KTMMA RULES IN BRIEF:
1 | 2 x 5 minute rounds 1.5 minute rest (glove changeover)
2 | Round One is modified KTMMA Kick-Thai Boxing (Velcro 10oz Boxing Gloves)
3 | Round Two is modified KTMMA Global Style MMA (Velcro 4oz MMA Gloves) and wrapping materials will be provided by KTMMA and must be applied by the fighters team according to the standard Global Style MMA criteria (i.e. no building up knuckle area) and they must also fit the 4oz MMA gloves without need for modification, this is a strict rule. All hand wraps must be signed off by the KTMMA official’s team.
4 | KTMMA Fighter Attire: Normal Shorts or Trunks, no footwear allowed.
5 | Fighter’s gloves will be changed by the fighter’s corner team during the 1.5 minute rest period. (This must be practiced and drilled by the corner team)
6 | Each Fighter’s team can consist of up to 3 members in total and must remain seated at all times during the fighting phase of the match.
7 | The match will be in a modified KTMMA Ring
8 | 2 x Referee’s 3 x Judges 1 x Timekeeper 2 x Glove Inspectors
8 | Round One: All normal boxing techniques and elbows (except 12 to 6 elbows), all normal kicks. Limited clinch rule (One hand = multiple strikes, two hands = single strike)
9 | Leg catches and sweeps are legal but no throws above the hips.
10 | Round Two: All normal Global Style MMA techniques including elbows (except 12 to 6 elbows); time on ground is ended if the referee deems that the fighters are not progressing.
*Knees to the head of a grounded opponent are permitted.
*Fighters may kick each other on the ground if both fighters are grounded. (Grounded is any thing other than the soles of the feet touching the ground).
11 | No soccer kicks or head stomps to a grounded opponent.
12 | If the fighters edge out under the ropes then the fighters will be asked to ‘Freeze’ by the referee and will be placed in the exact same position in the centre of the ring.
13 | Match is won by KO, TKO, Submission or judge’s decision. If the match ends in Round one, the match will not go on to the MMA phase of round two.
14 | The scoring criteria are based on a 10 must system for both rounds using Effective Striking, Take-downs, Grappling, Submissions and Ring Control. Both rounds are scored as one round.
KT-MMA PROFESSIONAL RULES
OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR KT-MMA COMPETITION
KT-MMA is ONE (1) round of Modified Kick-Thai Boxing and round TWO (2) of Global Style MMA.
SECTION I: THE RING
1. THE FIGHTING AREA
The fighting area shall be no smaller than 18′ by 18′. The fighting area floor shall be padded in a manner as approved by the KTMMA. The KTMMA Commission recommends a minimum of 1/2″, maximum of 1″ layer of closed cell foam. A standard boxing type rope ring is allowed for amateur and non-title professional contests only. If a standard boxing type roped ring is used, there will be five ring ropes; the ring floor shall extend beyond the ropes not less than 18″. Padding must extend over the edge of the platform. The fighting area must have a canvas covering. No vinyl or other plastic rubberized covering will be permitted. If fencing is used then all metal parts must be covered and padded in a manner approved by the KTMMA.
2. HEIGHT OF RING
The ring platform shall be at least 30″ above the floor of the building and shall be provided with suitable steps or ramp for use by the fighters. Ring-side tables must be no higher than ring platform level.
The promoter of the event will be responsible for ensuring acceptable sanitary standards are met, with respect to dressing rooms, showers, water bottles, towels or other equipment. Physicians and KTMMA Representatives are to make a particular examination at every event for violations of these rules. The ring must be swept, dry-mopped, or otherwise adequately cleaned before the event and prior to the fights.
SECTION II: FIGHTERS’ ELIGIBILITY
1. PRE-CONDITIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL STATUS
All fighters seeking professional status must get written approval from their KTMMA Regional Director. Requirements for approval will include an accurate, current listing of all of the fighter’s bouts, including event dates, places, weight class, opponents, and results.
All fighters will be accepted by invitation only, after demonstrating an extreme proficiency in their fighting style.
2. FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
KTMMA licensing is mandatory for all fighters and promoters via the ISKA.
All fighters must sign a KTMMA approved contract for each bout, with the promoter of the event.
3. SUSPENDED FIGHTERS
Any fighter who is currently under suspension by the KTMMA will not be permitted to participate in any KTMMA event for the duration of the suspension.
SECTION III: PRE-FIGHT REGULATIONS
1. EXAMINATION OF FIGHTERS
Any fighter applying for eligibility to compete in a KTMMA event must be insured and examined by a physician certified by the KTMMA, to establish both physical and mental fitness for competition. This examination must include a complete physical, neurological and drug screening and must be taken at such time as directed by the KTMMA.
2. WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION
Male fighters will compete in nine weight classes:
Flyweight (124.9 lbs and less)
Featherweight (125 lbs – 134.9 lbs)
Bantamweight (135 lbs – 144.9 lbs)
Lightweight (145 lbs – 154.9 lbs)
Welterweight (155 lbs – 169.9 lbs)
Middleweight (170 lbs – 184.9 lbs)
Light-Heavyweight (185 lbs.-204.9 lbs)
Heavyweight (205 lbs – 264.9 lbs)
Super Heavyweight (265 lbs and up)
Female fighters will compete in five weight classes:
Lightweight (124.9 lbs and less)
Middleweight (125 lbs – 134.9 lbs)
Light-Heavyweight (135 lbs – 149.9 lbs)
Heavyweight (150 lbs – 174.9 lbs)
Super Heavyweight (175 lbs and up).
Mens Conversions | Upper limit in lbs | Equivalent in kg
No upper weight limit
3. WEIGHT TIME
Fighters will be weighed on or before the day of the match, at a time to be determined by the KTMMA, on scales approved by the KTMMA. All weights stripped.
4. MAKING WEIGHT – TITLE BOUTS
In title bouts if a fighter cannot make weight at the prescribed time, he will be allowed to weigh a second time, two hours later, at a place designated by the KTMMA Representative. If the fighter fails to make weight at this second weigh-in, and these weigh-ins occur the day before the bout, he may weigh again, no sooner than eight hours before the start time of the event on the day of the bout; that is, should the fighter fail to make weight at the original time, and fails to make weight two hours later, he may weigh again no sooner than noontime the next day, if the event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm.
If the official weigh-in is scheduled the day of the bout, the fighter not making weight will be weighed again two hours later. If he still does not make weight, then he may attempt a final weight-in two hours before the start of the event. In other words, if the fighter cannot make weight at the originally scheduled time, and cannot make weight two hours later, he will not be weighed again until two hours before the start time of the event. In this case, if the event is to start at 8:00 pm, his final official weigh-in should be at 6:00 pm.
If a fighter cannot make weight at the final “official” weigh-in and that fighter is the champion, the title will be declared vacant and the bout will ensue. Should the challenger win the bout, he will become champion. In the event the former champion wins the bout the title will be declared vacant, and a run off for the title will be established, according to the rules of the. If the fighter who cannot make weight is the challenger, the bout will proceed as scheduled; however, should the challenger win the bout, the title will be declared vacant, and a run off will be established, according to the rules of the KTMMA. In either case, the fighter who cannot make weight will also be subject to the purse penalties as specified in his contract and by the KTMMA.
Any exception to these rules regarding weight-making in title bouts requires the approval of the KTMMA Commissioner.
5. MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE WEIGHT LOSS
The maximum amount of weight a fighter will be allowed to lose, during any period of time within 32 hours before the start time of the event, is 4% of that fighter’s weight at his initial weigh-in. For example, if a fighter weighs-in at 175 lbs., at noontime the day before the event, but is overweight according to his contract, the KTMMA Representative will calculate his maximum allowable weight loss as 4% of 175 lbs., or 7 lbs. (175 * .04 = 7), and that 7 lbs., will be the maximum that fighter will be allowed to lose before the start time of the event.
If the maximum allowable weight loss fails to bring a fighter within the permissible weight spread, that fighter will be declared ineligible to compete in his scheduled bout, and will be subject to the penalties as described in Rule 11 below.
6. MINIMUM AGE OF FIGHTERS
No fighter shall participate in a KTMMA event, if he is less than 18 years of age, unless permitted by both the fighter’s country of origin, the jurisdiction where the match takes place and the KTMMA Commissioner.
All fighters seeking eligibility to compete in a KTMMA event must provide proof of age, such as a notarized copy of their birth certificate or their passport.
7. ADVANCE APPEARANCE OF MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
In title bouts, both the champion and the challenger will be present in the event locale according to the date stated in their KTMMA Title Contract. This date will be no less than 3 days before the event, unless, with KTMMA approval, the fighter and promoter agree otherwise. All fighters participating in title bouts, and the promoter of these bouts, will enter an agreement using the KTMMA Title Contract, as directed by the KTMMA. Terms of the contract may be modified with KTMMA approval, but no rematch clauses, agreements between the promoter and the fighter regarding officials, or clauses that interfere beyond established guidelines, with a fighter’s availability to other promoters, will be allowed.
Breach of this contract by either party may lead to fines or suspension levied by the KTMMA Commissioner, in addition to any legal remedies.
8. APPEARANCE BONDS AND FORFEITS
All fighters may be required to post appearance bonds with a promoter for whom they are to appear. In the event the fighter fails to appear, this bond is to be forfeited and divided 50% to the promoter and 50% to the fighter’s opponent for training expenses. The amount of the forfeit money must be specified in the fighter’s contract.
Appearance bonds will not exceed 50% of the purse.
N.B. Fighters bonds will be required only with the express permission of the KTMMA Commissioner.
9. FIGHTERS MUST REPORT
All fighters, or representative second, must attend the pre-fight meeting held by the KTMMA Representative. This meeting will typically be following the weigh-in, or during the afternoon before the event. In addition, fighters will be required to report for physicals, and to their dressing rooms, at the time specified by the KYMMA Representative. Failure to do so will result in fines as per the KTMMA fine schedule, and possibly result in the fighter being dropped from the event. All fines will be retained by the KTMMA.
All fighters, once they report to the KTMMA Representative or the Athletic Inspector in charge of dressing rooms immediately prior to the start of an event, are not to leave the facility, and are subject to urinalysis and fines, if they do not remain in approved areas.
10. FIGHTERS’ APPEARANCE
All fighters must be clean and present a tidy appearance. The excessive use of grease or any foreign substance is not permitted. The Referee, or the KTMMA Representative, shall insist upon removal of any such excessive grease or foreign substance. Non compliance by the contestant shall be sufficient cause for disciplinary action, such as purse deduction, or disqualification.
11. FIGHTERS DISQUALIFIED OR DECLARED INELIGIBLE
Fighters who are declared ineligible for their bouts due to excessive weight, misrepresented age, physical incapacity’s pre-known to the fighter, or other willful violation of KTMMA regulations, will be subject to fines and suspension by the KTMMA Commissioner. Unless otherwise specified in the fighter’s contract, the promoter will have no obligation to the ineligible fighters, and may demand reimbursement from the fighter for any expenses or purse pre-paid by the promoter. The promoter will, however, be obligated to pay the expenses of the opposing fighter who presents himself properly, plus any cancellation settlements if provided for in that fighters contract.
Fighters who are disqualified during their bout for willful gross rule violations, or unprofessional performance, or who represent themselves improperly following their bout, may be subject to the same penalties, at the discretion of the KTMMA Representative, with the approval of the KTMMA Commissioner.
SECTION IV: FIGHTERS; EQUIPMENT AND SECONDS
A uniform approved by the KTMMA Representative must be worn by all fighters upon entering the ring. Any fighter presenting themselves in attire deemed inappropriate will be fined up to 10% of their purse by the KTMMA Representative, and will not compete in their bout until they present themselves according to regulations. Black belts may be worn at the option of the fighter and must be tied securely around the waist, and can not be used by the fighter during the bout for anything but adornment.
No rings, jewelry, or items other than those authorized may be worn.
2. GLOVES, KNEE PADS, AND MOUTHPIECES
All fighters will wear regulation gloves approved by the KTMMA, 10oz for the Kick-Thai round and 4oz for the MMA. If the gloves have been used previously, they must be whole, clean and subject to inspection by the referee or by the KTMMA Representative as to condition. If found imperfect, they shall be changed before the bout starts. No breaking, roughing, or twisting of gloves shall be permitted.
Knee pads of soft substance may be worn by all fighters and are subject to the approval of the KTMMA Representative.
All male fighters are required to wear an approved groin protector. A plastic cup with an athletic supporter is adequate.
All fighters must wear fitted mouthpieces. All fighters are required to have an extra mouthpiece ringside during their match.
Fighters must furnish their own knee pads, groin protectors and mouthpieces. All promoters must have several extra sets of gloves of common sizes to be used in case gloves are broken or in any way damaged beyond use during the course of the bouts. Fighters who do not present themselves properly equipped at the start time of their bout shall be subject to fines by the KTMMA Representative, and may be penalized by the referee, including being counted out of the match, if any equipment problems cannot be solved within 5 minutes of the referee’s order to correct such problem.
3. GLOVES – STANDARD SPECIFICATION
The glove change over must be done by the fighters corner team with an official KTMMA official observing during the rest period in between rounds. Both gloves must have red or blue tape applied to the wrist.
Round 1: 10oz Kick-Thai boxing Velcro Style
Round 2: 4oz MMA Velcro Style
All gloves must be of a professional quality and must be approved by the KTMMA Representative. All gloves must be made so as to fit the hands of any fighter whose hands may be unusual in size. The make and type of all gloves must be approved in advance by the KTMMA Representative. All gloves will be provided by the promoter. The KTMMA referee/officials must inspect and approve any tape used on the gloves.
4. HAND AND FOOT/ANKLE WRAPPINGS
The wrapping of hands or feet is not mandatory. Fighters who wish to wrap their hands or feet shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape which will be provided by KTMMA. Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2 inches in width. Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 1.5 inches in width. One ten yard roll of gauze, and not more than two yards of tape are the maximum allowable amounts for each hand. No other materials, including pre-made hand wraps (except as approved in amateur competition), shall be allowed; nor shall any amounts exceeding those listed be allowed under any circumstances. Gauze shall be for the protection of the hand only, and the amount shall be the discretion of the KTMMA Representative. Tape shall be present only to hold the gauze in place, and no more than one layer of tape be allowed on the striking surface of the hand and only 1 strip between the fingers not to exceed 1/4 in width and 4″ in length.
The use of footgear is prohibited.
The wrapping of feet/ankles is not mandatory. Fighters who wish to wrap their feet/ankles shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape.
Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2″ in width. Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 1.5″ in width. Up to 6′ of tape may be used to wrap each foot and ankle.
The KTMMA Representative, or his designee, must inspect all foot/ankle wrappings.
5. NUMBER OF SECONDS AND THEIR APPEARANCE
Each fighter may have up to one seconds of his choice for non-title match, and two for title matches and each second, while assisting the fighter must wear an KTMMA approved uniform (subject to the approval of the KTMMA Representative), must present a neat and tidy appearance, provide a pail, tape, water bottle and other equipment necessary to perform his function. Seconds may not sit, stand on, lean on or touch the ring apron during the course of the bout, nor otherwise interfere physically or verbally with the bout or the duties of the officials. Seconds must remain in designated areas assigned to them by the KTMMA Representative during the bout. At no time is a second allowed into the ring except with approval by the KTMMA Representative. The KTMMA Representative may levy fines and/or disqualification of the fighter for improper and unprofessional conduct by the seconds.
6. THROWING IN THE TOWEL
A manager or chief second may toss a towel into the ring in token of the defeat of his principal.
SECTION V: CONDUCT OF BOUTS
1. DURATION OF BOUTS
All KTMMA bouts are two (2), five (5) minute rounds.
One (1) minute and Thirty (30) seconds rest between rounds. (glove change over time)
The fight continues until one fighter is stopped, submits, his corner throws in the towel, the referee stops the fight or the doctor stops the contest, or the time limit of the rounds expires. The time runs continuously and may be called or stopped only by the referee in special cases, such as equipment malfunction or commitment of a foul.
2. REFEREE INSTRUCTION
There will be a Chief referee plus an external referee for the MMA round. The referee will, before starting a bout, ascertain from each fighter the name of his chief handler and will hold said chief handler responsible for the conduct of his assistant handler(s) during the progress of a bout.
Immediately before the bout commences, the referee will call the fighters to the center of the ring and conduct the start in the following manner:
a) The fighters, while standing in their starting zones (usually designated red or blue), will face the referee;
b) The referee will first ask the fighters to be ready, who will return acknowledge their readiness to fight in customary fashion; and
c) From the ready position the fighters will prepare to fight as the referee signals the timekeeper that the bout will commence. It is then the fighters choice to touch gloves or not.
3. AUTHORIZED OFFENSIVE TECHNIQUES
ROUND 1: MODIFIED KICK THAI-BOXING RULES
1. All forms of boxing in combination with kicks to the legs, body and the head, using the padded part of the glove.
2. Rear (reverse) kicks to the body or the head, spinning back kicks to the body and to the head with full contact to knock out the opponent, also foot sweeps, are permitted.
3. Low kicks to the thighs, inside and outside.
4. Knee attacks to the body and kicks with the shin to the thighs, body and the head
5. Clinching (holding) with one hand allows unlimited strikes; two hands allow one strike only for 5 seconds and attacking at the same time with knees and elbows or any strikes.
6. Elbow strikes to the head, body and legs
7. Frontal rolling kicks with the heel against the head
8. The use of spinning back-fist only with focus on the opponent
Warnings and minus points
In case of a serious violation of the following points the referee shall stop the fight with the command ‘Stop’ and issue a warning. The warning shall be issued clearly and in such a manner that the fighter in question understands the reason for the warning. The referee shall clearly indicate which fighter has received the warning by pointing his hand. If a fighter has received a warning because of a foul, no point is to be deducted but the judges shall immediately award the other fighter with one ‘click’, like for one successful punch. If a fighter has received a second warning because of a foul, no point is to be deducted but the judges shall immediately award the other fighter with two ‘clicks’, like for a successful kick. Following a warning the referee shall let the match proceed by commanding ‘Fight’. Should a fighter receive three warnings in one match, immediately he/she gets penalised simultaneously with the first minus point (penalty point) and one point must be deducted by the judges. After three minus points in a match, he/she shall immediately be disqualified simultaneously with the last minus point being issued.
The warnings and penalty (minus) points are given for using any illegal technique or doing prohibited actions, also for the coach.
All striking (punches, elbows but no 12 to 6 o’clock elbows) and limited clinch, no throws or take-downs.
ROUND 2: GLOBAL STYLE MMA RULES
All striking (punches, kicks, etc.) and grappling (take-downs, throws, submission holds, etc.) techniques are allowed with the exception of those techniques specified as Fouls in Rule 4.
a) Fouls, at the discretion of the referee, based on the intent of the fighter committing the foul and the result of the foul, may cause time to be stopped in the bout and warnings, recuperation time and/or disqualification being issued.
b) If a bottom contestant commits a foul, unless the top contestant is injured, the fight will continue. If top contestant is injured, he will be give his recovery time and then put back into top position if able to continue.
Ground Stand Up RULE:
If both fighters have gone to the ground and neither is actively working to improve his position then they shall be separated and stood up by the referee. The referee shall immediately restart the bout from the standing position. This is entirely at the discretion of the KTMMA referee.
1. Butting with the head.
2. Eye gouging of any kind.
4. Hair pulling.
6. Groin attacks of any kind.
7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
8. Small joint manipulation.
9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head.
10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
13. Grabbing the clavicle.
14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent. (Only applies to the K-T round)
15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent. (Only applies to the K-T round 1)
16. Stomping and Soccer kicking a grounded opponent.
17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
21. Spitting at an opponent.
22. Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
23. Holding the ropes or any part of the ring.
24. Using abusive language in the ring or fighting area.
25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
30. Interference by the corner.
31. Playing the Game by using timidity as a force of defence and using the grounded opponent rule as a way for contesting the legality of a strike.
In addition for the Kick-Thai Boxing:
Illegal techniques (fouls)
1. All forms of biting are prohibited.
2. All strikes, blows and punches executed with the palm side of the gloves are prohibited.
3. All kicks to the back and the back of the neck are prohibited.
4. Any form of butting with the head is prohibited.
5. All attacks (strikes, punches, kicks) against the joints are prohibited.
6. Kicks to the groin are prohibited.
7. Attacking a downed opponent or an opponent who touches the floor with their gloves or knee is prohibited.
8. Spitting out one’s tooth protector (gum-shield) is prohibited.
9. Any kind of throwing above the waistline.
10. Holding the opponent’s leg while executing striking or punching techniques
11. Holding the ropes and attacking an opponent, also in clinching situations
b) Disqualification occurs after any combination of two (2) fouls or after a flagrant foul.
c) Fouls result in a point being deducted by the official scorekeeper from the
offending contestant’s score. (The judges should only make notations of points deducted by the referee, for each round)
d) Only a referee can assess a foul. If the referee does not call the foul, judges must not make that assessment on their own.
e) A fouled fighter has up to five minutes to recuperate.
f) If a foul is committed:
1. the referee shall call time
2. the referee shall check the fouled contestant’s condition and safety
3. the referee shall then assess the foul to the offending contestant, deduct points, and notify the corner-men, judges and official scorekeeper
NOTE: A fighter who executes a fouling technique which is deemed malicious (with the intent of causing injury above and beyond the scope reasonably expected in a bout of this nature), may be subject to bearing the medical, as well as related recovery and recuperation expenses of the fighter who is injured as a result of such fouling technique.
5. FOULING, STOPPING THE BOUT
If the referee determines that the fouled fighter needs time to recover, he may stop the bout (and the time) and give the injured fighter a reasonable amount of time to recover, up to a maximum of 5 minutes under normal circumstances. At the end of this reasonable rest period the referee and the ring physician will determine if the fouled fighter can continue the bout, if he is ok the bout will continue.
The results of the foul will be based on the following determination by the referee:
If the referee determines that the foul was obviously committed by one of the fighters, and that the fouled fighter did not contribute to the injury (by landing his groin on an opponents knee, etc.), the referee can disqualify the fighter committing the foul and declare the fouled fighter the winner.
If the referee determines that the injured fighter was responsible for his own injury, the referee will not penalize his opponent in any manner. In this case, if the referee or ring physician determines that the injured fighter is unable to continue, he will lose by “technical knockout”.
If the referee determines that there was no fault attributable to either fighter (that the injury was caused by both fighters), the referee will allow the injured fighter time to recover. If, at the end of the recovery period, the referee or the ring physician determines that the fouled fighter cannot continue, the bout will be called a “technical draw”.
If an injury occurs due to a suspected foul, that the referee was unable to see, a “blind foul”, the Referee may, at his sole and final discretion, confide with the KTMMA Representative, to determine where the fault may be placed. He may consider any, all, or none of the opinions expressed in making his determination. At his sole discretion, he may ask for a replay, if television equipment is available, of the technique in question before rendering his decision. A referee’s decision on fouls may be overruled at ringside only by the KTMMA Representative, and then, only in the instance of a clear error or misapplication of the rules.
6. THE POWER TO STOP THE CONTEST
Either the Referee, the fighter’s chief handler, the doctor or the fighter may stop contest. The referee or the doctor shall have the power to stop a bout at any stage during the bout, if he considers that either fighter is in such condition that to continue might subject him to serious injury. Should both fighters be in such condition that to continue might subject them to serious injury; the referee will declare the match a “technical draw”. A fighter who submits or “taps out” or a fighter whose chief handler “throws in the towel” loses the bout.
7. PROCEDURE FOR FAILURE TO COMPETE
In any case where the referee decides that the fighters are not honestly competing, that a knockout is a “dive”, or a foul is actually a prearranged termination of the bout, he will not disqualify a fighter for fouling, nor render a decision. He shall stop the bout and declare it ended, and order the purses of both fighters held pending an investigation and disposition for the funds by the KTMMA. The announcer shall inform the audience that a “no decision” was rendered. The KTMMA Commissioner will have the final authority in rendering a decision on the match, including dispensation of purse moneys.
No fighter will be allowed to begin any bout without a mouthpiece. Whenever the mouthpiece is knocked out by a fair blow or a foul tactic, or however the mouthpiece is dropped or spit out by the fighter, the referee shall wait for a lull in the activity of both fighters, call time out, stop the bout in place, and replace the mouthpiece. Willful dropping, or spitting out of the mouthpiece by a fighter, shall also be deemed as a “delay of bout” foul, and the fighter shall be penalized accordingly by the referee. The mouthpiece is replaced whenever it is lost for any reason. All fighters must bring two mouthpieces to the ringside for use during their match.
SECTION VI: PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND SAFETY REGULATIONS
1. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND FEES
The attending physician will have a suitable place or room in which to make his examinations. His fees shall include temporary or emergency treatment to any injured fighter in the arena or dressing room. The fees for such examination shall be borne by the promoter. The physician to be retained must have been the recipient of an M.D. or D.O. degree, or recognized international equivalent.
2. TIME AND EXAMINATION
A thorough physical and eye examination will be given to each fighter by the attending physician at the time of weigh-in. Unless otherwise specified by KTMMA/Local Commission.
3. EXAMINATION ORDERED BY THE KTMMA
Any fighter who has been signed to a contract for a fight at any event may be ordered by the KTMMA to appear at any time to be weighed or to be examined by any physician designated by the KTMMA.
Any fighter who participates in a KTMMA sanctioned event, may, at the request of the KTMMA/ISKA Representative, be required to submit to a pre-fight or post-fight blood and/or urine examination for foreign substance. Any fighter who refuses to submit to the examination will be immediately suspended for a length of time as specified by the KTMMA, and will be subject to disciplinary action and penalties as provided in contractual agreements with the KTMMA and promoter.
4. REJECTIONS AND REPORTS
Should any fighter examined prove unfit for competition, the fighter must be rejected, and an immediate report of the fact made to the promoter and the KTMMA Representative. The examining physician will, one hour before the start of any event, clarify in writing to the KTMMA Representative that the fighters are in good physical condition.
5. REPORTS OF ILLNESS
Whenever a fighter, because of injury or illness, is unable to take part in a bout for which he is under contract, he or his manager must immediately report the fact to the KTMMA. The fighter will then submit to an examination by a physician designated by the KTMMA. The examination fee of the physician is to be paid by the fighter, or the promoter, if the latter requests an examination.
6. CONTINUOUS PRESENCE OF PHYSICIAN AND EMERGENCY MOBILE UNIT
At least one licensed physician, possessing an M.D. or equivalent degree, and one standby emergency mobile unit, all approved in advance by the KTMMA, must be in attendance at all KTMMA sanctioned events. The use of two physicians at ringside is strongly recommended. The mobile unit must include a full range of resuscitative equipment and be parked inside or adjacent to an entrance of the building hosting the event. The physician(s) must sit at immediate ringside throughout the duration of the bouts. A stretcher and oxygen tank, and containers of “instant ice”, must be readily available at ringside.
No bout will be allowed to proceed unless the physician is in his seat. The physician shall not leave until after the decision in the final bout. He shall be prepared to assist if any serious emergency arises, and will render temporary or emergency treatments for cuts or minor injuries sustained by the fighters.
Under no circumstances are the fighters seconds permitted to enter the ring, or to attend to a fighter in any manner whatsoever, during the course of a bout. The ringside physician cannot attend to an injured fighter during the course of a fight.
7. REPORT OF INJURY
All attending physicians must report all cases in which the fighters have been injured during a bout, or have applied for medical aid after an event. If a fighter has suffered a knockout, or any other severe injuries whether in or out of the ring, and whether or not connected with KTMMA, and has on such account been treated by his personal physician or has been hospitalized, he and his manager must promptly submit to the KTMMA a full report from such physician or hospital.
8. FIGHTERS KNOCKED OUT
Fighters who have been knocked out will be kept lying down until they have recovered. When a fighter is knocked out, no one will touch him except the referee, who will remove his mouthpiece, until the ringside physician enters the ring and personally attends the fallen fighter and issues such instructions as he sees fit to the fighter’s handlers. If a fighter suffers an injury, has been knocked out, or has participated in an unusually punishing bout, or if a technical knockout decision has been rendered against him by the referee, such fighter will be placed on the ill and unavailable list for such period of time as may be recommended by any approved KTMMA physician who may examine him. A fighter who loses a bout by knockout will be suspended from competition by the KTMMA for a minimum of 60 days. A fighter who loses a bout by technical knockout will be suspended for 30 days, or longer, if substantial head or body trauma was involved.
9. SUSPENSION FOR DISABILITY
Any fighter rejected by an examining physician will be suspended until it is shown that he is fit for further competition. Any fighter suspended for 30 or 60 days for his medical protection, or suspended for a hard fight will take the same examination as required for the eligibility physical, except as directed by the KTMMA. The physician may require any other procedure, including an electroencephalogram, if indicated.
10. ADMINISTRATION OR USE OF DRUGS
Use by a fighter of any of the listed substances, or any other drugs, will result in disqualification from his bout, and fines and suspension by the KTMMA Commissioner.
SECTION VII: RINGSIDE OFFICIALS, PERSONNEL AND DUTIES
1. RINGSIDE OFFICIALS
One referee in the ring and one external, one timekeeper a KTMMA Representative, a physician, all approved by the KTMMA, will be employed at all KTMMA sanctioned KTMMA events. All KTMMA officials must be KTMMA certified. The KTMMA will appoint to each event a KTMMA Representative who will be responsible for the assignment of the referee. The KTMMA Representative will work with the promoter in the assignment of the other ringside officials, but the final authority for the selection and appointment of all ringside officials shall rest with the KTMMA Representative. If the event falls within the jurisdiction of an athletic commission, and commission regulations require any alteration of this rule, the decision of the KTMMA Representative shall be final with regard to changes in number and qualification of the officials.
2. STATES WITH ATHLETIC COMMISSIONS
In those states where KTMMA is regulated by Athletic Commissions, the commission will usually supply an on-site inspector who will assist the promoter in the operation of his event. In these cases, the KTMMA Representative will work jointly with the inspector in the performance of his duties. An inspector authorized and licensed by the state is empowered to make final decisions on all matters falling under his jurisdiction.
3. TIMEKEEPER’S EQUIPMENT
All necessary equipment will be provided to the timekeeper by the promoter.
4. TIMEKEEPER’S DUTIES
The timekeeper will keep the time during each bout, starting and stopping the official clock, for time-outs designated to him by the referee.
5. TYPES OF BOUT RESULTS:
a) Submission by:
1. Tap Out
2. Verbal tap out
b) TKO by:
1. Referee stops bout
2. Ringside Physician stops bout
3. Corner stops bout
c) KO by:
1. Failure to rise from the canvas
d) Decision via score cards:
1. Unanimous – When all three judges score the bout for the same contestant.
2. Split Decision – When two judges score the bout for one contestant and one judge scores for the opponent.
3. Majority – When two judges score the bout for the same contestant and one judge scores a draw.
4. Draw –
a. Unanimous – When all three judges score the bout a draw
b. Majority – When two judges score the bout a draw
c. Split – When all three judges score differently
g) Technical Draw
h) Technical Decision
i) No Contest
6. SCORING TECHNIQUES
Using the 10-Point Must Scoring System; Judges are required to determine a winner of a bout that ends after the initial scheduled number of rounds has been completed. 10 points must be awarded to the winner of both rounds and nine points or less must be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even bout, which is scored (10-10). *Both rounds are scored as a whole.
Judges must evaluate TKMMA techniques, such as:
a. Effective Striking
b. Effective Grappling
c. Ring Control
d. Effective Aggressiveness/Defense
Evaluations shall be made in the order in which the techniques appear above, giving the most weight in scoring to effective striking, grappling, ring control and aggressiveness/defense.
KTMMA Techniques are defined below as:
a. Effective Striking: The total number of legal heavy strikes landed.
b. Effective Grappling: The successful execution of a legal takedown and/or reversal including the following maneuvers;
1. Takedowns from standing position to mount position;
2. Passing the guard to mount position;
3. Bottom position fighters using an active, threatening guard.
c. Ring Control: Dictating the pace, location and position of the bout using the following maneuvers:
1. Countering a grappler’s attempt at takedown to remain standing and legally striking effectively;
2. Taking down an opponent to force a ground fight;
3. Creating threatening submission attempts pass the guard to achieve mount, while on the ground;
4. Creating striking opportunities, while on the ground.
d. Effective Aggressiveness/Defense: Moving forward and landing a legal strike, while avoiding being struck, takedown and/or reversed while performing the maneuvers described above.
7. OBJECTIVE SCORING CRITERIA:
1. When both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows clear dominance.
2. When both contestants suffer equal numbers of legal knockdowns, takedowns, and strikes, and neither shows clear dominance in a round.
1. When a contestant wins by a close margin, landing the greater number of effective legal strikes, grappling and other maneuvers;
2. When a contestant remains in the guard position with no fighter having an edge in striking or grappling, the fighter who scored the legal takedown wins the round.
1. When a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a round.
2. When a contestant adversely affects his opponent by knocking him down from legal strikes, threatening submission attempts, throwing, legal striking while standing or grounded.
1. When a contestant totally dominates by striking or grappling in a round.
2. When a contestant detrimentally affects his opponents by knocking him down from legal strikes, threatening submission attempts, throwing, legal striking while standing or grounded.
Judges should use a sliding scale and recognize the length of time the fighters are either standing or on the ground, as follows:
1. If 90% of a round was spent on the ground, then:
a. Effective Grappling is weighed first.
b. Effective Striking is then weighed
2. If 90% of a round was standing, then:
a. Effective Striking is weighed first
b. Effective Grappling is then weighed
3. If a round ends with 50% standing and 50% grounded, striking and grappling are weighed more equally.
8. ANNOUNCING THE RESULTS
After the KTMMA Representative has completed verifying the master results card, the Representative will give the ring announcer the results on “Announcer’s Final Result Sheet”. The announcer shall then, inform the audience of the decision over the public address system. The referee will indicate the winner as the announcer gives the winner’s name.
In the event of a knockout, a technical knockout, disqualification or forfeit, the announcer and referee will officially designate the winner and give the time at which the bout was stopped. In the event of a technical draw, the announcer will give the time at which the bout was stopped and will detail for the audience the nature of the decision.
9. CHANGE OF DECISION
A decision rendered at the termination of any bout is final, and cannot be changed unless the KTMMA Representative at the event, or subsequently the KTMMA Commissioner, determines that any one of the following occurred:
There was collusion affecting the results of any bout.
There was a clear violation of the rules or regulation governing KTMMA bouts which affected the result of any bout.
If the KTMMA Representative or Commissioner determines that any of the above occurred with regard to any bout, then the decision rendered shall be changed as the KTMMA Representative or Commissioner may direct.
All protests over the decision of a match shall be verbally registered only by the protesting fighter and/or his chief handler to the KTMMA Representative prior to the end of the event, who will note the nature of the protest in his Representative’s report. All protests must be received at the appropriate KTMMA office, in writing and accompanied by all pertinent evidence (videotapes, affidavits, etc.), no later than 10 days following the bout in question. No protest will be considered unless accompanied by the appropriate fee:
Non-title bouts – state, provincial or regional office – N/A
Title bouts – Commissioner –N/A
In the event either party is dissatisfied by the decision rendered by the state, provincial or regional office, that party may appeal to the KTMMA Commissioner accompanied by an additional N/A appeal fee.
All decisions by the KTMMA Commissioner are final.
All parties should recognize that the KTMMA has NO authority over local athletic commissions and cannot change their rules. The standard for review is “clear” evidence which would justify a change of decision, or “clear” circumstances which in the best interest of the sport, would justify a change in decision.
Any questions on the rules of the KTMMA should be directed to the KTMMA Commissioner;