LOUISIANA MMA RULES AND
Technique Event Exhibition Rules
GOVERNED BY A SANCTIONING BODY
SUCH AS THE ISCF
MTE Exhibitions shall be conducted using §707. Professional Mixed Technique
Rules above with the following modifications:
- Conduct of Promotion: If you are interested in staging a Mixed Technique
Event Exhibition contest you must notify the Commission in writing and to be
considered for approval you must:
- A: Submit a written list of the name,
address, age, height, weight, trainer and training gym of each contestant said
list to be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the event and any changes
to said list to be within a reasonable time based upon the approval of the
- B: Submit a writing from each
contestant that he or she has never engaged in a professional Mixed Technique
Event or professional mixed martial arts contest;
- C: Submit writing from the
contestant's trainer that the contestant is skilled enough and healthy to
compete and that the contestant has been training for the sport longer than 30
- D: Submit the name of the referee(s)
you intend to use; however the Commission may mandate that you use a referee
approved by the Commission;
- E: Agree to abide by any other
conditions which the Commissioner may impose on this new activity as events are
reviewed and amendments may be made;
- F: Agree in writing that you will
observe all Mixed Technique Event Rules;
- G: Submit in writing a statement to
the affect that the fighter is not being paid any gratuity for participating in
the event, and memorialize each and every actual expense, to a maximum of
$100.00 that is being reimbursed to the fighter;
- H: If you are not a promoter who also
owns and operates his own gym you must utilize a matchmaker approved by the
Commission who shall arrange and approve all fights on the card; and
- I: Ensure that all advertising
concerning the event to be conducted indicates that it is an amateur event, and
the word "Amateur" must be a large as any other print on the
advertisement on a written or printed advertisement and must be announced in any
television or radio advertisements.
- B: Amateur
Mixed Martial Arts Equipment: Exhibition contestants shall use a
minimum 7 ounce open fingered gloves.
- C: Amateur
Mixed Martial Arts: Acts Constituting Fouls IN ADDITION to those
listed under §707. PROFESSIONAL MIXED TECHNIQUE EVENT RULES, paragraph G -
Acts Constituting Fouls:
- 1: Illegal techniques while standing
- Elbowing; and
- Kneeing to the head
- 2: Illegal techniques while on the
- Any downward striking to an opponent's head while the back of that
opponent's head is pinned to the mat or when the opponent has both shoulders
pinned to the mat.
- 3: Additional Items:
- A: If punch or kick (excluding kicks
to the legs or leg sweeps) causes a knockdown:
- i. The action will NOT continue;
- ii. The standing fighter will not continue to attack;
- iii. The referee will begin a 10 count and the standing fighter
must go to a neutral corner during the count; and
- iv. If the referee determines that the downed fighter can
continue, then the fight shall resume with the fighters in a standing position;
- B: In the event that the referee
believes that the fighter is in trouble he is authorized to give an eight count;
this shall be a standing eight while the parties are standing; or simply an
eight count if they are on the ground with the position of the fighters to be
maintained when the actions continues;
- C: In the event that the referee
feels that the two fighters in the ring are mismatched to the point where the
contest is not fair, then he shall immediately stop the fight at that point.
Any matchmaker or promoter who arranged that fight shall be subject to immediate
suspension of their license by the attending Commission member as the Commission
deems the mismatching of amateur fighters to present an immediate danger to the
public and the fighters;
- D: The referee has as his number one
concern the welfare of the fighters and shall conduct himself and the fight at
all times with the understanding that the fighters are amateur fighters and are
not to be subjected to undue punishment; which will require stoppages much
sooner than those in a Professional Mixed Technique Event. Any referee who
permits an amateur fighter to absorb undue punishment or grossly fails to stop a
fight in a timely manner shall be subject to immediate suspension by the
attending Commission member as the Commission deems that unnecessary injury of
amateur fighters to present an immediate danger to the public and the fighters;
- E: In the event that the Commission
member in attendance feels that the promoter has violated any of the rules of
this section concerning Mixed Technique Exhibitions or has submitted forms or
paperwork to the Commission that are fraudulent, or determines that the fighters
were paid any gratuity, the Commission member shall at the close of the fight
issue a summons to that Promoter to appear before the Commission at the next
scheduled meeting to determine whether his license shall be suspended.
- D: Amateur
Mixed Martial Arts: At each MTE Exhibition event there shall also be
Professional MTE bouts equaling either 25% of the number of bouts on the
card or a minimum of two Professional bouts,
whichever is greater;
- HOWEVER this rule will be
inapplicable to venues with a occupancy capacity of 500 people or less, as set
by the firemarshal, with the further understanding that this rule shall always
apply to any outdoor event or other venue where it is impossible for the
firemarshal to set the occupancy capacity.
7. Mixed Technique Events
§701 Application of Professional and Amateur
- The following conditions specifically described in the professional boxing
rules also apply to amateur and professional mixed technique sports and events
as put forth in the foregoing Chapter 1. General Rules of Boxing and Wrestling,
Title 46 - Professional and Occupational Standards, §101 through §113
except where the intention would to be to modify rules which are specific to
Mixed Technique Events.
TECHNIQUE EVENTS (MTE)
- A. All Mixed Technique Events shall be conducted under the authority and
supervision of the commission.
- B. There are hereby established three types of Mixed Technique Event (MTE):
- MTE Amateur Events: (As explained at the
bottom of this page which are sanctioned by a "NON PROFIT"
Sanctioning organization approved by the State of Louisiana.)
- MTE Exhibition Events: (As explained at the
top of this page which can be sanctioned by a Sanctioning body approved by the
State of Louisiana such as the ISCF - MMA)
- MTE Professional Event: - Always
overseen by the State Commission - But can also have the ISCF
Sanction for exposure and or Titles.
- C: MTE Amateur Events are defined as those MTE events using amateur
fighters and being sponsored by a recognized Amateur Mixed Technique
Association, duly recognized by the Commission;
- Pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statute 4:67 there shall be no taxes charged
to a MTE Amateur Event sponsored by an AMTA approved by the Commission;
- D: MTE Exhibition Events are defined as those MTE events using amateur
fighters conducted by a promoter licensed by the Commission;
- MTE Exhibition Events shall be conducted under the Mixed Technique Event
Exhibition Rules set forth below.
- E. MTE Professional Events are defined as those MTE events using
professional fighters conducted by a promoter licensed by the Commission.
- MTE Professional Events shall be conducted under the Mixed Technique Event
Professional Rules set forth below.
TECHNIQUE RING RULES
- A. Mixed Technique Events contests and exhibitions may be held in a ring or
in a fenced area.
- B. A ring used for a contest or exhibition Mixed Technique Event must meet
the following requirements:
- The ring must be no smaller than 20 feet square and no larger than 32 feet
square within the ropes.
- The ring floor must extend at least 18 inches beyond the ropes. The ring
floor must be padded with ensolite or another similar closed-cell foam, with at
least a 1-inch layer of foam padding. Padding must extend beyond the ring ropes
and over the edge of the platform, with a top covering of canvas, duck or
similar material tightly stretched and laced to the ring platform. Material that
tends to gather in lumps or ridges must not be used.
- The ring platform must not be more than 4 feet above the floor of the
building and must have suitable steps for the use of the unarmed combatants.
- Ring posts must be made of metal, not more than 3 inches in diameter,
extending from the floor of the building to a minimum height of 58 inches above
the ring floor, and must be properly padded in a manner approved by the
Commission. Ring posts must be at least 18 inches away from the ring ropes.
- There must be five ring ropes, not less than 1 inch in diameter and wrapped
in soft material. The lowest ring rope must be 12 inches above the ring floor.
- There must not be any obstruction or object, including, without limitation,
a triangular border, on any part of the ring floor.
- C. A fenced area used in a contest or exhibition Mixed Technique Event
must meet the following requirements:
- The fenced area must be circular or have at least eight equal sides and
must be no smaller than 20 feet wide and no larger than 32 feet wide.
- The floor of the fenced area must be padded with ensolite or another
similar closed-cell foam, with at least a 1-inch layer of foam padding, with a
top covering of canvas, duck or similar material tightly stretched and laced to
the platform of the fenced area. Material that tends to gather in lumps or
ridges must not be used.
- The platform of the fenced area must not be more than 4 feet above the
floor of the building and must have suitable steps for the use of the unarmed
- Fence posts must be made of metal, not more than 6 inches in diameter,
extending from the floor of the building to between 5 and 7 feet above the floor
of the fenced area, and must be properly padded in a manner approved by the
- The fencing used to enclose the fenced area must be made of a material that
will prevent an unarmed combatant from falling out of the fenced area or
breaking through the fenced area onto the floor of the building or onto the
spectators, including, without limitation, chain link fence coated with vinyl.
- Any metal portion of the fenced area must be covered and padded in a manner
approved by the Commission and must not be abrasive to the unarmed combatants.
- The fenced area must have two entrances.
- There must not be any obstruction on any part of the fence surrounding the
area in which the unarmed combatants are to be competing.
§709. Safety Zone
- A. At each event there shall be an area around the ring or fenced in area,
extending eight feet as measured from said ring or fenced in area, which shall
be partitioned from the public seating and said area shall be referred to as the
- No one may enter the Safety Zone unless authorized by the Commission;
- All seating inside of the Safety Zone shall be authorized by the attending
§711. Duration of
- A. Except with the approval of the Commission or its Chairman;
- A nonchampionship contest or exhibition Mixed Technique Event must not
exceed three rounds in duration.
- A championship Mixed Technique Event must be five rounds in duration.
- A period of unarmed combat in any Mixed Technique Event must be 5 minutes
in duration. A period of rest following a period of unarmed combat in a Mixed
Technique Event must be 1 minute in duration.
Classes of MTE contestants; weight loss
- A. Except with the approval of the Commission or its Commissioner, the
classes for unarmed combatants competing in Mixed Technique Events and the
weights for each class are shown in the following schedule:
up to 125 lbs.
over 125 to 135 lbs.
over 135 to 145 lbs.
over 145 to 155 lbs.
over 155 to 170 lbs.
over 170 to 185 lbs.
over 185 to 205 lbs.
over 205 to 265 lbs.
all over 265 lbs.
- After the weigh-in of an unarmed combatant competing in a Mixed Technique
- (a) Weight loss in excess of 2 pounds is not permitted for an unarmed
combatant who weighed in at 145 pounds or less.
- (b) Weight loss in excess of 3 pounds is not permitted for an unarmed
combatant who weighed in at over 145 pounds.
- The weight loss described in subsection 2 must not occur later than 2 hours
after the initial weigh-in.
attire for unarmed combatants
- A. An unarmed combatant competing in a Mixed Technique Event:
- 1. Must wear shorts approved by the Commission or the Commission's
- 2. May not wear shoes or any padding on his feet during the contest.
§717. Method of
- A. Each judge of a Mixed Technique Event that is being judged shall score
the contest or exhibition and determine the winner through the use of the
- The better unarmed combatant of a round receives 10 points and his opponent
- If the round is even, each unarmed combatant receives 10 points.
- No fraction of points may be given.
- Points for each round must be awarded immediately after the end of the
period of unarmed combat in the round.
- B. After the end of the contest or exhibition, the announcer shall pick up
the scores of the judges from the Commission's desk.
- The majority opinion is conclusive and, if there is no majority, the
decision is a draw.
- When the Commission's representative has checked the scores, he shall
inform the announcer of the decision. The announcer shall inform the audience of
the decision over the speaker system.
- A. The following acts constitute fouls in a Mixed Technique Event:
- Butting with the head.
- Eye gouging of any kind.
- Hair pulling.
- Groin attacks of any kind.
- Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an
- Small joint manipulation.
- Striking to the spine or the back of the head.
- Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
- Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the
- Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
- Grabbing the clavicle.
- Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
- Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
- Stomping a grounded opponent.
- Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
- Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
- Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
- Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
- Spitting at an opponent.
- Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an
- Holding the ropes or the fence.
- Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
- Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
- Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
- Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of
- Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
- Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent,
intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
- Interference by the corner.
- Throwing in the towel during competition.
- B. Fouls: Deduction of points.
- If an unarmed combatant fouls his opponent during a Mixed Technique Event,
the referee may penalize him by deducting points from his score, whether or not
the foul was intentional. The referee shall determine the number of points to be
deducted in each instance and shall base his determination on the severity of
the foul and its effect upon the opponent.
- When the referee determines that it is necessary to deduct a point or
points because of a foul, he shall warn the offender of the penalty to be
- The referee shall, as soon as is practical after the foul, notify the
judges and both unarmed combatants of the number of points, if any, to be
deducted from the score of the offender.
- Any point or points to be deducted for any foul must be deducted in the
round in which the foul occurred and may not be deducted from the score of any
- C. Accidental Fouls
- If a Mixed Technique Event is stopped because of an accidental foul, the
referee shall determine whether the unarmed combatant who has been fouled can
continue or not. If the unarmed combatant's chance of winning has not been
seriously jeopardized as a result of the foul and if the foul did not involve a
concussive impact to the head of the unarmed combatant who has been fouled, the
referee may order the contest or exhibition continued after a recuperative
interval of not more than 5 minutes. Immediately after separating the unarmed
combatants, the referee shall inform the Commission's representative of his
determination that the foul was accidental.
- If the referee determines that a Mixed Technique Event may not continue
because of an injury suffered as the result of an accidental foul, the contest
or exhibition must be declared a no contest if the foul occurs during:
- a. The first two rounds of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled for
three rounds or less; or
- b. The first three rounds of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled for
more than three rounds.
- If an accidental foul renders an unarmed combatant unable to continue the
contest or exhibition after:
- a. The completed second round of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled
for three rounds or less; or
- b The completed third round of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled
for more than three rounds, the outcome must be determined by scoring the
completed rounds and the round during which the referee stops the contest or
- If an injury inflicted by an accidental foul later becomes aggravated by
fair blows and the referee orders the contest or exhibition stopped because of
the injury, the outcome must be determined by scoring the completed rounds and
the round during which the referee stops the contest or exhibition.
§719. Results of
- A. A Mixed Technique Event may end under the following results:
- Submission by:
- a. Physical tap out.
- b. Verbal tap out.
- Technical knockout by the referee stopping the contest.
- Decision via the scorecards, including:
- a. Unanimous decision.
- b. Split decision.
- c. Majority decision.
- d. Draw, including:
- i. Unanimous draw.
- ii. Majority draw.
- iii. Split draw.
- Technical decision.
- Technical draw.
- No contest.
§720. Referees and
- A. No referee may officiate a Mixed Technique Event unless he has been
duly qualified by the Commission. The Commission may approve referees based
upon their qualifications or may require the attendance of a mandatory seminar.
- B. No Judge may officiate a Mixed Technique Event unless he has been duly
qualified by the Commission. The Commission may approve judges based upon their
qualifications or may require the attendance of a mandatory seminar.
- A. The promoter must provide one licensed physician, for each event; if
the physician is called away from ringside for any reason, the event may not
continue until the physician returns ringside.
- B. The promoter must provide at least one licensed physician to conduct
pre-fight physicals. and provide a private area for the physician to perform
- C. The promoter shall ensure that at all times an ambulance and two EMT's
are present at the event; if the attending ambulance is forced to leave for any
reason, including, but not limited to transporting a participant, the event
shall not resume until the event is attended by another ambulance and two EMT's.
- D. Only the fighter; his trainer and chief seconds shall enter the fenced
off area around the ring or cage. Any other member of the contestants entourage
who enters the fenced off area for any reason shall be ejected from the event.
- A. Required Equipment
- Mouth guard.
- Open finger gloves (minimum 4 oz.) with an open palm with no insert and the
majority of the weight of the glove to be around the knuckles.
- Groin protection (male only).
- Breast protection (female).
- B. Disallowed equipment
- No Vaseline on the body;
- No shoes;
- No shirts for male contestants;
- No metal zippers on shorts.
- A. For each bout, the promoter shall provide a clean water bucket and a
clean plastic water bottle in each corner.
Specifications: Bandaging of MT Contestant's Hands
- A. In all weight classes, the bandages on each contestant's hand shall be
restricted to soft gauze cloth not more than 13 yards in length and two inches
in width, held in place by not more than 10 feet of surgeon's tape, one inch in
width, for each hand.
- B. Surgeon's adhesive tape shall be placed directly on each hand for
protection near the wrist. The tape may cross the back of the hand twice and
extend to cover and protect the knuckles when the hand is clenched to make a
- C. The bandages shall be evenly distributed across the hand.
- D. Bandages and tape shall be placed on the contestant's hands in the
dressing room in the presence of the inspector and in the presence of the
manager or chief second of his or her opponent.
- E. Under no circumstances are gloves to be placed on the hands of a
contestant until the approval of the inspector is received.
§729. Mouth Pieces
- A. All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition.
The mouthpiece shall be subject to examination and approval by the attending
- B. The round cannot begin without the mouthpiece in place.
- C. 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.
Mixed Technique Associations
- An Amateur Mixed Techniques Association (AMTA) must provide proof to the
Commission that it is either a non-profit organization certified by the State of
Louisiana or that it is approved as a non-profit organization under the
provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
- B. An AMTA shall file with the Commission rules for conducting the
organization's affairs and the conduct of its members. The rules Must include
- Establish conditions for membership;
- Provide guidelines for training its members in preparation for a contest;
- Establish a minimum training period before a contest;
- Indicate which class(es) of combative sports the AMTA will conduct;
- Require that all referees and judges participating in events conducted by
the AMTA are approved by the Commission; and,
- Establish a set of rules for determining the amateur status of each
participant in any event which the AMTA sponsors; including a method for
recording the names of all mixed technique fighters in the State of Louisiana,
both professional and amateur;
- May include provisions to:
- a. Provide for payment of actual expenses, up to a maximum of One Hundred
and No/100 for the contestants who participate in an event; and,
- b. Allow members of other AMTAs to participate as a visiting member in an
event conducted by it without the other AMTA participating in the conducted
event, so long as it ascertains that the visiting member is qualified under the
rules to be a contestant in the event.
- C. An AMTA may not conduct or participate in any event unless it has
received the Commission's written approval of rules required in subsection (b)
- D. An AMTA may not conduct or participate in an event unless it has
applied for and received approval for status as an AMTA by the commission.
- E. An AMTA shall provide insurance and pay all deductibles for
contestants, to cover medical, surgical and hospital care with a minimum limit
of $20,000 for injuries sustained while participating in a contest and $50,000
to a contestant's estate if he dies of injuries suffered while participating in
a contest. At least ten calendar days before an event the AMTA shall provide to
the Department for each event to be conducted, a certificate of insurance
showing proper coverage. The AMTA shall supply to those participating in the
event the proper information for filing a medical claim.
- F. An AMTA shall ensure that all contestants participating in contests it
conducts are amateurs.
- G. An AMTA may not allow any person who has not been a member of the AMTA
for at least thirty days to participate as a contestant in any event in which
the AMTA participates.
- H. An AMTA conducting an event shall:
- Bear all financial responsibility for the event.
- Provide the Commission with written notice of all proposed event dates,
ticket prices, and participants of the main event, at least 21 days before the
proposed event date and obtain written approval from the Commission to promote
the event prior to advertising or selling tickets.
- Provide one licensed physician, for each event; if the physician is called
away from ringside for any reason, the event may not continue until the
physician returns ringside.
- Provide at least one licensed physician to conduct pre-fight physicals.
Provide a private area for the physician to perform pre-fight examinations.
- Insure that only referees and judges approved by the Commission participate
in the event;
- Assure that no alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are in the dressing
- Ensure the safety of the contestants, officials, and spectators. a. A
sufficient number of security personnel shall be retained to maintain order.
- Ensure that the rules set forth herein below regarding equipment and gloves
that apply to a particular type of event are followed.
- Ensure that each contest is conducted as provided by the AMTA's rules
approved by the Commission.
- Ensure that each event has the appropriate equipment as described by the
AMTA's rules approved by the Department.
- Ensure that all advertising concerning an event to be conducted indicates
that it is an amateur event, and includes the name of the AMTA that will conduct
the event; and
- Ensure that at all times an ambulance and two EMT's are present at the
event; if the attending ambulance is forced to leave for any reason, including,
but not limited to transporting a participant, the event shall not resume until
the event is attended by another ambulance and two EMT's
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
Department of Economic
Boxing and Wrestling Commission
Boxing and Wrestling
(LAC 46:XI.Chapters 1, 3 and 5)
Amateur Sanctioning Bodies DO
NOT need to be NON PROFIT Companies to Sanction MMA or Kickboxing in the State
However, one can apply to be an accepted Amateur
Sanctioning body that could act independently from the rules above
This below explains these details
HOW TO QUALIFY AS AN
ACCEPTED 'AMATEUR' ORGANIZATION IN LOUISIANA
The Louisiana State Boxing
and Wrestling Commission does hereby exercise the emergency provisions of the
Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:953(b) and 49:967(D), and adopts the
following Rules. The Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission, by this
Emergency Rule, will adopt the rules of the United States Amateur Boxing, Inc.,
and/or the Golden Gloves of America pursuant to amateur boxing contestants and
events; to clarify the definitions of "amateur" and "professional"
and the corresponding rules thereto in order to ensure that a proper forum for
amateur fighters is encouraged; that amateur shows are properly advertised as
such and that amateur contestants are equally matched.
This Emergency Rule will also introduce a new chapter, Chapter
7. Mixed Technique Events, which is necessary to promote the safety of mixed
technique contestants, other participants and spectators in that it will require
participants in all mixed technique events to be under the jurisdiction of The
Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission. This new chapter will
introduce rules specific to Amateur Mixed Technique Events and Professional
Mixed Technique Events and outlines the commission's demands pertaining to
contestants, amateur or professional; rules citing the responsibility of
promoters of amateur shows, in particular, and professional mixed technique
events; bout durations; judges and referees; and the safety and ring
requirements of both.
This Emergency Rule is effective upon signature and will remain
in effect for a period of 120 days, unless renewed by the Commissioner or until
adoption of the final Rule, whichever occurs first.
PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL
Chapter 3. Professional Boxing
- A. The Commission will recognize an amateur boxing contest or exhibition
only if it is registered and sanctioned by United States Amateur Boxing, Inc.,
and/or the Golden Gloves of America as an amateur boxing contest or exhibition.
- B. An amateur boxing contest or exhibition is governed by the rules adopted
for amateur boxing contests or exhibitions by United States Amateur Boxing, Inc.
The Commission hereby adopts by reference those rules as they exist in the form
most recently adopted by United States Amateur Boxing, Inc. A copy of those
rules may be purchased for a price of $15, from United States Amateur Boxing,
Inc., One Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909. If those rules do not
cover a particular situation in an amateur boxing contest or exhibition, the
provisions of this chapter concerning unarmed combat and professional boxing
contests or exhibitions apply.
- For Additional Louisiana info Please Contact:
The ISCF and the
Approved Sanctioning Bodies For The
State Of Louisiana.