The Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA or UFC) – EXPLAINED!

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The Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA or UFC) – EXPLAINED! It has quickly become the most popular combat sport worldwide and is a mixture of many different martial arts.

Specific to UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship Rules and the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts – watch this short beginner’s tutorial video guide on how Mixed Martial Arts is contested, UFC rules and guidelines, and how to fight in MMA.
Learn about knockout, submission, technical knockout, disqualification, points, highlights, top 10’s and more.

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27 thoughts on “The Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA or UFC) – EXPLAINED!”

  1. Ninh explains the Unified Rules of MMA – I'm surprised so many people asked for this one, I honestly thought the rules were self explanatory. For fighters: different organisations have different rules so check the rules of the organisation that you're fighting with.

  2. I've always wanted to train mma or muai thai ever since I was a teen but I never was able to due to external things, maybe in the future I will.
    I also love how most of the rules are pretty much "these are here so that you wont kill the poor guy"

  3. Braking a weight class limit does not always result in a disqualification. If in a case that one fighter does not make the weight it will be changed into a catchweight fight, with the wight limit being of the guy who went over and he gives a % of he's/her's fight purse to the opponent. In case of championship bout it will be changed into a non-title fight (Anderson Silva vs Travis Lutter fight was a title fight but Lutter failed to make weight so it changed to a non-title fight).

    Bonus things for the Daijiro Matsui vs Bob Schrijber, It is illegal to attack someone after the round has ended (That axe kick to the back of the head). Or it is also illegal to keep attacking/holding into a submission hold(Looking at you Palhares) after a referee stops the fight.

  4. DQs don't happen due to missing weight. They either call off the fight, take part of the fighter who missed weights purse, or make it a catchweight fight. Also things like kneeing a grounded opponent to the head, or throwing them out of the cage don't ever result in points being taken. Its an automatic DQ unless accidental in which the fight would be ruled a no contest. Warnings and taking points are reserved for things like groin shots and grabbing the fence. Additionally there is no time limit for a knockout. If the opponent is knocked out cold it is ruled a knockout. Boxing has the time limit for standing up not MMA. There is no ruling called a forfeit in MMA either. If the fighter quits it would be called a TKO (either due to exhaustion or injury). Other than that it was a good video but I just wanted to point out some inaccuracies I found.

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