Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bellator Fighting Championship Rules and Regulations

Bellator Fighting Championship Rules and Regulations

I figured I'd start collecting rules and regulations for all the major promotions, since I was just on the Bellator site, I figured I'd start with them.

Weight classes:
  • Featherweight – over 135 lbs. to 145 lbs.
  • Lightweight - over 145 lbs. to 155 lbs.
  • Welterweight - over 155 lbs. to 170 lbs.
  • Middleweight - over 170 lbs. to 185 lbs.
  • Light Heavyweight - over 185 lbs. to 205 lbs.
  • Heavyweight - over 205 lbs. to 265 lbs.

Bout duration:
  • All non-championship bouts will consist of three (3) five-minute rounds.
  • The period between each round will consist of one minute of rest.

Ways To Win:
  1. Submission by physical or verbal tap out.
  2. Technical knockout by the referee stopping the contest.
  3. Decision via the scorecards, including:
    • Unanimous decision [all judges pick the same fighter as the winner].
    • Split decision [One judge picks one fighter, the other two judges pick the other fighter].
    • Majority decision [two of three judges pick the same fighter as the winner].
  4. Draw, including:
    • Unanimous draw.
    • Majority draw.
    • Split draw.
  5. Technical decision.
  6. Technical draw.
  7. Disqualification.
  8. Forfeit.
  9. No contest.
Referee may restart the round:
If the fighters reach a stalemate and do not work to improve position or finish.

  1. Head-butting
  2. Eye gouging
  3. Biting
  4. Hair pulling
  5. Fish-hooking
  6. Groin strikes
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent
  8. Small joint manipulation (fingers, toes, etc.)
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow
  11. Throat strikes of any kind
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
  13. Grabbing the clavicle
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
  21. Spitting at an opponent
  22. Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent
  23. Holding the fence
  24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area
  25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break
  26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat
  28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee
  29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
  30. Interference by the corner
  31. Throwing in the towel during competition

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