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09.14.16.00.htm 09.14.16.00. Title 09 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Subtitle 14 STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION Chapter 16 Mixed Martial Arts―Professional Authority: Business Regulation Article, §4-205 and 4-301, Annotated Code of Maryland
09.14.16.01.htm 09.14.16.01. 01 Applicable Boxing Regulations.. Unless otherwise indicated, the regulations in this subtitle pertaining to the sport of boxing shall apply to the sport of professional mixed martial arts.
09.14.16.02.htm 09.14.16.02. 02 Weights and Classes.. A. The Commission recognizes the following weights and classes in professional mixed martial arts:. 1) Flyweight―up to 125 pounds;. 2) Bantamweight―over 125 pounds to 135 pounds;. 3) Featherweight―over 135 pounds to 145 pounds;. 4) Lightweight―over 145 pounds to 155 pounds;. 5) Welterweight―over 155 pounds to 170 pounds;. 6) Middleweight―over 170 pounds to 185 pounds;. 7) Light heavyweight―over 185 pounds to 205 pounds;.
09.14.16.03.htm 09.14.16.03. 03 Mixed Martial Arts Contestant Equipment.. A. General. Each mixed martial arts contestant shall use the equipment, and in the manner, specified in this regulation.B. Hand Wraps. For all weight classes, the hand wraps shall be:. 1) Soft gauze cloth not more than 13 yards long and 2 inches wide, distributed evenly across the hand;2) Held in place by not more than 10 feet of surgeon's tape, 1 inch wide, for each hand, which shall:
09.14.16.04.htm 09.14.16.04. 04 Proper Attire and Appearance.. A. A mixed martial arts contestant, during a contest:. 1) Shall wear shorts approved by the Commission;. 2) May wear one or more neoprene sleeves without taping;. 3) May not be taped on any part of the body other than in a hand-wrap as described in Regulation .03B of this chapter; and4) May not wear shoes or any padding on the feet.. B. A mixed martial arts contestant shall have properly trimmed fingernails and toenails..
09.14.16.05.htm 09.14.16.05. 05 Fighting Area.. A. A mixed martial arts contest shall be held in a ring or in a fenced area.. B. A ring used for a contest of mixed martial arts shall meet the following requirements:. 1) The ring may not be smaller than 20 feet square and may not be larger than 32 feet square within the ropes;2) The ring floor shall:. a) Extend at least 18 inches beyond the ropes;. b) Be padded with ensolite or another similar closed-cell foam, with at least a 1-inch layer of foam
09.14.16.06.htm 09.14.16.06. 06 Video Screens.. The promoter of a mixed martial arts contest shall hang at least two video screens that:. A. Allow spectators and judges to view the action inside the ring or fenced area from an overhead perspective; andB. Meet the approval of the Commission..
09.14.16.07.htm 09.14.16.07. 07 Rounds.. A. A nonchampionship contest of mixed martial arts may not exceed three rounds in duration.. B. A championship contest of mixed martial arts shall be five rounds in duration.. C. Unless otherwise approved by the Commission, each round in a mixed martial arts contest shall be 5 minutes in duration with a 1-minute rest period between each round.D. The total number of rounds and the total number of mixed martial arts contests a promoter is authorized to schedule shall
09.14.16.08.htm 09.14.16.08. 08 Referee.. The referee shall be:. A. The sole arbiter of a mixed martial arts contest; and. B. Other than the senior ringside physician, the only individual authorized to:. 1) Enter the fighting area at any time during the competition; and. 2) Stop a contest..
09.14.16.09.htm 09.14.16.09. 09 Method of Judging.. A. All mixed martial arts contests shall be evaluated and scored by three judges.. B. The 10-Point Must System shall be the standard system of scoring a mixed martial arts contest where:1) The winner of each round receives 10 points and the opponent proportionately less;. 2) If a round is even, each mixed martial arts contestant receives 10 points; and. 3) Fractions of points may not be awarded..
09.14.16.10.htm 09.14.16.10. 10 Fouls.. A. A mixed martial arts contestant who flagrantly or repeatedly commits a foul may be:. 1) Disqualified in a contest by the referee; and. 2) Subject to disciplinary action by the Commission.. B. The following acts are fouls and may result in penalties:. 1) Butting with the head;. 2) Eye gouging of any kind;. 3) Biting or spitting at an opponent;. 4) Hair pulling;. 5) Fish hooking;. 6) Groin attacks of any kind;. 7) Intentionally placing a finger in any opponent'
09.14.16.11.htm 09.14.16.11. 11 Injuries Sustained During Competition.. A. If an injury sustained during competition as a result of a legal maneuver is severe enough to terminate a contest, the injured mixed martial arts contestant shall lose by a technical knockout.B. If an injury sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul is severe enough to terminate a contest, the mixed martial arts contestant causing the injury shall be disqualified.C. If an injury is sustained during competition as
09.14.16.12.htm 09.14.16.12. 12 Results of a Contest.. A mixed martial arts contest may end under any of the following results:. A. Knockout, by the failure of a mixed martial arts contestant to rise from the canvas;. B. Technical knockout, by the referee or ringside physician determining that a mixed martial arts contestant is unable to continue the contest;C. Submission by tap-out when a mixed martial arts contestant:.
09.14.16.9999.htm 09.14.16.9999. Administrative History: Effective date: July 6, 2009 (36:13 Md. R. 898).
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