UFCF MUAY THAI RULES

AMATUER – NOVICE & A CLASS

Classifications:

Muay Thai competitors are classified based on U.F.C.F. Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, and other martial experience. The following guidelines may be over ridden based on the above listed experience & skill.

Novice class: 0 - 3 fights
A class: 3 + fights with 2 or more wins at Novice class.

Required safety gear & uniform
Safety Gear:

UFCF approved 12oz gloves all classes.
Approved shin n instep pads for Novice class ( pull on type )
Approved knee pads (Novice class)
Cup
Mouthguard,
Taping of hands is mandatory, tape and gauze only, no tape over knuckles. No other taping is allowed without prior approval. Hand wraps must be approved and signed by a UFCF official prior to ring entry.

Uniform:

- Muay Thai trunks, board shorts or MMA trunks.
- Knee pads for novice class.
- Shin n instep for novice class. ( pull on type ) pads must be approved for thickness and density as well as proper fit. They must provide maximum softness with enough density so that when a thumb is pressed into them the shin and knee bones cannot be felt through them with strong pressure applied. Pads must fit snugly so that they will not easily pull down or move around during competition.
- Fighters must wear a cup. If the fighter wears an outer cup it must cover only the groin & lower bladder area, it cannot extend out around the hip area. Outer cups must be approved.

  • - UFCF approved gloves required (12oz)

Length of matches:

Novice & A class:

3 rounds. Rounds will be 3 minutes. There will be a 60 second rest interval between the rounds.

Title fights:

5 rounds. All rounds will be 3 minutes each. There will be a 60 second rest interval between the rounds.


Illegal Techniques
A & novice class:

- Head butts are illegal
- Striking the back of the head or spine is illegal
- Punches that do not land on the padded portion of the glove are illegal.
- Striking with the elbows and forearms is illegal
- Groin strikes are illegal
- Striking the throat is illegal
- Thumbing the eyes is illegal
- Biting is illegal
- Any takedown other than sweeps is illegal.
- Grabbing the ring ropes or corner pads is illegal
- Stomping and straight kicks to the side and or front of the knee are illegal
- Knee strikes to the face are illegal
- Fighters may not use any slippery substance on their body such as vaseline or lineament.



Legal Techniques:

- Punching the legal targets of the head, body and legs.
- Kicking the legs, body and head is legal
- Sweeps are legal (with exceptions noted in illegal techniques section)
- Knee strikes to body and legs are legal (while both standing)


Stalemate:


If the action slows or ceases, the referee will give the following commands:
“Action”, "Fight".

After hearing one of these commands, the fighters must immediately make an effort to obey the command.  If the command is given but not followed, then the referee will warn the fighters.  Any excessive stalling will be penalized by a yellow card and deduction from the judges.

Restart:

When action slows or halts in the clinch, the referee will command, "Stop", "break". Fighters must stop and break while protecting themselves.


Methods of victory :


- win by K.O.
- win by T.K.O.
- win by decision
- win by referee's stoppage of match
- Win by opponents’ disqualification

Referee's role:

The UFCF referee has complete control of the match and may only be overridden by the chairman. Protests must be carried out with the UFCF event official or chairman and not in the ring during the bout.

Counting over the fighter:

In the case of a knockdown, the referee will instruct the standing fighter to go to the neutral corner and will then pick the count up from the timekeeper. after reaching the count of 8, the referee will determine if the fighter has regained his faculties and ask the fighter to step forward to test his balance and answer whether he wants to continue. If the referee determines that the fighter is not fit to continue upon the 8 count, he will continue to 10 and wave the fight off. If the referee determines that the fighter is not fit or unwilling to continue after the fighter steps forward and responds to his question, then the referee will waive the fight off.


Disqualification

- Intentional use of any illegal technique will result in immediate disqualification
- Any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification.

Methods of victory defined
K.O. (knockout)

- If a fighter is knocked down and is not responding properly, then the referee will declare a KO.


T.K.O.

- A T.K.O. is registered when the referee deems that one fighter is in danger of receiving excessive damage if they continue in the match, in this case the referee will award the other fighter a T.K.O. victory.


Decision

Unanimous decision - All 3 judges award a victory to the same combatant.

Majority decision - Two judges award a victory to the same person and the third judge awards a draw or one judge awards a victory to one person and the other two judges call a draw.

Split decision - Two judges award a decision to one combatant and the other judge awards a decision to the other combatant.

Draw – 2 or more judges award a draw. Or one judge awards a decision to one fighter while the second judge awards a decision to the opposing fighter and the third judge awards a draw.

Referee's stoppage of the match

- The referee will consider both combatants safety at all times and may stop the match and award a victory to the appropriate combatant if he feels that the other combatant's safety is in danger and or injury is eminent and forth coming.

Weigh Ins:

Public weigh-ins will be conducted by a UFCF official from 22-26 hours prior to the event’s scheduled start time.

Those weighing in 22-26 hours prior to the event start time must make the agreed weight with no allowance.

Same Day weigh-in for those that did not weigh-in, or did not make weight at the first weigh in, will be conducted from 8-3 hours prior to the event start time. Those who weigh-in same day and are not in a title match, will have an overage allowance as follows:

135 + 3 lbs

155 + 4 lbs

170 + 4.5 lbs

185 + 5 lbs

205 + 6 lbs

For contracted (agreed) weights other than those weights listed above, you will be allowed the listed allowance that is closest to the listed weight above.

Pre Fight Physicals:

All fighters must have a pre-fight physical from 5-2 hours prior to the first bout scheduled start time.

Rules Meeting:

All fighters must attend the rules meeting scheduled from 28-2 hours prior to the first bout scheduled start time.

*Remember to bring your trunks, cup, and mouthguard. You will be provided with a pair of gloves from the promoter to use during the match.

Novice fighters must bring the required, pull on shin and instep-guards and knee pads.


ADDITIONAL MUAY THAI RULES:

FLASH KNOCKDOWNS:

In TRUE Muay Thai as with these rules, FLASH KNOCKDOWNS where the knocked down fighter rises up immediately after being knocked down are usually not counted as knockdowns with a standing 8 count.
HOWEVER, if the fighter is "ROCKED" by the shot taken, the referee can make the decision to give an 8 count if he/she feels necessary, no matter how fast the fighter rises after the fall.

NO HIP THROWS:

Over the hip throws such as in Japanese arts like Judo, Jutitsu, Karate, Sambo, or San Shou are illegal. You can NOT use the hip or shoulder to throw an opponent in any kind of judo throw or reap. No stepping across, or in front of, your opponents leg with your leg and bringing your opponent over your hip.

NECK WRESTLING:

If in a clinch with arms around each others shoulder, as to deliver or defend from an elbow strike, twisting the opponent using the upper body in such a way that you will fall to the ground is allowed. By using neck and shoulder manipulation, you can spin and throw/dump an opponent to the canvas without using any part of your body as a barrier. This is fully legal.

PLOWING:

Fighters are allowed to catch their opponents leg and take 1 step forward. After 1 step, the fighter holding the leg must STRIKE before taking a second step or more or let go! You can not hold a leg and charge an opponent to the ropes. You can "dump" a person if you catch their leg and throw it back towards them causing them to fall backwards but must do so within 2 steps (see previous). You can also catch under their knee while they are doing a swing knee and topple them over backwards but must do so within 2 steps (see previous).

ILLEGAL TRIP:

If you position your foot next to your opponent and twist them over your foot you must clear the leg as your opponent falls or it is an illegal trip. An athlete CAN spin or pull an opponent over the inside or outside of the leg and dump him on the ground. However the leg being used to manipulate and dump the opponent to the ground can NOT stay in that position as the opponent goes to the floor. If it is set and stays in that position, that too is an illegal throw (tripping). In other words, the leg must clear immediately after the opponent is pulled or tripped over the knee. Clear means that the leg must be moved out of the way BEFORE the opponent hits the canvas. This means skipping the leg or slightly jumping to the side (as long as it is moved from the original position). Strangely, this means an athlete can trip over a leg but must move the tripping leg while the opponent falls to the ground, or it will be deemed illegal and called a trip.

SWEEPING:

Sweeps (With instep of foot) are allowed, a fighter may "KICK" his/her opponents supporting leg with the top of their foot or shin.

LIFTING:

You can NOT in any way lift an opponent off of the ground to throw them. Common to see an athlete clinch their opponent around the waist, lift their opponent off the canvas and then twist and throw them around to the side and onto the canvas. This is illegal and points could be deducted of continues use this move.

- Direct (Side Kick Style) kicks to the front of a fighters legs are NOT ALLOWED.

- Clinching is allowed as long as 1 fighter is ACTIVE WITHIN the clinch. If there is inactivity for a period of 3 seconds, the referee will break the fighters.

- Taking an opponent around the waist with both arms and twisting them off balance so they will fall is legal.

- Stepping on a fallen opponent is illegal. Commonly one sees an athlete twist and pull an opponent over the side of their body (and then land on top), this is illegal.

- It is considered an Intentional foul is when a fighter plans, with the sole intention, of falling on top of their opponent to either strike with their knee or to intentionally hurt their opponent, by making it look like an accident.

-If a fighter falls from the ring through the ropes, the referee will pause the bout and send the other fighter to the neutral corner while the fallen fighter re-enters the ring. The referee will resume the action when both fighters are in the neutral corners.