Each professional bare-knuckle fighting (BKF) contest, also
known as a professional bare-knuckle boxing contest, shall be conducted in
accordance with this regulation.
Each bout of professional BKF shall consist of at least four rounds but no more
than 12 rounds. Each round shall be no more than two minutes in length, with a
one-minute rest period between rounds.
(b) No professional BKF bout shall be
advertised or promoted as a championship bout unless the commission
specifically approves the bout as a championship bout.
(c) A BKF contestant shall not participate in
a boxing, BKF, kickboxing, karate, or mixed martial arts bout in Kansas for at
least seven days following a previous bout in Kansas or in any other
(d) A BKF contestant
whose license is currently suspended or has been revoked by the commission or
any other athletic commission, domestic or foreign, shall not participate in
any bout in Kansas until the suspension is lifted or until the license is
(e) If a bout is deemed
by the commission to be a mismatch that could expose one or both contestants to
serious injury based on the record, experience, skill, or condition of each of
the contestants, the bout shall be disapproved and cancelled by the
The schedule of
weight classifications shall be as follows:
| (1) Atomweight
| over 105 and through 115 pounds
| (2) Strawweight
| over 115 and through 125 pounds
| (3) Flyweight
| over 125 and through 135 pounds
| (4) Bantamweight
| over 135 and through 145 pounds
| (5) Featherweight
| over 145 and through 155 pounds
| (6) Lightweight
| over 155 and through 165 pounds
| (7) Welterweight (8) Middleweight
| over 165 and through 175 pounds over 175 and through 185
| (9) Light heavyweight
| over 185 and through 200 pounds
| (10) Cruiserweight
| over 200 and through 225 pounds
| (11) Heavyweight
| over 225 and through 265 pounds
| (12) Super heavyweight
| over 265 pounds
Each contestant shall be weighed by the commissioner or the commissioner's
designee within 48 hours before the contest. During the weigh-in, each male
contestant shall have only his body on the scale, without any attire or
equipment, but any female contestant may wear shorts and a top. If a
contestant's weight does not fall within the range for the weight
classification of the contested weight in which the contestant is scheduled to
compete, the contestant shall be reweighed within two hours. If the
contestant's weight still does not fall within the range for that weight
category, the contestant may be disqualified by the commissioner for the safety
of both contestants.
contestant may be required by the commission to be reweighed one additional
time if doubt concerning the contestant's actual weight exists.
For each contestant whose weight exceeds
the maximum amount, one or more of the following may be required as determined
by the commission:
(1) The contestant shall be
allowed to lose up to two pounds of the contestant's existing weight.
(2) The contestant shall forfeit a portion of
(3) The contestant shall
forfeit the contest.
Each subsequent weigh-in shall be conducted at the venue of the event before
the commencement of the event, as directed by the commission. Any contestant or
the contestant's designee may be present to witness the weigh-in of the
(k) Each contestant shall
fight only opponents who are in the contestant's weight classification. A bout
between two contestants in different weight classifications may be approved by
the commission if the difference between the weights of the two contestants
does not exceed nine pounds, except for heavyweights and super
(l) After the time of
the weigh-in, weight loss in excess of two pounds of the weight that the
contestant had at the weigh-in shall not be permitted and shall not occur later
than one hour after the contestant's initial weigh-in.
(m) Contestants scheduled to compete against
one another may mutually agree to waive the requirements of subsection (i).
This agreement shall be evidenced by a provision in the respective bout
agreement and initialed by the contestants. The provision shall also provide
notice to the contestants that there will be no restriction as to the amount of
weight that the opponent may put on after the initial weigh-in and before the
(n) A one-pound
allowance in the weight agreed upon in the bout agreement may be allowed by the
commission. The one-pound allowance shall still be within the weight limits
specified in subsection (f). No allowance shall be made for a championship
(o) A contestant who is
required to appear at the specified time and place to be examined and weighed
shall not leave the designated area without permission of the commission before
the weigh-in or the physical examination.
(p) For each failure to make weight as
specified in this regulation, the contestant may be subject to discipline or
imposition of a civil penalty.
If a contestant is unable due to illness to take part in a contest or
exhibition in which the contestant has agreed to fight, the contestant shall
immediately report the fact to the commission and, if requested by the
commission, shall submit to an examination by a physician. The fee for the
physician's examination shall be paid by the promoter if an examination is
requested. Otherwise, the fee shall be paid by the contestant.
(r) The weight of each contestant or the
classification in which each contestant will compete, or both, shall be
announced at ringside.
contestant's equipment shall meet the following requirements:
The contestant's hands may be wrapped
with gauze and tape that end no closer than 1 V4 inch from the contestant's
knuckles. The wrap shall include the wrist and may extend up to three inches
past the junction of the wrist bone.
may be applied to the wrist, palm of the hand, back of the hand, and thumb. The
length of gauze used shall not exceed 15 feet per hand.
(B) Tape may be applied to the wrist, palm of
the hand, back of the hand, and thumb. The tape shall not be greater than one
inch in width and shall not exceed 10 feet in length per hand.
(2) Each bandage of the contestant
shall be applied in the presence of both an inspector and the other
(3) Each hand wrapping
placed on a contestant shall be examined and approved by an inspector. Each
approved hand wrap shall be initialed by the inspector who examined it. The
opponent may be present.
contestant may witness the bandaging and hand wrapping of the other contestant.
A contestant may waive witnessing the bandaging or hand wrapping of the
contestant shall wear BKF-appropriate attire and protective devices, including
a dental appliance or mouthpiece that has been individually fitted to the
contestant and approved by the commissioner. Each male contestant shall wear a
protective cup. Each contestant shall wear an abdominal protector that protects
the contestant against injury from a foul blow. The abdominal protector shall
not cover or extend above the umbilicus. Each female contestant shall wear a
protective pelvic girdle and either a plastic breast protector or a sport
(6) The belt of the shorts
shall not extend above the waistline. Shorts shall be without pockets or
openings and shall be subject to approval by the chief inspectors.
(7) Contestants shall not use any cosmetics
when competing in the contest or exhibition.
(8) The inspector shall determine whether
head or facial hair presents any hazard to the safety of a contestant or
contestant's opponent or will interfere with the supervision of the contest or
exhibition. A contestant shall not compete in the contest or exhibition unless
the circumstances creating the hazard or potential interference are corrected
to the satisfaction of the inspector.
(9) A contestant shall not wear any jewelry
or any piercing accessories when competing in the contest or
(10) The contestants'
fingernails and thumbnails shall not extend past the tip of the fingers and
(11) Only Vaseline® or
a similar petroleum-based product may be lightly applied to the face, arms, or
any other exposed part of a contestant's body.
(t) Before starting a bout, the referee shall
ascertain from each contestant the name of the contestant's chief second.
Before each bout, the referee shall call together both contestants and their
chief seconds for final instructions.
(u) No person other than the contestants and
the referee shall enter the ring during a bout. A second or manager shall not
stand or engage in any distracting actions while the bout is in progress. For
each contestant's seconds and manager, a combined total of two warnings for
violating any requirement of this subsection shall result in the removal of the
seconds and manager from the ringside area, and any licensee may be subject to
disciplinary action or civil penalty.
(v) Each preliminary contestant shall be
ready to enter the ring immediately after the end of the preceding bout. Any
contestant who is not ready to immediately proceed when called and, as a
result, causes a delay may be subject to disciplinary action or civil
(w) Before the referee
requests the physician to aid or examine a contestant, the referee shall direct
the timekeeper to stop the clock until otherwise directed by the
All serious cuts or
injuries to either contestant shall be treated by the physician. The physician
shall determine whether to continue the bout as follows:
(1) The physician may enter the ring if
requested by the referee to examine an injury to a contestant.
(2) If serious cuts or injuries to either
contestant occur, the referee shall summon the physician, who shall aid the
contestant and decide if the bout will be stopped. The final authority to
determine whether to continue the bout shall rest with the physician.
(3) If the physician determines that a
contestant who is cut or injured by legal blows cannot continue, the referee
shall announce that the cut or injured contestant loses by a technical
The referee may
request that the attending physician examine a contestant during the bout. The
physician may order the referee to stop the bout. The referee shall then render
the appropriate decision regarding the outcome of the bout in accordance with
(5) Except at the
request of the physician, no manager or second shall be permitted to aid a
If a contestant loses a dental appliance or mouthpiece during a round, the
referee may call a time-out. If the referee calls a time-out for this reason,
the referee shall direct the contestant's second to replace the dental
appliance or mouthpiece.
a contestant may resume competing after having been knocked down or having
fallen or slipped to the floor of the ring, the referee shall wipe the hands of
the contestant with a damp towel or the referee's shirt.
A contestant shall be deemed to be down
when either of the following occurs:
part of the contestant's body other than the feet is on the floor.
(2) The contestant is hanging over the ropes
without the ability to protect that contestant, and the contestant cannot fall
to the floor.
a contestant is knocked down, the referee shall order the opponent to retire to
the farthest neutral corner of the ring by pointing to the corner and shall
immediately begin the count over the downed contestant. The referee shall
audibly announce the passing of the seconds and accompany the count with
motions of the referee's arm, with the downward motion indicating the end of
(cc) The timekeeper,
by signaling, shall give the referee the correct one-second interval for the
referee's count. The referee's count shall be the official count. Once the
referee picks up the count from the timekeeper, the timekeeper shall cease
counting. No contestant who is knocked down may be allowed to resume competing
until the referee has finished counting to 10. The contestant may take the
count either on the floor or standing.
(dd) If the opponent fails to stay in the
farthest corner, the referee shall cease counting until the contestants have
returned to their corners. The referee shall then resume the count from the
point at which the count was interrupted. If the contestant who is down arises
before the count of 10, the referee may step between the contestants long
enough to assure the referee that the contestant who has just arisen is in a
condition to continue. If so assured, the referee shall, without loss of time,
order both contestants to continue the contest or exhibition. During the
intervention by the referee, the striking of a blow by either contestant may be
ruled a foul.
(ee) When a
contestant is knocked out, the referee shall perform a full 10-second count
unless, in the judgment of the referee, the safety of the contestant would be
jeopardized by such a count. If the contestant who is knocked down is still
down when the referee calls a count of 10, the referee shall wave both arms to
indicate that the downed contestant has been knocked out.
(ff) If both contestants go down at the same
time, the count shall continue as long as one contestant is still down. If both
contestants remain down until the count of 10, the contest or exhibition shall
be stopped and the decision shall be a technical draw.
(gg) If a contestant is down and the referee
is in the process of counting at the end of a round, the bell indicating the
end of a round shall not be sounded, but the bell shall be sounded as soon as
the downed contestant stands up.
(hh) When a contestant has been knocked down
before the normal termination of a round and the round is terminated before the
contestant has arisen from the floor of the ring, the referee's count shall
continue. If the contestant who is down fails to arise before the count of 10,
the contestant shall be considered to have lost the contest or exhibition by a
knockout in the round that just concluded.
(ii) If a legal blow struck in the final
seconds of a round causes a contestant to go down after the bell has sounded,
that knockdown shall be regarded as having occurred during the round just ended
and the appropriate count shall continue.
(jj) If a knockdown occurs before the normal
termination of a round and the downed contestant stands up before the count of
10 is reached and then falls down immediately without being struck, the referee
shall resume the count from the point at which the count was left
Any contest or exhibition
may be adjudged a technical knockout to the credit of the winner if the contest
or exhibition is terminated because a contestant meets any of the following
(1) Is unable to
(2) is not honestly
(3) is injured;
(4) is disqualified.
(ll) Each contest or exhibition
that is won by other than a full count of 10 or the scoring of the judges shall
be adjudged a technical knockout to the credit of the winner.
(mm) A referee may count a contestant out if
the contestant is on the floor or being held up by the ropes.
(nn) Each contestant who has been knocked out
shall be kept lying down until the contestant has recovered. If a contestant is
knocked out, only the referee and the physician may touch the contestant. The
referee shall remove the injured contestant's mouthpiece and stay with the
contestant until the physician enters the ring, personally attends to the
contestant, and issues any necessary instructions to the contestant's
Each of the following
tactics or actions shall be an intentional foul:
(1) Hitting an opponent below the
(2) hitting an opponent who
is down or is getting up after being down;
(3) holding an opponent with one hand and
hitting the opponent with the other hand;
(4) holding an opponent or deliberately
maintaining a clinch;
or kicking an opponent;
striking an opponent who is helpless as the result of blows but is supported by
the ropes and does not fall;
butting an opponent with the head, shoulder, knee, or elbow;
(8) hitting an opponent with the back of the
hand, with the butt of the hand, with the wrist or the elbow, or with pivot
blows or spinning back fists;
going down without being hit;
striking an opponent's body over the kidneys;
(11) hitting an opponent on the back of the
head or neck;
(12) gouging an
(13) using abusive
language in the ring;
during a break, which is signaled by the referee's command or physical act to
separate two contestants;
hitting an opponent after the bell has sounded, ending the round;
(16) using the ropes to gain an advantage
over an opponent;
(17) pushing an
opponent around the ring or into the ropes;
(18) showing timidity, including
intentionally spitting out the mouthpiece;
(19) biting an opponent;
(20) putting a finger into any orifice of an
opponent or into any cut or laceration on an opponent;
(21) pulling an opponent's hair;
(22) manipulating an opponent's fingers;
(23) engaging in any other
action not described in this subsection that is deemed an intentional foul by
the referee on the basis that the action poses a danger to the safety of either
contestant, impedes fair and competitive play, or is unsportsmanlike.
(1) If a contestant fouls the opponent during
a contest or exhibition or commits any other infraction, the referee may
penalize the contestant by deducting points from contestant's score, whether or
not the foul or infraction was intentional. The referee may determine the
number of points to be deducted in each instance and shall base the
determination on the severity of the foul or infraction and its effect upon the
(2) If the referee
determines that it is necessary to deduct one or more points because of a foul
or infraction, the referee shall warn the offender of the penalty to be
(3) The referee shall, as
soon as is practical after the foul, notify the judges and both contestants of
the number of points, if any, to be deducted from the score of the
(4) Each point to be
deducted for any foul or infraction shall be deducted in the round in which the
foul or infraction occurred. These points shall not be deducted from the score
in any subsequent round.
(qq) A contestant shall not be declared the
winner of a contest or exhibition on the basis of that contestant's claim that
the opponent committed a foul by hitting the contestant below the belt. If a
contestant falls to the floor of the ring or otherwise indicates that the
contestant is unwilling to continue because of an overruled claim of a low
blow, the contest or exhibition shall be declared to be a technical knockout in
favor of the contestant who is willing to continue.
(rr) Any contestant guilty of a foul in a
contest or exhibition may be disqualified by the referee, and the contestant's
purse may be withheld by the commission. Disposition of the purse and the
penalty to be imposed upon the contestant shall be determined by the
(ss) If the referee
determines that a contest or exhibition shall not continue because of an injury
caused by an intentional foul, the contestant who committed the intentional
foul shall lose by disqualification.
(tt) If the referee determines that a contest
or exhibition may continue despite an injury caused by an intentional foul, the
contestant who committed the intentional foul shall lose by
If an injury
caused by an intentional foul results in the contest or exhibition being
stopped in a later round, one of the following shall apply:
(1) The injured contestant shall win by
technical decision if that individual is ahead on the scorecards.
(2) The contest or exhibition shall be
declared a technical draw if the injured contestant is behind or even on the
(vv) If a
contestant is injured while attempting to foul the contestant's opponent, the
referee shall not take any action in the contestant's favor and the injury
shall be treated the same as an injury produced by a fair blow.
(ww) If a contest or exhibition is stopped
because of an accidental foul, the referee shall determine whether the
contestant who has been fouled can continue. If the contestant's chance of
winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of a foul and if the
foul did not involve a concussive impact to the head of the contestant who was
fouled, the referee may order the contest or exhibition to be continued after a
reasonable interval. Before the contest or exhibition resumes, the referee
shall inform the commission of the referee's determination that the foul was
If the referee
determines that a contest or exhibition shall not continue because of an injury
suffered as a result of an accidental foul, the contest or exhibition shall be
declared a no-contest decision if the foul occurs during either of the
(1) The first three rounds of a
contest or exhibition that is scheduled for six rounds or less; or
(2) the first four rounds of a contest or
exhibition that is scheduled for more than six rounds.
The outcome of a contest or exhibition
shall be determined by scoring the completed rounds and the round during which
the referee stops the contest or exhibition if an accidental foul renders a
contestant unable to continue the contest or exhibition after either of the
(1) The completed third round of a
contest or exhibition that is scheduled for six rounds or less; or
(2) the completed fourth round of a contest
or exhibition that is scheduled for more than six rounds.
(zz) If an injury inflicted by an accidental
foul later becomes aggravated by fair blows and the referee orders the contest
or exhibition stopped because of the injury, the outcome shall be determined by
scoring the completed rounds and the round during which the referee stops the
contest or exhibition.
contestant shall not leave the ring or, if the contest or exhibition is being
held in a fenced area, the fenced area, during any period of rest that follows
each round. If any contestant fails or refuses to resume competing when the
bell sounds signaling the commencement of the next round, the referee shall
award a decision of technical knockout to the contestant's opponent at the
round that has last been finished. However, a determination of whether the
circumstances warrant reversal of the referee's decision, disciplinary action,
or civil penalty may be made later by the commission.
If a contestant has been knocked or has
fallen through the ropes and over the edge of the ring platform during a
contest or exhibition, both of the following shall apply:
(1) The contestant may be helped back by
anyone except the contestant's seconds or manager. The referee shall stop the
clock, assess the contestant's condition, and resume time once the contestant
is able to safely reenter the ring.
(2) The contestant shall be given 20 seconds
to return to the ring.
For a contestant who has been knocked
or has fallen on the ring platform outside the ropes but not over the edge of
the ring platform, both of the following shall apply:
(1) The contestant shall not be helped back
by anyone, including the contestant's second and manager. The referee may stop
the clock and assess the situation until the contestant is able to return to
(2) The contestant shall
be given 10 seconds to regain the contestant's feet and get back into the
(ddd) If the
second or manager of a contestant who has been knocked down or has fallen helps
the contestant back into the ring, this help may be cause for
(eee) If one
contestant has fallen through the ropes, the other contestant shall retire to
the farthest corner and stay there until ordered by the referee to continue the
contest or exhibition.
contestant who deliberately wrestles or throws an opponent from the ring or who
hits an opponent when the opponent is partly out of the ring and is prevented
by the ropes from assuming a position of defense may be penalized.
(ggg) At the termination of each contest or
exhibition, the announcer shall announce the winner and the referee shall raise
the hand of the winner.
decision rendered at the end of any contest or exhibition shall not be changed
by the commission, unless one of the following occurs:
(1) The commission determines that there was
collusion affecting the result of the contest or exhibition.
(2) The compilation of the scorecards of the
judges discloses an error showing that the decision was given to the wrong
(3) The referee has
rendered an incorrect decision as the result of an error in interpreting a
provision of this regulation.
Each judge of a BKF contest shall score
the contest and determine the winner through the use of the ten-point must
system as follows:
(1) The better contestant
of each round shall receive 10 points and the opponent proportionately
(2) If the round is even,
each contestant shall receive 10 points.
(3) No fraction of a point may be
(4) Points for each round
shall be awarded immediately after the end of the round.
After the end of the BKF contest or exhibition, the announcer shall pick up the
scores of the judges from the commission's desk. The majority opinion shall be
conclusive. If there is no majority opinion, the decision shall be a
(2) When the inspector has
checked the scores, the inspector shall inform the announcer of the decision,
and the announcer shall inform the audience of the decision over the speaker
(3) Incomplete rounds shall
be scored by the judges. If the referee penalizes either contestant in an
incomplete round, the appropriate points shall be deducted.