WIMAAO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS RULES


Weight Divisions

(a) Mixed martial artists shall be divided into the following classes:

1.Flyweight -57 kilo
2.Bantamweight -62 kilo
3.Featherweight -66 kilo
4.Lightweight -71 kilo
5.Welterweight -78 kilo
6.Middleweight -84 kilo
7.Light Heavyweight -93 kilo
8.Heavyweight -120 kilo
9.Super Heavyweight 120+

Fighting Arena

The fighting area canvas shall be no smaller than 18 feet by 18 feet and no larger
than 32 feet by 32 feet. The fighting area canvas shall be padded in a manner as
approved by the WIMAAO, with at least one inch layer of foam padding. Padding
shall extend beyond the fighting area and over the edge of the platform. No vinyl
or other plastic rubberized covering shall be permitted.

The fighting area canvas shall not be more than four feet above the floor of the
building and shall have suitable steps or ramp for use by the participants. Posts
shall be made of metal not more than six inches in diameter, extending from the
floor of the building to a minimum height of 58 inches above the fighting area
canvas and shall be properly padded in a manner approved by WIMAAO.

The fighting area canvas area shall be enclosed by a fence made of such material as
will not allow a fighter to fall out or break through it onto the floor or spectators,
including, but not limited to, vinyl coated chain link fencing. All metal parts shall be
covered and padded in a manner approved by WIMAAO and shall not be abrasive
to the contestants.The fence shall provide two separate entries onto the fighting area canvas.

Seating

a ring stool of a type approved by the WIMAAO shall be available for each
contestant.

An appropriate number of stools or chairs, of a type approved by the
Commissioner, shall be available for each contestant’s seconds. Such stools or
chairs shall be located near each contestant’s corner.
All stools and chairs used must be thoroughly cleaned or replaced after the
conclusion of each bout.

Equipment

For each bout, the promoter shall provide a clean water bucket and a clean plastic
water bottle in each corner.

Specifications for bandages on mixed martial artist’s hands
In all weight classes, the bandages on each contestant’s hand shall be restricted to
soft gauze cloth not more than 13 yards in length and two inches in width, held in
place by not more than 10 feet of surgeon’s tape, one inch in width, for each hand.
Surgeon’s adhesive tape shall be placed directly on each hand for protection near
the wrist. The tape may cross the back of the hand twice and extend to cover and
protect the knuckles when 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 contestant’s hands in the dressing room
in the presence of the inspector and in 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.

Mouth pieces

All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition. The
mouthpiece shall be subject to examination and approval by the attending
physician.

The round cannot begin without the mouthpiece in place.
If the mouthpiece is involuntarily dislodged during competition, the referee shall
call time, clean the mouthpiece and reinsert the mouthpiece at the first opportune
moment, without interfering with the immediate action.

Protective equipment

Male mixed martial artists shall wear a groin protector of their own selection, of a
type approved by WIMAAO.

Female mixed martial artists are prohibited from wearing groin protectors.

Female mixed martial artists shall wear a chest protector during competition. The
chest protector shall be subject to approval of WIMAAO.

Gloves

The gloves shall be new for all main events and in good condition or they must be
replaced.

All contestants shall wear four, five or six ounce gloves, supplied by the promoter
and approved by the commission. No contestant shall supply their own gloves for
participation.

Apparel

Each contestant shall wear mixed martial arts shorts, biking shorts, or kick-boxing
shorts.

Shoes are prohibited during competition.

Appearance

All contestants shall be cleanly shaven immediately prior to competition..

Hair shall be trimmed or tied back in such a manner as not to interfere with the
vision of either contestant or cover any part of a contestant’s face.

Jewellery or piercing accessories are prohibited during competition.

Round length

Each non-championship mixed martial arts contest shall be three rounds, of five
minutes duration, with a one minute rest period between each round.

Each championship mixed martial arts contest shall be five rounds, of five minutes
duration, with a one minute rest period between each round.

Stopping a contest

The referee and ringside physician are the sole arbiters of a bout and are the only
individuals authorized to enter the fighting area at any time during competition
and authorized to stop a contest.

Judging

All bouts will be evaluated and scored by three judges.

The 10 Point Must System will be the standard system of scoring a bout. Under the
10-Point Must Scoring System, 10 points must be awarded to the winner of the
round and nine points or less must be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even
round, which is scored (10-10).

Judges shall evaluate mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking,
effective grappling, control of the fighting area, effective aggressiveness and
defence technique.

Evaluations shall be made in the order in which the techniques appear in above,
giving the most weight in scoring to effective striking, effective grappling, control
of the fighting area and effective aggressiveness and defense.
Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes
landed by a contestant.

Effective grappling is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of
a legal takedown and reversals. Examples of factors to consider are take downs
from standing position to mount position, passing the guard to mount position,
and bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard.

Fighting area control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location
and position of the bout. Examples of factors to consider are countering a
grappler’s attempt at takedown by remaining standing and legally striking; taking
down an opponent to force a ground fight; creating threatening submission
attempts, passing the guard to achieve mount, and creating striking opportunities.

Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike.

Effective defense means avoiding being struck, taken down or reversed while
countering with offensive attacks.

The following objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring
a round;

10-10 Round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither
contestant shows clear dominance in a round;

10-9 Round when a contestant wins by a close margin, landing the greater number
of effective legal strikes, grappling and other manoeuvres; 10-9 is the maximum
score allowed per round with the rare exception of a minus point deduction for a
fouling fighter.

Judges shall use a sliding scale and recognize the length of time the fighters are
either standing or on the ground, as follows:

If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round on the canvas, then:
Effective grappling is weighed first; and
Effective striking is then weighed

If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round standing, then:
Effective striking is weighed first; and
Effective grappling is then weighed

If a round ends with a relatively even amount of standing and canvas fighting,
striking and grappling are weighed equally.

Warnings

The referee shall issue a single warning for the following infractions. After the initial
warning, if the prohibited conduct persists, a penalty will be issued. The penalty
may result in a deduction of points or disqualification.
1. Holding or grabbing the fence;
2. Holding opponent’s shorts or gloves; or
3. The presence of more than one second on the fighting area perimeter.

Fouls

The following are fouls and will result in penalties if committed:
1. Butting with the head;
2. Eye gouging of any kind;
3. Biting or spitting at an opponent;
4. Hair pulling;
5. Fish hooking;
6. Groin attacks of any kind;
7. Intentionally placing a finger in any opponent’s orifice;
8. Downward pointing of elbow strikes;
9. Small joint manipulation;
10. Strikes to the spine or back of the head;
11. Heel kicks to the kidney;
12. Throat strikes of any kind;
13. Clawing, pinching, twisting the flesh or grabbing the clavicle;
14. Kicking the head of a grounded fighter;
15. Kneeing the head of a grounded fighter;
16. Stomping of a grounded fighter;
17. The use of abusive language in fighting area;
18. Any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to opponent;
19. Attacking an opponent on or during the break;
20. Attacking an opponent who is under the referee’s care at the time;
21. Timidity (avoiding contact, or consistent dropping of mouthpiece, or faking an
injury);
22. Interference from a mixed martial artists seconds;
23. Throwing an opponent out of the fighting area;
24. Flagrant disregard of the referee’s instructions;
25. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his or her head or neck.

Disqualification occurs after any combination of three or the fouls listed in the
above or after a referee determine that a foul was intentional and flagrant.

Fouls will result in a point being deducted by the official scorekeeper from the
offending mixed martial artist’s score.

Only a referee can assess a foul. If the referee does not call the foul, judges shall not
make that assessment on their own and cannot factor such into their scoring
calculations.

A fouled fighter has up to five minutes to recuperate.

If a foul is committed, the referee shall:

1. call time;

2. check the fouled mixed martial artist’s condition and safety; and

3. Assess the foul to the offending contestant, deduct points, and notify each
corner’s seconds, judges and the official scorekeeper.

If a bottom contestant commits a foul, unless the top contestant is injured, the fight
shall continue, so as not to jeopardize the top contestant’s superior positioning at
the time.

The referee shall verbally notify the bottom contestant of the foul.

When the round is over, the referee shall assess the foul and notify both corners’
seconds, the judges and the official scorekeeper.

The referee may terminate a bout based on the severity of a foul. For such a
flagrant foul, a contestant shall lose by disqualification.

Injuries sustained during competition

If an injury sustained during competition as a result of a legal manoeuvre is severe
enough to terminate a bout, the injured contestant 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 contestant 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 shall notify the scorekeeper to
automatically deduct two points from the contestant who committed the foul.

If an injury sustained during competition as a result of intentional foul causes the
injured contestant to be unable to continue at a subsequent point in the contest,
the injured contestant shall win by technical decision, if he or she is ahead on the
score cards. If the injured contestant is even or behind on the score cards at the
time of stoppage, the outcome of the bout shall be declared a technical draw.

If a contestant injures himself or herself while attempting to foul his or her
opponent, the referee shall not take any action in his or her favour, and the injury
shall 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 shall result in a no
contest if stopped before two rounds have been completed in a three round bout
or if stopped before three rounds have been completed in a five 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 shall result in a
technical decision awarded to the contestant 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, or three rounds of a five round bout have been completed.

There will be no scoring of an incomplete round. However, if the referee penalizes
either contestant, then the appropriate points shall be deducted when the
scorekeeper calculates the final score.

Bout Decisions

The following are the types of bout results:

1. Submission by:
Tap Out: When a contestant physically uses his hand to indicate that he or she no
longer wishes to continue; or
Verbal tap out: When a contestant verbally announces to the referee that he or she
does not wish to continue;

Technical knockout by:
Referee stops bout;
Ringside physician stops bout; or
When an injury as a result of a legal manoeuvre 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; or
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 decision -
When two judges score the bout a draw; or
Split decision - When all three judges score differently and the score total results in
a draw;
Disqualification decision: 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 contestant to be unable to continue and the injured contestant
is even or behind on the score cards at the time of stoppage;

Technical Decision: When the bout is prematurely stopped due to injury and a
contestant is leading on the score cards; and

No Contest: When a contest 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.

Health and safety rules

The referee must wear plastic/surgical gloves that must be changed after a bout in
which blood has occurred. The referee may only wear contact lenses, no glasses of
any kind will be permissible in Ring Sports. The referee will always be present at
pre-fight meetings and announce his rulings to all fighters and fight teams.

A Contestant who does not resume the fight after the break or after a KO loses the
fight.

Knock Outs and Knock Downs

If a fighter gets injury in a fight the doctor are the only people that can evaluate the
situation.

If a Contestant remains unconscious, only the referee and the doctor in charge will
be allowed to stay in the ring.

A Contestant who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if
the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him
continuing, will be examined by a doctor immediately afterwards, and
accompanied to hospital by the ambulance.

A Contestant who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if
the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him
continuing, If a fighter losses by TKO or knockout from a blow to the head, WIMAAO
will suspend him/her from competition for a 45 day period (MINIMUM) for safety
reasons. Result by KO will include a 90 day suspension (MINIMUM).

To above mentioned no fighting periods the doctor at place can extend the periods
if necessary.

Also doctors at hospital due to tests/scan of head can extend the above mentioned
periods.

No fighting period means that a Contestant can not take part in competition in any
contact competition no matter what the disciplines are, without any exception.

The referee will tell the Judges to mark KO or Injury on their score sheets, when he
or referee has stopped the bout due to the Contestant's inability to resume the
fight because of head blows. The same has to be reported by the Chief referee on
duty in that ring on the fighter's WIMAAO SPORT PASS.

This is also the official result of the fight and it can not be over ruled.
Before resuming after a KO or Injury, as described in the above points, a Contestant
will, after a special medical examination, have to be declared fit to take part in
competition by a sports doctor by medical certificate that declares athlete’s MMA
competition fitness.

When registered a KO or injury.

In case of injuries besides KO the doctor can give a minimum of quarantine period
and recommend treatment at hospital.

After KO or Injury the doctor can require immediately treatment at hospital

If a Contestant or delegates from Contestants nation denies doctors medical advice,
the doctor report in written form immediately to chief referee or to a WIMAAO
delegate that all medical responsibility are denied and are in the hands of the
Contestant and his team. However the official result and no fighting period given
are valid.

BEHAVIOUR

Before and after a bout, the Contestants will shake hands as sign of pure
sportsmanship and friendly rivalry, according to MMA sport regulations. Hand
shaking takes place before starting the first round and after the decision.

DRUG

Any drug or chemical substance ingested by a Contestant, which is not included in
the Contestant's normal diet, is forbidden. Any Contestant or official violating this
code will be disqualified and suspended by WIMAAO Any Contestant refusing to
submit to a medical examination or doping test, after a fight, in order to verify that
he has not taken doping substances, will be disqualified and suspended. The use of
local anaesthetics is allowed, if agreed by a doctor from the Medical Committee.

MEDICALLY FIT

A fighter will be allowed to fight in an International competition only after having
been declared fit for it by a sports doctor, recognized officially in his country. Then
all Contestants fighting abroad will need to have a certificate established by a
medical doctor, certifying that the athlete, before leaving his country, was in good
physical condition and had no injuries, infections or medical problems that could
affect his ability to fight in the visiting country. This certificate will be attached to
the WIMAAO passport of the Contestant, according to the practice of his
association and presented during the medical the examination which will precede
weigh-in.

Hard contact lenses are forbidden. A Contestant will not be allowed to take part in a
match if he has bandage on a wound, a cut, an injury, an ulceration, a laceration or
blood flowing on the head or face, nose and ears included. This decision will be
made by the doctor who examines the Contestant on the day of the competition.

MD MEDICAL DOCTOR

A recognized sports doctor must be present throughout the competition and must
not leave his place before the end of the last bout or before seeing the Contestants
who have taken part in it. In a tournament there must be present 2 ambulance
crews with complete paramedic’s staff.
 
 

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