Rules of the Hexagon - EFC Rules

     EFC World Wide, is Africa’s premier Mixed Martial Arts organization. With fighters from all over the world, EFC is fast becoming a global force,reaching audiences in Africa, Europe and North America. Global viewership is estimated to be in the millions. Since the inception of the organization in November 2009, EFC now contracts over 120 of Africa’s top MMA fighters, with ten events held annually throughout South Africa. Though many people believe MMA is a barbaric, no holds barred sport, there are rules held in place, to keep fighters safe. Let’s take a look these rules.

·        Butting with the head.
·        Eye gouging of any kind.
·        Biting.
·        Hair pulling.
·        Fish hooking (inserting your fingers in your opponent’s mouth or nostril and pulling with intent to harm your opponent).
·        Groin attacks of any kind.
·        Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
·        Small joint manipulation (e.g. trying to break a finger or toe).
·        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 trachea.
·        Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
·        Grabbing the clavicle (collar bone).
·        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 your opponent onto is head or neck with force).
·        Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
·        Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
·        Spitting at an opponent.
·        Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury to an opponent.
·        Holding the ropes or the fence.
·        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 unarmed combat.
·        Flagrantly (obvious) disregard 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 completion.

Now that we familiarized ourselves with the rules of the sport, let’s look at the ways you can win a fight.

1.     Submission by:
·        Physical tap out.
·        Verbal tap out.

2.     Technical knockout (TKO) 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, the final judge says the fight was a draw).

4.     Draw, including:
·        Unanimous draw.
·        Majority draw.
·        Split draw.

5.     Technical decision.

6.     Technical draw.

 7.     Disqualification.

 8.     Forfeit.

 9.     No Contest.

 I hope this insight into the rules were able to give you a better understanding in the do’s and don’ts of our wonderful sport. 

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Until next time, stay safe and God bless.

     Article by : Darren McLean
     Sponsored by : Commu Print, Lethal Edge MMA


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