VA Amateur MMA Rules
VA Amateur Rules & Regulations
Our amateur fights are sanctioned by the Global Combat Alliance. Click here to go directly to their “Rules & Regulations” page on their website gcafights.com. For rules and/or regulations clarification or other questions pertaining to our amateur sanctioning you may contact them directly at email@example.com.
Following are Rules & Regulations from their website:
- Closed fist or an open hand/palm of their hand
Arm Strikes :
- Forearm strikes and rounded elbows to standing or grounded opponent
- Shoulder jabs to standing or grounded opponent
- Standing strikes with knees, shins, and feet
- Standing knees to head
Takedowns and Throws :
- All wrestling, judo and jiu jitsu throws and takedowns
- All chokes with arms and legs
- Elbow, shoulder, wrist, knee, and ankle locks
- Downward or spiking elbow strikes
- Flagrant disregard of referee’s instructions
- Unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury to an opponent
- Knuckle gouging
- Clawing, pinching, or twisting of flesh
- Throat strikes of any kind
- One or two-handed chokes applied directly to the throat/windpipe
- Knees to the head and neck of a grounded opponent
- Kicking or stomping above the waist on a grounded opponent
- Kicking the front of an opponent’s knee
- Fish hooks (to eyes, nose, ear, or mouth)
- Putting a finger into any open orifice (cuts/lacerations)
- Grabbing of the clavicle
- Hair pulling
- Groin attacks of any kind
- Single digit manipulation
- Small joint manipulation
- Head butting
- Striking the spine, back of neck, or back of head
- Driving opponent’s head directly down into the mat (spiking)
- Lifting, pushing, throwing or otherwise forcing an opponent out of the ring or cage
- Intentionally delaying the contest due to improper equipment, or by intentionally dropping or spitting out mouthpiece
- Attacking an opponent on or during a break
- Attacking an opponent who is under the care of an official
- Using abusive language in the ring or cage
- Interference by corner/trainer
- Rope or cage grabbing to avoid a submission hold. Continually holding the rope to rest or pull self from action, or gain advantage.
Clothing and Equipment Guidelines:
- Protective groin cup
- Protective mouthpiece
- Tape permitted on wrists and hands, but not knuckles
- Regular handwraps secured by tape permitted
- Handwraps must be signed off by GCA representative
- MMA Gloves (no less than 4oz)
- Shin, instep, elbow, and/or knee supports
- Oil on face only
- Boxing shorts, kickboxing shorts, latex bike-style shorts, board shorts, speedos
- Rash guard (females only)
- Tape over knuckles
- Oil or grease on any part of the competitor’s body
- Apparel or equipment which includes metallic and/or hard plastic and/or edge or surface
Cornermen and Trainer Guidelines
- Every fighter is required to have at minimum one corner man and a maximum of two
- Must obey the referee at all times
- Must stay in their fighter’s corner
- Must conduct themselves with appropriate and proper sportsmanship
- Must stay off the ring floor
- May not lean on ring or cage
- Cornermen may spray (not pour) water and apply ice to a fighter in between rounds. No other substance may be applied to the body. The following substances may be applied to cuts: petroleum jelly, adrenaline hydrochloride, avitene, and thrombin. Cornermen are responsible to dry the corner area before the next round continues.
- During round breaks, only one cornerman is allowed in the ring/cage.
NOTE: Violation of rules by corner personnel can result in warnings, point deductions, dismissal of corner man and/or disqualification of that corner’s fighter
How to win:
- Knockout: Opponent is unable to intelligently defend himself following a strike.
- TKO: The physician or referee decides the opponent cannot continue due to a cut or other injury.
- Submission: Opponent submits by tapping more than 3 times (or by saying “TAP”) as a result from a choke, lock, or any other reason.
- Referee Stoppage: When opponent is taking excessive punishment but cannot or will not submit or quit either due to striking, failing to show a willingness to continue, a refusal to submit in the face of grave injury, or any other reason the referee believes is necessary to preserve the fighter’s safety.
- Throw in the Towel: Opponent’s corner decides to end the bout for the safety of their fighter.
- Quit: Opponent simply cannot or refuses to continue.
- Decision: When the bout has ended after the specified time without a winner, the decision shall be determined by three judges.
- Disqualification: Opponent is disqualified by the referee.
Bout Time Lengths:
Non-Title Amateur Bouts:
- Three (3) rounds, three (3) minutes each, with a one minute rest in between rounds.
Title Amateur Bouts:
- Three (3) rounds, five (5) minutes each, with one minute rest in between rounds.
Up to 105 lbs Mini flyweight (females only)
105.1 lbs – 115 lbs Light Flyweight (females only)
115.1 lbs – 125 lbs Flyweight
125.1 lbs – 135 lbs Bantam Weight
135.1 lbs – 145 lbs Featherweight
145.1 lbs – 155 lbs Lightweight
155.1 lbs – 170 lbs Welterweight
170.1 lbs – 185 lbs Middleweight
185.1 lbs – 205 lbs Light heavyweight
205.1 lbs – 265 lbs Heavyweight
Over 265 lbs Super heavyweight