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All fighters taking part in a Contenders Show must adhere to the fight rules, sell tickets for the show and be present and on time when required by the promotion.

Every fighter MUST attend the Contenders official weigh-ins and undergo a full fight medical prior to fighting.


Epic Studios
Magdalen Street
Norwich, NR3 1JD

Entrance for the weigh-in’s will be via the side door (staff entrance) on Edward Street.

Contenders Ltd. have the right to change and adapt the fight card and fighters where necessary and without warning.


All fighters will have details about locations and times of weigh ins. Any expectations on a fighter afterwards such as interviews with media partners will be detailed in the forms where possible. Photos and interviews at the weigh-ins should be expected.

11:30 – 12:00 Fighters must arrive at the venue, sign contract sort tickets/collect commission.

​12:00 – 12:45 Fighters can check weight.

13:00 – 13:30 Weigh-ins start

13:40 – 14:20 Fighter head-shot photos

All fighters have a 0.5kg allowance unless competing in a championship fight.


All Pro Fighters have until 15:00 that day to make the required weight. if the fighter is unable to make weight a penalty is implemented.

​-0.6kg over the limit – 25% purse

-1.2kg+ over the limit – 50% purse

All Amateur Fighters have until 17:00 to make weight or an agreed same day weight limit must be made between both fight parties and the promotion.


All fighters are expected to have signed and agreed to the assignment details form to ensure all bout information is correct, there is also contained in this form all of the locations and times for different parts of the production. Fighters will be expected to follow these requirements to ensure the smooth running of the show and fighters journey.


All clubs are allowed 1 coach and 1 corner man up to 2 fighters.

​Clubs with 3 or more fighters on the show are allowed 1 extra member of staff at the event.

Only 1 coach and 1 corner man permitted cage side per fight.


All fighters must ensure that their walkout music is a radio edit and given to the promotion no later than weigh-in day. The music can be sent via a FB message to the promotion before weigh-in day or brought to the studio at weigh-ins on a USB or CD. This event will be professionally filmed and streamed, if your music is not a radio edit, we can not guarantee that it will be played.


Event tickets will be issued to competitors once matched and the bout is agreed. All tickets monies must be back with Contenders 2 weeks ahead of the show and any unsold tickets returned. Fighters do have a set commission on tickets that will be included in the assignment details forms provided to each competitor.

All fighters are expected to sell a minimum number of tickets.

​We have various ticket types: Standing, Bronze, Silver and Gold VIP.

Tickets are sold either via the Contenders website, or directly via yourselves. Fighters will earn commission on tickets they have sold.

​Tickets sales will be monitored.

​Tickets will be available online right up until doors open. Tickets will also be available at the box office during the event for anyone wishing to buy their tickets later, but no commission will be applied to these tickets.


All commission earned by the fighter will be paid at weigh-ins the day before the main event.


ID required for this event.

  • All 8 -17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult who is 20+. And ID will be required.
  • Dress code is smart. No torn jeans, trainers, tracksuits. Trousers and a jacket for the guys and a dress or trousers for the ladies
  • There is amble parking at various car parks close to the venue.
  • No Food, Drink, Alcohol or Drugs to enter premises and will be confiscated by security.
  • Food, and Alcoholic and soft drinks will be available at this event.

Refund policy, Unfortunately, this is a nonrefundable event.

Make sure to bring your printed or Digital ticket as it is required for entry to this event.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is subject to high levels of sound, flashing lights and strobing. Contenders Events are filmed and recorded for future company use and production. We also have photographers on site taking pictures. If you wish to opt out please let a member of staff know.

If you require more information about this event, please contact or or call us on 07983 334 603.





“Mixed martial arts” means unarmed combat involving the use, subject to any applicable limitations set forth in these Unified Rules and other regulations of the applicable Commission, of a combination of techniques from different disciplines of the martial arts, including, without limitation, grappling, submission holds, kicking and striking.“Unarmed Combat” means any form of competition in which a blow is usually struck which may reasonably be expected to inflict injury.“Unarmed Combatant” means any person who engages in unarmed combat.“Commission” means the applicable athletic commission or regulatory body overseeing the bouts, exhibitions or competitions of mixed martial arts.


Except with the approval of the Commission, or its executive director, the classes for mixed martial arts contests or exhibitions and the weights for each class shall be:

Flyweight 125 pounds and under
Bantamweight Over 125 to 135 pounds
Featherweight Over 135 to 145 pounds
Lightweightover 145 to 155 pounds
Welterweightover 155 to 170 pounds
Middleweightover 170 to 185 pounds
Light Heavyweight Over 185 to 205 pounds
Heavyweight Over 205 to 265 pounds
Super Heavyweight Over 265 pounds

In non-championship fights, there shall be allowed a 1 pound weigh allowance. In championship fights, the participants must weigh no more than that permitted for the relevant weight division.

The Commission mayalso approve catch weight bouts, subject to their review and discretion. For example, the Commission may still decide to allow the contest the maximum weight allowed is 177 pounds if it feels that the contest would still be fair, safe and competitive.

In addition, if one athlete weighs 264 pounds while the opponent weighs 267 pounds, the Commission may still decide to allow the contest if it determines that the contest would still be
2fair, safe and competitive in spite of the fact that the two contestants technically weighed in differing weight classes.


A) Mixed martial arts contests and exhibitions may be held in a ring or in a fenced area.

B) A ring used for a contest or exhibition of mixedmartial arts must meet the following requirements:

(i) The ring must be no smaller than 20 feet square and no larger than 32 feet square within the ropes. One corner shall have a blue designation and the corner directly opposite must have a red designation.

(ii) The ring floor must extend at least 18 inches beyond the ropes. The ring floor must be padded with ensolite or similar closed-cell foam, with at least a 1-inch layer of foam padding. Padding must extend beyond the ring ropes and over the edge of the platform, with a top covering of canvas, duck or similar material tightly stretched and laced to the ring platform. Material that tends to gather in lumps or ridges must not be used.

(iii) The ring platform must not be more than 4feet above the floor of the building and must have suitable steps for the use of the unarmed combatants.

(iv) Ring posts must be made of metal, not more than 3 inches in diameter, extending from the floor of the building to a minimum height of 58 inches above the ring floor, and must be properly padded in a manner approved by the Commission. Ring posts must be at least 18 inches away from the ring ropes.

(v) There must be five ring ropes, not less than 1 inch in diameter and wrapped in softmaterial. The lowest ring rope must be 12 inches above the ring floor.

(vi) There must not be any obstruction or object, including, without limitation, a triangular border, on any part of the ring floor.

C) A fenced area used in a contestor exhibition of mixed martial arts must meet the following requirements:

(i) The fenced area must be circular or have at least six equal sides and must be no smaller than 20 feet wide and no larger than 32 feet wide.

(ii) The floor of the fenced area must be padded with ensolite or another similar closed-cell foam, with at least a 1-inch layer of foam padding, with a top covering of canvas, duck or similar material tightly stretched and laced to the platform of the fenced area. Material that tends to gather in lumps or ridges must not be used.

(iii) The platform of the fenced area must not be more than 4 feet above the floor of the building and must have suitable steps for the use of the unarmed combatants.

(iv) Fence posts must be made of metal, not more than 6 inches in diameter, extending from the floor of the building to a minimum height of 58 inches above the floor of the fenced area, and must be properly padded in a manner approved by the Commission.

(v) The fencing used to enclose the fenced area must be made of a material that will prevent an unarmed combatant from falling out of the fenced area or breaking through the fenced area onto the floor of the building or onto the spectators, including, without limitation, chain link fence coated with vinyl.

(vi) Any metal portion of the fenced area must be covered and padded in a manner approved by the Commission and must not be abrasive to the unarmed combatants.

(vii) The fenced area must have two entrances.

(viii) There must not be any obstruction on any part of the fence surrounding the area in which the unarmed combatants are to be competing.


A) A stool of a type approved by the Commission shall be available for each contestant.

B) An appropriate number of stools or chairs, of a type approved by the Commission, shall be available for each contestant’s seconds. Such stools or chairs shall be located near each contestant’s corner for use outside of the fighting area.

C) All stools and chairs used must be thoroughly cleaned or replaced after the conclusion of each bout.


For each bout, the promoter shall provide a clean water bucket, a clean plastic water bottle, and any other supplies as directed by the Commission, in each corner.


A) In all weight classes, the bandages on each contestant’s hand shall be restricted to soft gauze cloth of not more than 15 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.

B) 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.

C) The bandages shall be evenly distributed across the hand.

D) Bandages and tape shall be placed on the contestant’s hands in the dressing room in the presence of the Commission and in the presence of the manager or chief second of his or her opponent.

E) Under no circumstances are gloves to be placed on the hands of a contestant until the approval of the Commission is received.


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

B) The round cannot begin without the mouthpiece in place.

C) If the mouthpiece is involuntarily dislodged during competition, the referee shall calltime, clean the mouthpiece, and reinsert the mouthpiece at the first opportune moment without interfering with the immediate action.


A) Male mixed martial artists shall wear a groin protector of their own selection, of a typeapproved by the Commissioner.

B) Female mixed martial artists are prohibited from wearing groin protectors.

C) Female mixed martial artists shall wear a chest protector during competition. The chest protector shall be subject to approval of the Commissioner.


A) All contestants shall wear glove which are at least 4 ounces and are approved by the Commission. Generally, gloves should not weigh more than 6 ounces without the approval of the Commission. Certain larger sized gloves, e.g. 2 XL –4 XL, may be allowed even though they may slightly exceed 6 ounces.

B) Gloves should be supplied by the promoter and approved by the Commission. No contestant shall supply their own gloves for participation.


A) Each contestant shall wear mixed martial arts shorts (board shorts), biking shorts (vale tudo shorts), kick-boxing shorts or other shorts approved by the Commission.

B) Gi’s or shirts are prohibited during competition except that female contestant’s musts wear shirts approved by the Commission.

C) Shoes and any type of padding on the feet are prohibited during competition.


A) Each unarmed combatant must be clean and present a tidy appearance.

B) The excessive use of grease or any other foreign substance may not beused on the face or body of an unarmed combatant. The referees or the Commission shall cause any excessive grease or foreign substance to be removed.

C) The Commission shall determine whether head or facial hair presents any hazard to the safety of the unarmed combatant or his opponent or will interfere with the supervision and conduct of the contest or exhibition. If the head or facial hair of an unarmed combatant presents such a hazard or will interfere with the supervision and conduct of the contest or exhibition, the unarmed combatant may not compete in the contest or exhibition unless the circumstances creating the hazard or potential interference are corrected to the satisfaction of the Commission.

D) An unarmed combatant may not wear anyjewelry or other piercing accessories while competing in the contest or exhibition.


A) Each non-championship mixed martial arts contest is to be for 3 rounds, each round no more than 5 minutes duration, with a rest period of 1 minute between each round.

B) Each championship mixed martial arts contest is to be for 5 rounds, each round no more than 5 minutes duration, with a rest period of 1 minute between each round.


A) The referee is the sole arbiter of a contest and is the only individual authorized to stop a contest. The referee may take advice from the ringside physician and/or the Commission with respect to the decision to stop a contest.

B) The referee and the ringside physician are the only individuals authorized to enter the ring/fighting area at any time during competition other than the rest periods and subsequent to the contest ending.


A) All bouts will be evaluated and scored by 3 judges who shall evaluate the contest from different location around the ring/fighting area. The referee may not be one of the 3 judges.

B) 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 9 points or less must be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even round, which is scored (10-10).

C) Judges shall evaluate mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling, control of the ring/fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense.

D) Evaluations shall be made in the order in which the techniques appear in (c) above, giving the most weight in scoring to effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area and effective aggressiveness and defense.

E) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal strikes landed by a contestant.

F) 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.

G) 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.

H) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike.

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

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

i) a round is to be scored as a 10-10 round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows clear dominance in a round;

ii) a round is to be scored as a 10-9 round when a contestant wins by a close margin, landing the greater number of effective legal strikes, grappling and other maneuvers;

iii) a round is to be scored as a 10-8 round when a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

iv) a round is to be scored as a 10-7 round when a contestant totally dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

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

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

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

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

15) FOULS:

All events will have a rules talk that will give full details and the opportunity to ask questions of the officials.

1. Butting with the head: The head may not be used as a striking instrument in any fashion. Any use of the head as a striking instrument whether head to head, head to body or otherwise is illegal.

2. Eye gouging of any kind: Eye gouging by means of fingers, chin, or elbow is illegal. Legal strikes or punches that contact the fighter’s eye socket are not eye gouging and shall be considered legal attacks.

3. 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 bit during an exhibition of unarmed combat.

4. 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 directions while holding onto the skin of your opponent.

5. Hair pulling: Pulling of the hair in any fashion is an illegal action. A fighter may not grab a hold of his opponent’s hair to control their opponent in any way. If a fighter has long hair, they may not use their hair as a tool for holding or choking in any fashion

6. Spiking the opponent to the canvas onto the head or neck (pile-driving): A pile driver is considered to be any throw where you control your opponent’s body placing his feet towards the sky with his head straight down and then forcibly drive your opponents head into the canvas or flooring material. 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 opponent’s body. The fighter who is attempting the submission can either adjust their position, or let go of their hold before being slammed to the canvas.

7. Strikes to the spine or the back of the head. The spine includes the tailbone. The back of the head is defined as the area starting at the crown of the head and running directly down the centerline of the head with a one inch variance to each side. The entire rear portion of the neck is also illegal to attack starting at the occipital junction and stopping at the top of the trapezius. From the trapezius muscle down the spine is protected to the tailbone

8. Throat strikes of any kind and/or grabbing the trachea: No directed throat strikes are allowed. A directed attack would include a fighter pulling his opponents head in a way to open the neck area 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. If during stand up action of a fight a punch is thrown and the punch lands in the throat area of the fighter, this shall be viewed as a clean and legal blow.

9. ** Fingers outstretched toward an opponent’s face/eyes: 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 up in the air when reaching toward their opponent.

10. Downward pointing elbow strike (12 to 6): The use of a linear “straight up straight down” elbow strike is prohibited. Any variation of this straight up and down linear elbow strike makes the strike legal. Any arc, or any angle change from straight up to straight down makes the strike legal. Any variation of position does not alter the legality of the strike.

11. Groin attacks of any kind: Any attack to the groin area including, striking, grabbing, pinching or twisting is illegal. It should be clear that groin attacks are the same for men and women.

12. *Kneeing and/or Kicking the head of a grounded opponent: A grounded fighter is defined as: Any part of the body, other than a single hand and soles of the 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. A single knee, arm, makes the fighter grounded without having to have any other body part in touch with the fighting area floor. At this time, kicks or knees to the head will not be allowed

13. *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. *” A grounded fighter is defined as: Any part of the body, other than a single hand and soles of the 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. It needs to be clear to all fighters that once an opponent has become grounded, Stomps of any kind are not permitted, even to the feet.

14. Holding opponent’s gloves or shorts: 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 own gloves or shorts

15. Holding or grabbing the fence or ropes with fingers or toes: A fighter may put their hands or feet on the fence and push off of it at anytime. A fighter may place their hands or feet onto the cage and have their fingers or toes go through the fencing material at any time. When a fighter’s fingers or toes go through the cage and grab hold of the fence and start to control either 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 or under the ring ropes at any time. The fighter may not purposely step through the ropes. If a fighter is caught holding the fence, cage or ring rope material the referee shall issue a one-point deduction from the offending fighters scorecard if the foul caused a substantial effect in the fight. If a fighter grabs hold of the cage and because of the infraction, the fouling fighter ends up in a superior position due to the foul, the fighters should be re-started by the referee, standing in a neutral position after determining if a point deduction is appropriate

16. Small joint manipulation: Fighters must grab the majority of fingers or toes for use as defense or manipulation. Fingers and toes are small joints. Wrists, ankles, knees, shoulders and elbows are all large joints.

17. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or caged area: A fighter shall not throw their opponent out of the ring or cage.

18. Intentionally placing a 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, ears, mouth, or any body cavity

19. 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.

20. Timidity (avoiding contact, or consistently dropping the mouthpiece, or faking an injury: 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 or delay the action of the fight

21. Use of abusive language in the fighting area. The use of abusive language is not allowed during MMA competition. It is the sole responsibility of the referee to determine when language crosses over the line to abusive. It should be clear that fighters can talk during a match. The mere use of auditory language is not a violation of this rule. Examples of abusive language would be (Racially motivated or Derogatory language)

22. Flagrant disregard of the referee’s instructions: A fighter MUST follow the instructions of the referee at all times. Any deviation or noncompliance may result in points being deducted from the fighter’s scorecard, or the fighter being disqualified from the match.

23. Unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to opponent. Every athlete competing in the sport of MMA is expected to represent the sport in a positive light emphasizing sportsmanship and humility. Any athlete that disrespects the rules of the sport or attempts to inflict unnecessary harm on a competitor who has been either taken out of the competition by the referee or has tapped out of the competition shall be viewed as being unsportsmanlike.

24. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat. The end of a round is signified by the sound of the bell and the call of time by the referee. Once the referee has made the call of time, any offensive actions initiated by the fighter shall be considered after the bell and illegal

25. 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

26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee. Once the referee has called for a stop of the action to protect a fighter who has been incapacitated or is unable to continue to compete in the fight, fighters shall cease all offensive actions against their opponent.

27. Interference from a mixed martial artist’s corner or seconds: 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 in any fashion.


The match can be decided in the following ways:

Points Decision : Three or Five judges will evaluate the relative effectiveness of each fighter’s performance using a “10-Point-Must” system and record their scores for the fighters after each round. After the completion of the scheduled rounds the scores are tallied and the victory is awarded by the majority decision of the judging panel.

Knockout : If a contestant is struck in such a way that he or she is incapable of resuming the fight within the referee’s ten-count or if the referee declares a knockout before the count of 10 in order to bring in immediate medical assistance.

Technical Knockout : If a contestant shows no will to resume the fight or if the referee is of the opinion that the contestant is incapable of resuming the fight or has failed to intelligently defend themself.

Technical Knockout : If in a single-bout-match or a tournament final match a contestant has been knocked down three times in one and the same round or four times in one and the same bout. If in a tournament match including the reserve bouts a fighter has been knocked down twice in one and the same round or three times in one and the same bout.

Technical knockout : If a contestant is no longer capable of taking part in the fight owing to an injury not caused by a prohibited technique.

Technical knockout : If the contestant does not leave his corner to take part in the fight following the sounding of the bell.

Technical knockout : If the referee is of the opinion that a contestant is totally outclassed or is physically far less fit.

Technical knockout : If the doctor ascertains that a contestant has sustained an injury or damage, not caused by a prohibited technique, of such a serious nature that it is no longer safe for the contestant to resume the fight (Doctor’s stoppage).

Technical knockout : If a contestant or his coach/corner man gives up the fight. The contestant or his coach/corner man will indicate this to the referee or the regulatory representative assigned to his corner (The corner “throws in the towel”).

Disqualification : If the opponent is disqualified for reasons warranting disqualification.

Disqualification results if:

  • A fighter deliberately uses a prohibited technique and the referee disqualifies him for that reason.
  • A fighter uses a prohibited technique for which the referee disqualifies him.
  • If a corner man enters the ring during the fight or touches one of the fighters during the fight.

Legal Strikes

Legitimate techniques for scoring

Punches – striking with the padded part of the glove to a legal target: i.e. straight punches, hooks, uppercuts, spinning back-fist (only if executed with the padded, back of the glove);

Kicks – striking with the foot or lower leg to a legal target: i.e. front kicks, low kicks inside and outside the leg, middle kicks, high kicks, sidekicks, back kicks, ax kicks, spinning kicks, jumping kicks;

Knees – striking with the knee to a legal target: i.e. front knee, round-house knee, jumping knee, knee on the leg inside and outside.

Prohibited techniques or conduct

  • Head butts, or coming in too low with one’s head
  • All techniques targeting the back of the head or back or the torso
  • Techniques targeting the groin;
  • Linear or thrusting kicks directed at knee (i.e. front kick, side kick, back kick)
  • Biting
  • Elbow strikes; Striking with any part of the arm or wrist above the padded portion of the glove
  • Hitting or punching with open gloves or the palm side of the glove or jabbing an opponent’s eye with the thumb of the glove
  • Wrestling or judo techniques, strangulation techniques or submissions;
  • Throws, leg sweeps, foot sweeps or pushing of any kind as an effort to off-balance or down an opponent; any attempt to off-balance or down an opponent with anything other than a legal strike may be considered a foul.
  • Grabbing, or holding for any reason other than to immediately attack with a knee strike (or strikes) is a foul; this includes holding to rest, or grabbing an opponent in order to stop them from striking.
  • A fighter may clinch in order to immediately attack with a legal knee strike (or strikes). If the knee attack and/or counter attack by the opponent is continuous and productive the referee may allow it to continue for in his estimation up to five seconds; otherwise the fighters should disengage the clinch and continue to fight. If a fighter clinches and fails to immediately attack with a legal knee strike or completes the knee attack and does not release the clinch this may be considered “holding” which is a foul and will result in a caution, warning or penalization.
  • Holding on to an opponent’s leg without striking; a fighter may grab an opponent’s leg in order to immediately execute a single legal strike that may be accompanied by a single step in any direction. The leg must be released immediately after that single legal strike.
  • Pulling an opponent towards one with both arms in the lower back
  • Pushing or pushing off an opponent without following up with a strike or strikes
  • Continuing to fight if someone has any other part of his body other than his feet on the ground
  • Techniques used following the command “Break” or “Stop” by the referee
  • Techniques used if the opponent is outside the ring or tied up in the ropes
  • Throwing or pushing an opponent backwards over the ropes
  • Holding on to the ring ropes for any reason; including as an asset for offense or defense or locking in an opponent.
  • Actions/moves that are used to evade or hold off the fight; this includes but is not limited to continuously pulling up the front leg or stretching out the front arm without carrying out a particular technique
  • Passivity; this includes but is not limited to fighting only when the opponent attacks.
  • Continuously allowing oneself to fall to the ground
  • Deliberately falling on the opponent in any way
  • Deliberately evading or deliberately halting the fight
  • Voluntarily leaving the ring during the match;
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct including but not limited to spitting, cursing, talking, making rude sounds or obscene gestures
  • Insulting the referee, officials, opponent or his team
  • Deliberately ignoring the referee’s commands;
  • Undisciplined conduct of any kind
  • Unnecessarily causing danger to oneself or an opponent
  • Simulating being hit too low
  • Deliberately spitting out the mouth guard


The minimum age for competitors at Amateur level is 16 years

Amateur fights duration = 3 x 3 minutes

Amateur title fights duration = 5 x 3 minutes

8oz gloves to be worn

No shin guards to be worn (use of shin guards may be permitted for specific UKMMAF tournaments)

Hammer fists permitted

Neck cranks NOT permitted

Toe holds NOT permitted

Twisters NOT permitted

Sit through Crucifix is NOT permitted


To apply for media passes please contact with details of your publication or organisation and which fighters you are interested in talking to.

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