Amateur MMA Rules

Amatuer MMA fighters rules:

Weight categories:
Adult Men (Open)

Adult Ladies (Open)


1: Referee  will first check fighters safety equipments with all  jewellries must be removed.

2: After inspection, Fighter will go back to his/her corner to wait for the referee to say “Fight”.

3: Fighters must follow Referee’s commands at all times, Stop/Break etc..

4: The contestants may resume their match once referee says “Fight”

5: If both or one fighter leaves the fighting area, the referee will announce “Break or Stop” and instruct  both fighters to resume their fighting positions – then continue the fight upon referee’s instructions

6: Any violating the rules, or intending to execute a prohibited actions, he/she must stop immediately when referee gives signal  and issue a warning to the fighter

7: Each fighter may have one coach at their corner during the fight

8: Fighters may request referee to stop the fight  in order  to adjust his/her safety equipment.

9:  The referee is under no obligation to do so should he/she feels that it will in anyway disadvantage the other fighter.

10: Any Match Delaying/Refusing to fight  can get points deducted, a warning or disqualified would also be giving if he/she use “Time out” to catch breath or to get instructions from their coach  during fight.


Groin guard and gum shield are compulsory
Shorts [must not have pockets/ zips]
Bare top, rash guard or T shirt.
Hand wraps are permitted using crepe bandaging and tape only, CANVASS WRAPS
Excessive hand wrapping is not permitted especially across knuckles.
MMA SPARRING Gloves supplied by the fighter of a recognised MMA brand.

Shin /instep pads
Oils of any kind must not be applied to any part of the body with the
exception of the face [limited application]
All attire will be subject to inspection


All bouts to be contested over 1 x 4 minute round for adults and 1 x 3 minutes for children’s sections.

Fighters will be matched according to entries, and nearest weight match in their respective weight category


1. Tap out, verbal / physical
2. Referee stoppage (note if GnP to chest is unanswered, referee may stop fight)
3. Corner stoppage

If there is no clear winner at the end of the bout; the bout will be a draw, even if one fighter is more dominant in the stand up or ground.


All takedowns
All Submissions.
All punches and kicks to all areas of the body on a standing opponent (NO Head shots)

Kicks to inside and outside of thigh on stand up.

Punches to the body of a grounded opponent (NO head shots)


In amateur fights Head shots are not allowed either standing or on the floor

Striking to the head of a downed opponent
No use of Knees at any time
No use of the elbow at any time
Heel hooks
Neck cranks, crucifix and spine locks
Head butts
Eye gouging of any kind
Hair pulling
Groin attacks of any kind
Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration of opponent
Small joint manipulation. Control of a minimum of 4 digits is required
Striking to the spine or the back of the head
Striking with an open hand
Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the
Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
Grabbing the clavicle
Stomping a downed opponent
Kicking to the kidney with the heel
Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck
Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
Attacking an opponent on or during the break
Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee


Un-sportsman like conduct
Using abusive language on the mat.
Stepping off the area.
Disregarding the instructions of the referee
Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent.
Intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
Interference by the corner men


A fighter is considered grounded if any part of their body, other than their
feet comes into contact with the mat
In the event of a lack of action, the referee may stand grounded fighters
The referee can stop the fight at any point
The referee’s decision is final
Any competitor for disobeying the rules will be warned or disqualified by
the referee

If a fighter is mounted and his opponent is punching down to his chest (GnP) and this is unanswered the referee may stop the fight.


Each competitor is duty-bound to have their own insurance, which covers them for any losses which arise from competing in any amateur Fight. 

By signing the disclaimer each competitor is fully aware of the risk of competing.

Each competitor must bring to the attention to any official why he/she must not take

part. And understand that competitions are involve contact, and injuries occur resulting in personal injury