Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Regulations

MMA Regulations

Weight divisions

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Lightweight - over 145 lbs. to 155 lbs.

Welterweight - over 155 lbs. to 170 lbs.

Middleweight - over 170 lbs. to 185 lbs.

Light Heavyweight - over 185 lbs. to 205 lbs.

Heavyweight - over 205 lbs. to 265 lbs.

Rounds / time limits

All non-championship bouts shall be three rounds.

All championship bouts shall be five rounds.

Rounds will be five minutes in duration, with a one minute.

One-minute rest period will occur between each round.

Ring Information

Doctors and martial artists designed it to create an enclosure that would act as a neutral arena to showcase skills of many martial arts disciplines. The commission must approve the ring structure, canvas and all safety padding and fences.


Gloves, mouthpieces and groin protectors are mandatory MMA shorts, bike, boxing and kickboxing shorts or pants are the only trunks allowed. Only UFC and commission approved gloves, weighing between four and six ounces are allowed.

How to win the fight


Physical tap out

Verbal tap out

Technical knockout by the referee stopping the contest

Decision via the scorecards:

Unanimous decision

Split decision

Majority decision


Unanimous draw

Majority draw

Split draw

Technical decision:

Technical draw



No contest


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