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SPS 195.02(8) (8) There may not be a difference of more than 5 pounds between weight classes from featherweight up to and including the welterweight class.
SPS 195.02(9) (9) There may not be a difference of more than 7 pounds between weight classes from middleweight up to and including the heavyweight class.
SPS 195.02 Note Note: Examples of the difference between weight classes: A fighter weighing 134 pounds in the bantamweight class may not compete against an opponent who weighs more than 137 pounds in the featherweight class. A fighter weighing 184 pounds in the middleweight class may not compete against an opponent who weighs more than 191 pounds in the light heavyweight class.
SPS 195.02(10) (10) A one pound weight variance is allowed for all weight classes.
SPS 195.02(11) (11) A contestant in the welterweight class and lower shall not lose more than 2 pounds within 1 hour. A contestant above the welterweight class shall not lose more than 3 pounds within 1 hour.
SPS 195.02(12) (12) Weight allowances between weight classes do not apply to professional mixed martial arts contestants in a title fight or amateur contest. Amateur contestants shall compete within their weight class.
SPS 195.02(13) (13) The final agreement between a contestant and a promoter shall be provided to the department no later than 4 business days before the official weigh-in.
SPS 195.02(14) (14) Contestants that fail to arrive at their report time for weigh-in will be subject to disciplinary action of a suspension of up to 60 days and an assessment of costs and forfeitures by the department.
SPS 195.02(15) (15) Contestants that fail to make their contracted weight within 2 hours of their official weigh-in will be subject to disciplinary action of a suspension of up to 60 days, an assessment of costs and forfeitures by the department, and any monetary penalties to the opposing contestant that have been negotiated in contract.
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SPS 195.02 History History: EmR1032: emerg. cr., eff. 9-1-10; CR 10-102: cr. Register April 2011 No. 664, eff. 5-1-11.
SPS 195.03 SPS 195.03 Judging and scoring.
SPS 195.03(1) (1) All bouts will be scored by 3 judges.
SPS 195.03(2) (2) The ten-point must scoring system will be the standard system of scoring a bout. The winner of the round will be awarded 10 points and the loser of the round will be awarded 9 points or less, except for the rare occasion of an even round, which is scored 10 to 10.
SPS 195.03(3) (3) Judges shall judge mixed martial art techniques, including effective striking, effective grappling, and control of the opponent, effective aggressiveness and defense.
SPS 195.03(4) (4) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed.
SPS 195.03(5) (5) Effective grappling is judged by considering the amount of successful executions of a legal takedown and reversal. Factors to consider are takedowns from the standing position to a mount position, passing the guard to the mount position, and bottom position fighters using an active threatening guard.
SPS 195.03(6) (6) Effective control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout. Factors to be considered are any of the following:
SPS 195.03(6)(a) (a) Countering a grappler's attempt at a takedown by remaining standing and legally striking.
SPS 195.03(6)(b) (b) Taking down an opponent to force a ground fight.
SPS 195.03(6)(c) (c) Creating threatening submission attempts.
SPS 195.03(6)(d) (d) Passing the guard to achieve a mount.
SPS 195.03(6)(e) (e) Creating striking opportunities.
SPS 195.03(7) (7) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing legal strikes.
SPS 195.03(8) (8) Effective defense means avoiding being struck, take down or reversals while countering with offensive strikes.
SPS 195.03 History History: EmR1032: emerg. cr., eff. 9-1-10; CR 10-102: cr. Register April 2011 No. 664, eff. 5-1-11.
SPS 195.04 SPS 195.04 Fouls.
SPS 195.04(1)(1) The referee shall issue a warning. After the initial warning a penalty will be issued. The penalty may be a deduction of points or disqualification depending on the severity of the foul. Any points deducted for any foul shall be deducted in the round in which the foul occurred.
SPS 195.04(2) (2) The referee, as soon as practical after the foul, shall call time and notify which contestant is being penalized and the total number of points the contestant is being penalized.
SPS 195.04(3) (3) If a bottom contestant commits a foul and in the referee's judgment is not in control, unless the top contestant is injured, the bout shall continue so as not to jeopardize the top contestant's superior positioning at the time.
SPS 195.04(4) (4) The referee shall verbally notify the bottom contestant of the foul.
SPS 195.04(5) (5) When the round is over, the referee shall notify the judges and the inspector of the foul and the total point deduction.
SPS 195.04(6) (6) Only the referee can assess a foul or any point deductions. Judges may not deduct points for what they interpret is a foul.
SPS 195.04(7) (7) The referee shall check the fouled contestant's condition to see if they can still participate in the contest.
SPS 195.04(8) (8) Disqualification occurs after any combination of 3 fouls or if the referee determines the foul to be flagrant.
SPS 195.04(9) (9) If an injury results that is severe enough to terminate the bout, the contestant causing the injury loses by disqualification.
SPS 195.04(10) (10) If an intentional foul causes an injury and the bout is allowed to continue, a mandatory 2-point penalty shall be assessed to the contestant committing the foul.
SPS 195.04(11) (11) If an injury sustained by a contestant as a result of an intentional foul causes the contestant to be unable to continue at a subsequent point, the injured contestant shall win by a technical decision, if they are ahead on the score cards. If the injured contestant is even or behind on the score card at the time of the stoppage, the bout shall be declared a technical draw.
SPS 195.04(12) (12) If a bout is stopped because of an unintentional foul, the referee shall determine whether the contestant who has been fouled can continue or not. If the contestant's chance of winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of the foul, and if the foul did not involve concussive impact to the head of the contestant who has been fouled, the referee may order the bout continued after a recuperative interval of not more than 5 minutes. Immediately after stopping the bout or at the end of the round, the referee shall immediately inform the inspector, commissioner, or department representative of their determination that the foul was accidental and unintentional.
SPS 195.04(13) (13) If the referee determines either from their observation or that of the ringside physician that the bout may not continue because of the injury from the unintentional foul, the bout shall be declared a no contest if the foul occurred during the first 2 rounds of a non-championship bout, or during the first 3 rounds of a championship bout.
SPS 195.04(14) (14) If an unintentional foul renders the contestant unable to continue the bout, or an injury from an intentional foul later becomes aggravated by fair blows and the referee stops the bout because of the injury, after the completion of the second round in a non-championship bout or 3-round bout, or after the completion of the third round of a championship bout or 5-round bout, the outcome shall be determined by scoring the completed rounds and the partial round at which the referee stopped the bout.
SPS 195.04(15) (15) A contestant may not be declared the winner of a bout on the basis of their claim that the opponent fouled them unintentionally by hitting them in the groin. If after a recuperative interval of not more than 5 minutes a contestant is unwilling to continue because of the claim of being hit in the groin, the bout will be declared a no contest if the second round has not been completed in a 3-round bout or the third round has not been completed in a 5-round bout.
SPS 195.04(16) (16) Types of fouls in a mixed martial arts contest include all of the following:
SPS 195.04(16)(a) (a) Butting with the head.
SPS 195.04(16)(b) (b) Eye gouging of any kind.
SPS 195.04(16)(c) (c) Biting.
SPS 195.04(16)(d) (d) Hair pulling.
SPS 195.04(16)(e) (e) Fishhooking.
SPS 195.04(16)(f) (f) Groin attacks of any kind.
SPS 195.04(16)(g) (g) Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
SPS 195.04(16)(h) (h) Small joint manipulation.
SPS 195.04(16)(i) (i) Striking to the spine or back of head.
SPS 195.04(16)(j) (j) Striking downward using the point of the elbow. Arcing elbow strikes are permitted.
SPS 195.04(16)(k) (k) Throat strikes of any kind, including grabbing the trachea.
SPS 195.04(16)(L) (L) Clawing, twisting or pinching the flesh.
SPS 195.04(16)(m) (m) Grabbing the clavicle.
SPS 195.04(16)(n) (n) Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
SPS 195.04(16)(o) (o) Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
SPS 195.04(16)(p) (p) Stomping on a grounded opponent. A contestant is considered grounded when he or she has more than just the sole of their feet on the ground. A downed opponent may kick up to all legal striking points of the body.
SPS 195.04(16)(q) (q) Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
SPS 195.04(16)(r) (r) Throwing an opponent out of the cage or fenced area.
SPS 195.04(16)(s) (s) Holding the shorts or glove of an opponent.
SPS 195.04(16)(t) (t) Spitting on an opponent.
SPS 195.04(16)(u) (u) Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
SPS 195.04(16)(v) (v) Holding the ropes or cage.
SPS 195.04(16)(w) (w) Using abusive language or illicit gestures in the cage or fenced area.
SPS 195.04(16)(x) (x) Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
SPS 195.04(16)(y) (y) Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
SPS 195.04(16)(z) (z) Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded to end the round.
SPS 195.04(16)(za) (za) Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
SPS 195.04(16)(zb) (zb) Timidity, including avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
SPS 195.04(16)(zc) (zc) Interference from anyone working the corner or corner men leaving their area.
SPS 195.04(16)(zd) (zd) Any act in the judgment of the referee that is detrimental and places an opponent at a disadvantage.
SPS 195.04(16)(ze) (ze) Spiking.
SPS 195.04(17) (17) Illegal strikes to the back of the head, resulting in a foul, include strikes in the nape of the neck area up until the top of the ears and strikes in the Mohawk area from the top of the ears to the crown of the head, or the area where the head begins to curve in accordance with the Association of Boxing Commission's uniform rules of mixed martial arts.
SPS 195.04(18) (18) The following actions are additional fouls for amateur mixed martial arts contestants:
SPS 195.04(18)(a) (a) Elbow or forearm strikes to the head or torso at any time. Elbow strikes to the limbs are acceptable.
SPS 195.04(18)(b) (b) Knee strikes to the head at any time.
SPS 195.04(18)(c) (c) Neck cranks or any hold that places a contestant's neck in jeopardy from a crank is illegal.
SPS 195.04(18)(d) (d) Heel hooks.
SPS 195.04(18)(e) (e) Toe holds.
SPS 195.04(18)(f) (f) Striking against the knees including all strikes to or around the knee joint.
SPS 195.04 History History: EmR1032: emerg. cr., eff. 9-1-10; CR 10-102: cr. Register April 2011 No. 664, eff. 5-1-11.
SPS 195.05 SPS 195.05 Mouthpiece. All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition. The round may not begin without the mouthpiece. If the mouthpiece is dislodged during competition, the referee will call time and have the mouthpiece replaced at the first opportune moment, without interfering with the immediate action. The referee may deduct points if it is judged the mouthpiece is being purposely spit out.
SPS 195.05 History History: EmR1032: emerg. cr., eff. 9-1-10; CR 10-102: cr. Register April 2011 No. 664, eff. 5-1-11.
SPS 195.06 SPS 195.06 Appearance and attire.
SPS 195.06(1) (1) Male contestants shall wear a groin protector which will protect them against injury from a foul blow.
SPS 195.06(2) (2) Female contestants may wear groin and breast protectors.
SPS 195.06(3) (3) Each contestant shall wear mixed martial arts shorts, biking shorts, or kickboxing shorts. Shorts shall be approved by the inspector or department representative.
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