctors medical advice, until the doctors recommendations are met
  • Ignoring the doctors recommendations will be reported to the NYSAC and may result in further possible suspensions
  • Ignoring the mandatory rest period will result in being reported to the NYSAC and a 30, 60, 90 day or more suspension, depending on the doctors recommendations

Any fighter who is serving a suspension and still competes in any combat sports while on suspension will be issued a 1 year suspension by the Commission and will be reported to the NYSAC and may result in additional possible suspensions

Suspensions

Suspensions will be issued for the following Safety reasons;

  • Mandatory post-fight rest period for all fighters - 7 days
  • TKO Loss - 30 days plus doctor recommendations
  • Tap to strikes - 30 days plus doctor recommendations
  • KO Loss - 60 days plus doctor recommendation
  • Disciplinary
    • Offense 1 – 90 days
    • Offense 2 – 180 days
    • Offense 3 – 1 Year
      • Suspensions may not follow these guidelines, depending on the severity of the offense (a step or two may be skipped)
  • Skipping post fight inspection by doctor - 90 days plus get medically cleared by doctor and provide verification for suspension to be lifted
  • Fighting while on suspension - 180 days
  • Violation of banned substance policies - 1 year
  • Making threatening remarks or physically assaulting an official - 1 year

Any fighters currently serving a suspension for medical, disciplinary or for the mandatory rest period in any combat sport; will be prohibited from competing while the suspension is in effect. The commission will also not allow a fighter not serving a suspension to compete if their last unregulated TKO or submission to strikes loss was within 30 days or a KO loss of 90 days prior to a scheduled the event.

Protests

Protests of any nature, must be submitted in written form and sent to the NUWAY director, along with a processing fee of $50 in check form, issued to NUWAY.

  • If the protest is found to be valid and the call or decision is changed, the $50 Protest Fee will be refunded.
  • If the protest is found to be invalid, the $50 Protest Fee will be forfeited to NUWAY

PLEASE NOTE: No judgment call of a Referee or Judge will be overturned for any reason, outside of proof of the official being in a situation where there is a conflict of interest.

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