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Any fighter Male or Female under the age of 18
Protective Gear must be worn to include shin pads and 6 oz gloves
Females can wear chest protection
Protective Shirt must be worn by all
3 - 2 minute rounds

Novice: Over 18
3 - 2 min rounds
6 oz gloves
Shin pads can be worn
Protective shirt can be worn - not mandatory but highly suggested
5 fight maximum at Novice level over 18
5 year age differential maximum No 18 year olds fighting 30 year old men.

Elbows and knees to the head is prohibited
10 sec no advancing ground movement fighters are stood up
10 pt must
3 judges
3 fouls results in DQ

Masters: Novice and Open rules apply participants over 35 - 55.


Every round is 5 minutes in duration with a one minute rest period in-between rounds. Non-title matches must not exceed three rounds (The governing commission can grant dispensation for non-title five round bouts[4][5]). Title matches can be sanctioned for five rounds.[2]


All competitors must fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Shirts, gis or long pants (including gi pants) are not allowed. Fighters must use approved light gloves (4-6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab. A mouthguard and protective cup are also required and is checked by a State Athletic Committee official before being allowed to enter the cage/ring.[2]

Judging criteria

The ten-point must system is in effect for all fights. Three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points. In New Jersey, the fewest points a fighter can receive is 7.[2]


As set out by the Association of Boxing Commissions:[6]

  • Holding or grabbing the fence
  • Holding opponent’s shorts or gloves
  • Butting with the head
  • Eye gouging of any kind
  • Biting or spitting at an opponent
  • Hair pulling
  • Fish hooking
  • Groin attacks of any kind
  • Intentionally placing a finger into any orifice, or into any cut or laceration of your opponent
  • Downward pointing of elbow strikes (see Elbow strike)
  • Small joint manipulation
  • Strikes to the spine or back of the head (see Rabbit punch)
  • Heel kicks to the kidney
  • Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
  • Clawing, pinching, twisting the flesh or grabbing the clavicle
  • Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
  • Kneeing the Head of a grounded opponent
  • Stomping of a grounded fighter
  • The use of abusive language in fighting area
  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to opponent
  • Attacking an opponent on or during the break
  • Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  • Timidity (avoiding contact, or consistent dropping of mouthpiece, or faking an injury)
  • Interference from a mixed martial artists seconds
  • Throwing an opponent out of the ring or caged area
  • Flagrant disregard of the referee’s instructions
  • Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his or her head or neck (see Piledriver)
  • Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.

Medical Requirements

Contestants shall complete all pre-licensure medical examinations and tests required by the jurisdiction licensing the contest.

The jurisdiction licensing the contest shall conduct or supervise all pre-contest weigh-ins and may hold or supervise a rules meeting for all contestants and their cornermen.

Post-Contest medical examination.

Immediately following a contest, each contestant shall be given a medical examination by a physician appointed by the commission. The medical examination may include any examinations or tests the commission deems necessary to determine the post-contest physical fitness of a contestant.

Any contestant who refuses to submit to a post-contest medical examination shall be immediately suspended for an indefinite period. [7]

Prohibited Substances

Use of Prohibited Substances

• The use of any illegal drug, narcotic, stimulant, depressant, or analgesic of any description, or alcohol substance, by a contestant either before or during a match, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant from the match and disciplinary action in accordance with the commission licensing the contest.

Detection of Prohibited Substances

• In order to detect the presence of any prohibited substance, a contestant shall submit to any pre-contest or post-contest urinalysis or other laboratory procedure that is ordered by the physician appointed by the commission. Refusal to submit to such testing shall result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant from the match and an indefinite suspension from the sport of mixed martial arts.


• All contestants may be ordered to complete a pre-contest urinalysis exam to detect the presence of any drug.

• In addition to a pre-contest analysis, the local commission may, at its discretion, decide to test for the presence of performance enhancing drugs and thereby require additional urine specimens to be produced at any time after the completion of the contest.

• Collection of specimens for urinalysis testing shall be conducted or supervised by a commission official. Refusal to submit to such testing shall result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant from the match and an indefinite suspension from the sport of mixed martial arts. [7]

General conduct

If both fighters are on the verge of falling out of the ring or become entangled in the ropes, the referee will stop the action. The fighters must immediately stop their movements and will then be repositioned in the center of the ring in the same position. Once they are comfortably repositioned, they resume at the referee's instruction.

If fighters commit the following actions, they shall be given a yellow card by officials: Stalling or failure to initiate any offensive attack, making no attempt to finalize the match or damage the opponent, and holding the opponent's body with the arms and legs to produce a stalemate. A yellow card results in a 10% deduction/fine of the fighter's fight purse.


Flyweight up to 125 lbs.
Bantamweight over 125 to 135 lbs.
Featherweight over 135 to 145 lbs.
Lightweight over 145 to 155 lbs.
Welterweight over 155 to 170 lbs.
Middleweight over 170 to 185 lbs.
Light Heavyweight over 185 to 205 lbs.
Heavyweight over 205 to 265 lbs.
Super Heavyweight over 265 lbs.


1^ Gross, Josh (2005-02-22). "MMA Vote Takes Place Today in California".
Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.

2^ a b c d e "Mixed Martial arts Unified Rules of Conduct". New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2011-05-19.

3^ "SUMMARY REPORT Discussion and Review of UNIFIED RULES OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS". ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.

4^ Chiappetta, Mike (2011-04-29). "Dana White: Non-Title, Five-Round Fights in UFC's Immediate Future". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19.

5^ Botter, Jeremy (2009-08-19). "Five-round non title fights approved by NSAC". InsideFights.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19.

ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19.

MMAReferee.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19.

8^ PRIDE rules,
Official PRIDE site. Last retrieved December 5, 2006

MMAWeekly.com. Last retrieved December 5, 2006

10^ ""Shockwave" to Feature PRIDE- and Bushido-Rules Bouts".
Sherdog.com. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2006-12-31.

11^ Al Yu (2007-01-08). "PRIDE 2007: "The Year of Change and Challenge"". MMAWeekly.


1. Undercard matches consist of 2-3 five-minute rounds.
2. Title and Super Fight matches consist of 3-5 five-minute rounds.

All matches have a one-minute break between rounds

Matches Won By:

1. Knock out
2. Tap out
3. Referee stoppage 4. Corner throwing in the towel
5. Event doctor stoppage
6. Decision- based equally on striking, grappling, and aggression.

Fighters Uniforms:

1. Speedos or Vale Tudo shorts only. In some markets, rash guards and wrestling singlets are allowed.
2. Wrestling shoes or bare feet only. Wrestling shoes must be approved.
3. Neoprene joint supports only, no metal joint supports.
4. Finger and toe nails must be trimmed.
5. Absolutely no body grease, gels or lotions can be used.
6. Groin protection and a mouth piece must be used.
7. Fighters must wear padded grappling gloves that have been approved by the referee.


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