Compete with NFA

Compete with NFA

FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS

Welcome and thank you for your interest in fighting for the Nemesis Fighting Alliance. Register to fight in upcoming events. Interested fighters, managers, or gym/team coaches should complete all fields in the form below. Please fill out the following form as completely as possible and we will be in contact with you. If we have a potential match-up for you, matchmaking will reach out to confirm event details, match-up terms, etc. All Fighters will be required to complete Blood Work Testing current within 12 months of the event date. All fighters will be required to submit a high-resolution image to use for promotional purposes (if you have not already done so).

Fighters

    EVENT INFORMATION:

    EVENT INFORMATION:

    All fighters taking part in a Nemesis Fighting Alliance Show are committed to adhering to the fight rules, market their upcoming fight, sell tickets for the show, and be present and on time when required by the promotion.

    Every fighter MUST attend the NFA official weigh-ins and undergo state-regulated fight medicals prior to fighting.

    VENUE


    Olympia Athletic & Event Centre 49 Lawrence St.
    St. Charles MO 63301

    NFA has the right to change and adapt the fight card and fighters where necessary and without warning.

    VENUE:

    EVENT INFORMATION:

    Olympia Athletic & Event Centre
    49 Lawrence St. Charles, MO 63301

    WEIGH-INS:

    WEIGH-INS:

    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 with the fighter prior to weigh-ins where possible. Photos and interviews at the weigh-ins should be expected.


    Fighters arrive at the venue, meet about tickets with promotion.

    5:00 pm
    Weigh-ins start
    Fighter head-shot photos to follow official weigh in

    6:30 pm

    Ceremonial weigh in faceoff with opponent LIVE on socials

    MISSED WEIGHT:

    MISSED WEIGHT:

    All Fighters have until 6:30 pm the day of weigh ins to make the required weight. If a professional fighter is unable to make weight a penalty is implemented. The percentage of purse to be determined between contestants in the presence of the state official if the opponent agrees to continue with the fight.

    For all title bouts a fighter must make contracted weight to be eligible to win the title belt. If the fighter who agrees to fight the fighter who missed weight and the commission approves the fight may go on with the fighter who made weight only eligible to win the title belt should they win they fight.

    SHOW DAY:

    SHOW DAY:

    All fighters are expected to arrive at the venue by 3pm if you need an annual physical, 4pm if this is completed already. Fighters will be expected to follow these requirements to ensure the smooth running of the event and fighters journey.

    COACHES AND CORNERMEN:

    COACHES AND CORNERMEN:

    All gyms with amateur fighters are allowed 1 coach and 1 corner man up to 2 fighters. Gyms with Professional fighters on the card are allowed 1 coach and 2 corner men ​gyms with 3 or more amateur fighters on the show are allowed 1 extra cornerman member at the event. Only 1 coach and 1 corner man permitted cage side per amateur fight unless a championship fight then 1 coach and 2 cornermen. 1 coach and 2 corner man permitted cage side per professional fight
    *** unless otherwise approved by the promotion and state representatives.

    WALK OUT MUSIC:

    WALK OUT MUSIC:

    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 forms sent to each fighter, a message to the promotion before weigh-in day or brought to the weigh-ins on a USB. This event will be professionally filmed and streamed, if your music is not a radio edit, we cannot guarantee that it will be played.

    EVENT TICKETS:

    EVENT TICKETS:

    Event tickets will be issued to competitors once matched and bout agreements are signed. All ticket monies must be back with Nemesis by weigh ins and any unsold tickets returned. ** Professional Fighters do have a set commission on tickets that will be included in the bout agreement provided to each competitor.
    All fighters are expected to sell a minimum number of tickets.
    ​We have various ticket types:

    • Cage side: $75 Best seats available
    • Reserved: $60 behind cage side seating ensures yourself a seat
    • General Admission: $40 standing room only area

    Tickets are sold either via the NFA website, or directly via fighters. Professional Fighters will earn commission on tickets they have sold. ​Tickets sales will be monitored.

    Tickets will be available online right up until the day of the event. Tickets will also be available at the box office (when available) during the event for anyone wishing to buy their tickets later, but no commission will be applied to these tickets.

    MARKETING:

    MARKETING:

    There are requirements in order to promote YOU to the best of our ability.

    take a moment to LIKE/FOLLOW Nemesis Fighting Alliance on all the socials. So when we post content out you can be tagged and such.

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nemesisfighting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NFAfighting
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nemesisfighting
    Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@nemesisfighting


    Fighters please send a photo meeting the below guidelines. If you are unsure please look at other photos on social media for examples. please get your high resolution photos in to the production team through (link)


    These are exciting times for NFA; We are growing! With our growth your growth happens with fighter recognition creating opportunities for you all. What you can do:
    rsvp to the events we have put out there to the weigh ins, events, and/or the show itself.
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    share your posters
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    tag NFA, venues and sponsors in your content; they are sharing your posts. This gets you all noticed to a greater audience.
    We want you all to take advantage of our growth and get the recognition that is deserved!

    Fans

      EVENT INFORMATION:

      EVENT INFORMATION:

      PLEASE NOTE: This event is subject to high levels of sound, flashing lights and strobing. NFA Events are filmed and recorded for future company use and production. We also have photographers on site taking pictures. Entrance into this event provides consent for the promotion to use your likeness in any and all media produced.

      • Anyone 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult who is 20+. And ID will be required.
      • There is ample parking at the venue. Please park behind the building and not in neighboring parking lots.
      • 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.

      VENUE:

      EVENT INFORMATION:

      Olympia Athletic & Event Centre
      49 Lawrence St. Charles, MO 63301

      EVENT TICKETS:

      EVENT TICKETS:

      Event tickets will be issued to competitors once matched and bout agreements are signed. All ticket monies must be back with Nemesis by weigh ins and any unsold tickets returned. ** Professional Fighters do have a set commission on tickets that will be included in the bout agreement provided to each competitor.
      All fighters are expected to sell a minimum number of tickets.
      ​We have various ticket types:

      • Cage side: $75 Best seats available
      • Reserved: $60 behind cage side seating ensures yourself a seat
      • General Admission: $40 standing room only area

      Tickets are sold either via the NFA website, or directly via fighters. Professional Fighters will earn commission on tickets they have sold. ​Tickets sales will be monitored.

      Tickets will be available online right up until the day of the event. Tickets will also be available at the box office (when available) during the event for anyone wishing to buy their tickets later, but no commission will be applied to these tickets.


      Refund policy, Unfortunately, this is a nonrefundable event.
      Make sure to bring your printed as it is required for entry to this event. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the event. Please bring your printed ticket receipt for verification to pick up your tickets.

      RULES AND REGULATIONS:

      RULES AND REGULATIONS:



      DEFINITIONS:

      "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.

      WEIGHT DIVISIONS:

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

      Women’s Atomweight 105 pounds and under

      Women's Strawweight Over 105 to 115 pounds

      Flyweight 125 pounds and under for men. Over 115 to 125 pounds for women.

      Bantamweight Over 125 to 135 pounds

      Featherweight Over 135 to 145 pounds

      Lightweight Over 145 to 155 pounds

      Welterweight Over 155 to 170 pounds

      Middleweight Over 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 weight allowance for all fighters. In championship fights, the participants must weigh no more than that permitted for the relevant weight division.

      The Commission may also approve catchweight 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 fair, safe and competitive in spite of the fact that the two contestants technically weighed in differing weight classes.

      SPECIFICATIONS FOR HAND WRAPPING:

      The promotion provides "cutmen" who wrap ALL contestants' hands. Unless otherwise approved by the promotion and state commission. Contestants will NOT be allowed to not wrap their hands.
      ** Under no circumstances are gloves to be placed on the hands of a contestant until the approval of the Commission is received.

      MOUTHPIECES:

      All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during the competition. The mouthpiece shall be subject to examination and approval by the attending physician/ referee.No round may begin without the mouthpiece in place. If the mouthpiece is involuntarily dislodged during competition, the referee shall call time, clean the mouthpiece, and reinsert the mouthpiece at the first opportune moment without interfering with the immediate action.

      PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT:

      Male mixed martial artists shall wear a groin protector of their own selection, of a type approved by the Commissioner.

      GLOVES:

      All contestants shall wear the promotions gloves 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. No contestant shall supply their own gloves for participation.

      APPEARANCE:

      Each unarmed combatant must be clean and present a tidy appearance. The excessive use of grease or any other foreign substance may not be used on the face or body of an unarmed combatant.Cutmen are the only people permitted to apply grease to a contestant. The referees or the Commission shall cause any excessive grease or foreign substance to be removed. An unarmed combatant may not wear any jewelry or other piercing accessories while competing in the contest or exhibition.

      PROFESSIONAL BOUT ROUND LENGTH:

      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. Each championship 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. (unless otherwise noted)

      AMATEUR BOUT ROUND LENGTH:

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

      STOPPING A CONTEST:

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

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

      1. 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
      2. If the mixed martial artists spent a majority of a round standing, then:a. Effective striking is weighed first; and. Effective grappling is then weighed
      3. If a round ends with a relatively even amount of standing and canvas fighting, striking and grappling are weighed equally.

      JUDGING:

      JUDGING:

      DEFINITIONS:
      "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.
      WEIGHT DIVISIONS:

      Except with the approval of the Commission, or its executive director, the classes for mixed martial arts and kickboxing contests or exhibitions and the weights for each class shall be:
      Women’s Atomweight 105 pounds and under
      Women's Strawweight Over 105 to 115 pounds
      Flyweight 125 pounds and under for men. Over 115 to 125 pounds for women.
      Bantamweight Over 125 to 135 pounds
      Featherweight Over 135 to 145 pounds
      Lightweight Over 145 to 155 pounds
      Welterweight Over 155 to 170 pounds
      Middleweight Over 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 weight allowance for all fighters. In championship fights, the participants must weigh no more than that permitted for the relevant weight division.
      The Commission may also approve catchweight 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 fair, safe and competitive in spite of the fact that the two contestants technically weighed in differing weight classes.

      SPECIFICATIONS FOR HAND WRAPPING:
      The promotion provides "cutmen" who wrap ALL contestants' hands. Unless otherwise approved by the promotion and state commission. Contestants will NOT be allowed to not wrap their hands.

      All bouts will be evaluated and scored by 3 judges who shall evaluate the contest from different locations around the fighting area. The referee may not be one of the 3 judges.
      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).
      Judges shall evaluate mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling, control of the ring/fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense. Evaluations shall be made in the order in which the techniques appear, giving the most weight in scoring to effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area and effective aggressiveness and defense.
      Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal strikes landed by a contestant. Effective grappling is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown and reversals.
      Examples of factors to consider are takedowns from standing position to mount position, passing the guard to mount position, and bottom position fighters using an active threatening guard.
      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.
      Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing a legal strike. Effective defense means avoiding being struck, taken down or reversed while countering with offensive attacks.
      The following objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring a round;

       

      1. 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;
      2. 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;
      3. a round is to be scored as a 10-8 round when a contestant overwhelmingly dominates by striking or grappling in a round.
      4. a round is to be scored as a 10-7 round when a contestant totally dominates by striking or grappling in a round.

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

       

      1. 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
      2. 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
      3. If a round ends with a relatively even amount of standing and canvas fighting, striking and grappling are weighed equally.




      The bout can be decided in the following ways:
      Points Decision : Three 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 judging panel.
      Unanimous Decision: All three judges score the fight for Fighter A
      Split Decision: Two judges score the bout for fighter A and one judge scores the bout for fighter B
      Majority Decision: Two judges score the bout for fighter A and one has scores the bout even
      Technical Decision:

      • An accidental foul occurs after the midway point of the bout and the fight must be stopped. The decision goes to the scorecards with the last round being scored. The boxer winning the bout wins by technical decision. Partial rounds will be scored.
      • An intentional foul occurs, the boxer who was fouled is allowed to continue to fight, and if the fight is then stopped at a later round due to the injury worsening, the fight results will go to the scorecards. If the boxer who is ahead on the scorecards, the bout is ruled a technical decision. Partial rounds will be scored.


      Draw: All three judges have scored the fight even.
      Majority Draw: Two judges have the fight even and one judge scores the bout for either boxer.
      Split Draw: One judge scores the fight for Fighter A, one judge scores the fight for Fighter B, and one judge has an even score.
      Technical Draw: An intentional foul occurs, the boxer who was fouled is allowed to continue to fight, and if the fight is then stopped at a later round due to the injury worsening, the fight results will go to the scorecards. If the boxer who is fouled is behind on the scorecards, the bout is ruled a technical draw. Partial rounds will be scored.
      No Decision: When a bout is stopped due to an accidental foul before the midway point of the bout and the fight must be stopped.
      Knockout : If a contestant is struck in such a way that he or she is incapable of resuming the fight or if the referee declares a knockout 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.
      • If a contestant has been knocked down three times in one and the same round or four times in one and the same bout.
      • If a contestant is no longer capable of taking part in the fight owing to an injury not caused by a prohibited technique.
      • If the contestant does not leave his corner to take part in the fight following the sounding of the bell.
      • If the referee is of the opinion that a contestant is totally outclassed or is physically far less fit.
      • 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).
      • 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”).


      Submission: If a contestant is in a submission hold in such a way that he or she is incapable of resuming the fight and thus “tapping out” or verbally submits.
      Technical Submission: Occur when the referee or doctor stops the fight because a fighter has sustained an injury or is rendered unconscious while in a submission hold.
      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.

      FOULS:

      FOULS:

      All events will have a rules meeting that will give full details and the opportunity to ask questions of the officials. Any contestant guilty of foul tactics in a round will be given an immediate warning or points may be deducted from the contestant’s total score, or both, as determined by the referee. The use of foul tactics also may result in the disqualification of the contestant. The following tactics are considered fouls:

      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 placing of fingers into the mouth of your opponent and pulling your hands in opposing directions while holding onto the skin of your opponent will be considered “fish hooking”
      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. No intentional direct strikes to the kidney including heel kicks to the kidney;
      9. 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.
      10. ** 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.
      11. 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.
      12. 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.
      13. *Kneeing and/or Kicking the head of a grounded opponent: A grounded fighter is defined as: Any part of the body, other than the soles of the feet touching the fighting area floor. Also to be grounded the palm of one (1) hand must be down or posting of the fingers to 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.
      14. *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 the soles of the feet touching the fighting area floor. To be grounded, the palm of one (1) hand must be down or posting of the fingers to 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. 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.
      15. 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
      16. Holding or grabbing the fence with fingers or toes: A fighter may put their hands or feet on the fence and push off of it at any time. 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. 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 change in position such as the avoidance of a takedown 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
      17. 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.
      18. Throwing an opponent out of the caged area: A fighter shall not throw their opponent out of the cage.
      19.  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
      20.  Clawing, pinching, twisting the flesh, or grabbing the clavicle: 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. Any manipulation of the clavicle is a foul
      21. Any other actions that are deemed fouls by the referee or inspector that are not described above may be called by the referee and appropriate action taken by the referee.
      22. 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
      23.  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)
      24. 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.
      25.  Unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to the 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.
      26. 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
      27.  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
      28. 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.
      29.  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.

      KICKBOXING:

      KICKBOXING

      • No Palm heel strikes;
      • No Hitting with the glove open, or with the wrist or forearm;
      • No Grabbing and/or holding onto an opponent’s leg or foot;
      • No Holding an opponent with one hand and hitting with the other;
      • No Leg checking the opponent’s leg or stepping on the opponent’s foot to prevent the opponent from moving or kicking;
      • No Purposely going down without being hit;
      • No Intentionally pushing, shoving, or wrestling an opponent out of the ring;
      • No Linear or thrusting kicks directed at the knee including front kicks, side kicks and back kicks;

      ADDITIONAL AMATEUR RULES/FOULS
      Any contestant competing in an amateur bout may not currently or ever have been a professional fighter in any contact sport including, but not limited to, boxing, kickboxing, full-contact karate, martial arts, wrestling or mixed martial arts.
      The maximum number of rounds for an amateur mixed martial arts contest shall be three (3).
      The maximum length of a round for an amateur mixed martial arts bout shall be three (3) minutes with one (1) minute rest between rounds. (Even if the bout is a Title Bout)
      The minimum glove size shall be four (4) ounces and the maximum glove size shall be eight (8) ounces.

      Neoprene ankle wraps or elbow pads are optional. Contestants may tape their ankles and have a neoprene wrap or similar material covering the tape. (If ankles are taped, they may only have one winding around the ankle)
      No elbow strikes of any kinds.
      No knee strikes to the head
      For the first five (5) sanctioned amateur bouts there shall be a prohibition of knee strikes to the head of an opponent during an amateur mixed martial arts contest. Both contestants may mutually agree to allow knee strikes during a bout after the fifth sanctioned bout by each contestant. A sanctioned fight is a, bout that which is sanctioned by a state or tribal agency charged with legal regulatory authority to regulate amateur mixed martial arts.
      No twisting leg submissions.
      An amateur mixed martial arts contestant will be required to have a minimum of six (6) sanctioned amateur bouts with a winning record prior to being permitted to compete as a professional mixed martial arts contestant in Missouri. (A fighter may provide other legitimate combative sports experience such as elite college wrestling, or kickboxing experience) (This prohibition does not apply to kickboxing)
      Amateur contestants shall not receive any valuable consideration for their participation in an amateur event including but not limited to a purse, percentage of ticket sales, and/or discounts for gym training fees. No more than one hundred ($100) dollars may be paid to an amateur contestant for travel expenses for participation in a bout.
      Amateur contestants may clinch in order to immediately attack with a legal knee strike to the body only. If the knee attack and/or counter attack by the opponent is continuous and in the opinion of the referee productive, the referee may allow the knee strikes to continue up to five (5) seconds and the fighters shall be directed to break the clinch by the referee.

      AMATEUR KICKBOXING
      Amateur contestants may wear headgear and shin pads, however, if neither device will be worn in a bout, both contestants must mutually agree to this fact in the written bout agreement.
      Amateur contestants may not wear gloves smaller than twelve (12) ounces.