Here are a brief of the mma rules implemented and enforced by the AIMMAA in India
The rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) differ slightly from one promotion to the next because each fighting organization can create unique rules. Every event must comply with the athletic commission rules of the state in which the event is being held.  MMA rules regulate weight classes, prohibitions during fighting, and approved ways to end a fight.In the US , Athletic commissions from several states created the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, a set of rules that have been adopted by fighting promotions worldwide. These rules are the most widely used rules for MMA. The AIMMAA enforces the Unified rules at all sanctioned events in India.

Weight classes in MMA competitions

No matter where you’re fighting, one of the most basic rules of MMA is that you must fight within your weight class. For instance, a male lightweight who weighs 150 pounds would never be matched with a male heavyweight who weighs 240 pounds. That kind of pairing only occurred during the early days of NHB fighting. If you don’t make weight for a match, you can be disqualified and possibly fined by the promotion. The following tables are rundowns of the specific weight classes defined in the Unified Rules of MMA as followed by the AIMMAA for the year 2011-2012 :

Category Weight (lbs) Weight (kg)
Heavy Weight over 206 lbs over 93.6 kg
Light Heavy Weight 186-205 lbs under 93.6 kg
Middle Weight 171-185 lbs under 84.1 kg
Welter Weight 156-170 lbs under 77.3 kg
Light Weight 146-155 lbs under 70.5 kg
Feather Weight 136-145 lbs under 65.9 kg


Prohibitions / Fouls in MMA

  • No groin attacks.
  • No knees to the head on a grounded opponent.
  • No strikes to the back of the head or the spine.
  • No head butts.
  • No eye gouging.
  • No fish hooking.
  • No fingers in an opponent’s orifices.
  • No biting.
  • No hair pulling.
  • No strikes or grabbing of the throat.
  • No manipulation of the fingers or toes.
  • No intentional grabbing of the cage.
  • No intentional throwing of your opponent outside of the ring or cage.

Accidentally performing one of these actions in a fight earns you an automatic warning from the referee. If your opponent was injured from your accidental action, he’ll get five minutes to recover.

Ways to Win in MMA

An MMA competition can end in one of several ways:

  • Decision. If a fight lasts all rounds, the outcome is decided by three judges.
  • Disqualification (DQ). Each time a fighter engages in an illegal move, he receives a warning. After three warnings, he’s disqualified. A DQ can also be called if a fighter has been injured by an illegal move that seemed intentional.
  • Forfeit. A fighter can announce a forfeit before a match begins if he’s injured.
  • Knockout (KO). A knockout is when a fighter loses consciousness due to his opponent’s strikes.
  • No contest. If both fighters violate the rules, or if a fighter is injured by an unintentional illegal action, a no-contest call can result.
  • Submission. If one fighter achieves a submission hold, the fighter trapped in the hold can call defeat by tapping out on his opponent’s body or the mat, or by making a verbal announcement. Some defeated fighters fail to tap out and become incapacitated. In such cases, the referee calls an end to the fight.
  • Technical knockout (TKO). A technical knockout, when a fight is ended by the referee, doctor, or fighter’s corner, can be called in a few ways. The referee can call one when a fighter is no longer defending himself, usually due to an effective attack by his opponent.

A doctor can also call a TKO if it’s clear that continuing the fight could be dangerous. And finally, a fighter’s corner can throw in a towel to admit defeat, resulting in a TKO.


the AIMMAA prescribes that only MMA cages should be allowed for MMA in India. The use of boxing and kickboxing rings can be very dangerous for mma fighters since they are not designed for MMA


All India Mixed Martial Arts Association
Training / Admn Headquarters
4th Floor, Hariprabha Solitario Commercial Complex, Near HDFC bank, Above Chroma showroom, Off college rd, Nasik. India.

Mobile :+91-9890381987

Contact person: Mr Daniel Isaac
(AIMMAA founder and National Commissioner)