The Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA or UFC) – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA or UFC) – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Mixed Martial
Arts The object of the game is for a fighter to
win by points, knockout or submission. Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA is a hybrid sport
that combines the techniques of many different martial arts. There are many organisations that promote
the sport, the most famous being the UFC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A contest is between two fighters in a multi-faceted
cage, sometimes referred to as ‘the ring’ or ‘the Octagon’. The walls are high and are made of chain-link
wire, to prevent fighters from escaping. In MMA, fighters fight within a weight class. You must be under the relevant weight limit,
as if you are overweight, you are disqualified immediately and cannot compete in the fight. Once the referee tells you to go … you must
begin fighting. You are allowed to punch your opponent, kick
your opponent, elbow knee or wrestle your opponent, lock their limbs to cause them pain,
throw them to the ground or against the cage and you are allowed to choke them with your
limbs. You can use virtually any strike from any
martial art, and this makes MMA the most versatile combat sport in the world. There’s also things you cannot do, which
will earn you a warning and possible disqualification. You cannot attack the groin. You cannot knee to the head if the opponent
is on the floor. You cannot strike the back of the head or
the spine. No head butting, eye gouging, or fish-hooking. No biting, hair pulling, or grabbing the cage. No fingers in an orifices, or manipulation
of your opponent’s fingers. No strikes or grabbing of the throat. And no intentional throwing of your opponent
outside of the cage. Doing these things accidentally will result
in a warning. A fight is contested in 3 rounds of 5 minutes
each, with a one minute break in between rounds. Championship contests are fought over 5 rounds
of 5 minutes each. There are three ways to win a fight. Knockout
If you manage to knock your opponent down, they’ll have a limited amount of time to
get back up. If they cannot get up within this time and
show that they can defend themselves, you win the fight by Knockout. Submission. If you manage to manipulate your opponent
causing them pain, the fighter trapped in the hold can call defeat by tapping their
opponent’s body or tapping the floor, or by making a verbal announcement. Once an opponent has done this, the referee
will end the fight immediately and award you the win by submission. This is also known as ‘tapping out’. Points. If a Knockout or Submission hasn’t happened
when time runs out, a group of judges will have scored each fighter based on their performance,
for every round that they have fought in. The fighter with the highest amount of points
at the end of time – wins. This is known as ‘winning by decision’. That’s pretty much the gist of the UFC or
Mixed Martial Arts, but there’s a few other things that you’ll need to know before watching
a fight. For example: Disqualification (DQ). A fighter can be disqualified for failing
to make weight, or by being given three warnings for illegal moves. Once the 3rd warning has been issued, the
referee will stop the fight immediately. A disqualification can also be called, if
a fighter has been injured by an illegal move that seemed intentional. Forfeit. A fighter can announce his own defeat before
a match begins, if he is injured or unable to fight. This is known as a forfeit. No contest. If both fighters violate the rules, or if
a fighter is injured by an unintentional illegal action, a no-contest call may be called. This is where no fighter wins the bout. No contests are rarely called in MMA fights. Technical knockout (TKO). When a referee, doctor, or fighter’s corner
crew, feels that a fighter is no longer able to defend himself, or that it’s too dangerous
to let a fighter carry on fighting, they can stop the fight and the opponent will win by
technical knockout. This video is a general summary of the ‘Unified
Rules of Mixed Martial Arts’, which most organisations adhere to. Specific rules differ between organisations
so check your local organisation for the specific rules that you must abide by. But if you have found this video at all helpful,
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in the meantime – enjoy Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

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