are fouls and will result in penalties if committed:
1. Butting with the head;
2. Eye gouging of any kind;
3. Biting or spitting at an
5. Fish hooking;
6. Groin attacks of any kind;
7. Intentionally placing a finger in any
pointing of elbow strikes;
10. Strikes to
the spine or back of the head;
Heel kicks to the kidney;
Throat strikes of any kind;
Clawing, pinching, twisting the flesh or grabbing the clavicle;
14. Kicking the head of a grounded
15. Kneeing the head of a
16. Stomping of a
17. The use of
abusive language in fighting area;
18. Any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes
an injury to opponent;
Attacking an opponent on or during the break;
20. Attacking an opponent who is under the
referee's care at the time;
Timidity (avoiding contact, or consistent dropping of mouthpiece, or faking an
22. Interference from a
mixed martial artist's seconds;
Throwing an opponent out of the fighting area;
24. Flagrant disregard of the referee's
25. Spiking an
opponent to the canvas on his or her head or neck.
(b) Disqualification occurs after any
combination of three or the fouls listed in (a) above or after a referee
determines that a foul was intentional and flagrant.
(c) Fouls will result in a point being
deducted by the official scorekeeper from the offending mixed martial artist's
(d) Only a referee can
assess a foul. If the referee does not call the foul, judges shall not make
that assessment on their own and cannot factor such into their scoring
(e) A fouled fighter
has up to five minutes to recuperate.
If a foul is committed, the referee
1. call time;
2. check the fouled mixed martial artist's
condition and safety; and
the foul to the offending contestant, deduct points, and notify each corner's
seconds, judges and the official scorekeeper.
If a bottom contestant commits a foul,
unless the top contestant is injured, the fight shall continue, so as not to
jeopardize the top contestant's superior positioning at the time.
1. The referee shall verbally notify the
bottom contestant of the foul.
When the round is over, the referee shall assess the foul and notify both
corners' seconds, the judges and the official scorekeeper.
3. The referee may terminate a bout based on
the severity of a foul. For such a flagrant foul, a contestant shall lose by