United States Fight League
Pankration, Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts

Rules



Class C and Class B Limited Contact Use of Force Guidelines  

SPECIAL UNITED STATES FIGHT LEAGUE RULES
Slightly modified from FILA International Rules to conform with athletic commission standards

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“A” Class Rules – Full Contact Pankration

        ·         Takedowns, Ground Control, Submissions, Body and Head Strikes are allowed.

        ·         Some potentially dangerous strikes, takedowns and submissions are prohibited.

        ·         Strikes to the face while grounded are prohibited

        ·         Matches are won by score, stoppage , knockout , disqualification or submission.  

        ·         Rules and regulations of local boxing/athletic commission may supersede actual rules.

 


“B” Class Rules – Limited Contact Pankration

·         Takedowns, Ground Control, Submissions and Body Strikes are allowed. Strikes above the collar bone are prohibited.

·         Techniques must be executed with no ill intent and matches cannot be won by knockout, brutality or with deliberate intent to cause injury.

·         Some potentially dangerous strikes, takedowns and submissions are prohibited.

·         Submissions must be executed with applied pressure allowing time to submit before injury.

·         Strikes must be focused and delivered in a controlled manner ensuring proper placement.

·         Matches are won by score or by properly applied submission technique.

 “C” Class Rules – Grappling Only

·         Takedowns, Ground Control and Submissions are allowed.

·         Techniques must be executed with no ill intent and matches cannot be won by brutality or with deliberate intent to cause injury.

·         Some potentially dangerous takedowns and submissions are prohibited.

·         Submissions must be executed with applied pressure allowing time to submit before injury.
·         Matches are won by score or by properly applied submission technique. 
 

"A” Class Rules prohibit ground strikes to the head.

“B” Class Rules prohibit any strikes above the collar bone, standing and ground.

“C” Class Rules prohibit all strikes.

 


Legal submission targets

·         Submissions are allowed to the wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, straight knee, neck and ankle.

·         Submissions should be executed with applied pressure not “cranked”, to allow time to submit prior to injury.

·         Pressure points are allowed as long as they are executed with applied pressure.

·         Neck cranks or submissions which involve dynamic twisting or pressure against the neck joint or spine are prohibited. 

·         Heel hooks” and submissions / techniques which involve a twisting pressure against the knee joint are prohibited.  

·         Some submissions may be limited in youth divisions.

 


Takedowns and throws

·         Takedowns and throws designed or intended to cause injury are prohibited.

·         Throws that involve joint locking are prohibited.

·         Open “Flying Scissors” style takedowns are prohibited.

·         Unnecessary slamming or spiking to the head is prohibited.

·         Slamming or “Back Splashing” to escape a submission is prohibited.

 

 

Legal striking weapons

·         Punches; hammer fists; and forearms.

·         Kicks with the instep; bottom of foot; blade of foot; ball of foot; toes; shin and knee.

·         Knees and Forearms are allowed to the body only. Forearm strikes cannot involve the tip of the elbow.

·         “Head butting” or Strikes with the head are prohibited.

·         Stomping on a downed opponent and up-kicks from the bottom are prohibited.

·         With exception of the bottom of foot, all strikes to the facial area must be with the padded area of the glove or shin guard.

 

Challenges -(Unjustified, excessive or needless challenges may result in point deductions or disqualification) 

·         Judgmental calls by the referee cannot be overturned.

·         Coaches must state any challenge before their competitor exits the mat/ competition area.

·         Coaches, athletes and spectators may not speak to referees during the match or risk point deductions and removal from the competition area.

·         Coaches may state a challenge during a bout by standing next to the score table or throwing the provided objection block or towel into the competition area. The Referee will stop the match during an appropriate time to address the objection.

                                      


                                                                                                      SCORING VIDEOS 

          (Videos reflect Class "A" Full Contact Rules. Class "B" does not allow head strikes and do not score leg kicks. Class "C" is Grappling Only) 

                     
SCORING OF GRAPPLING                                                                                            SCORING OF STRIKES


         

          


 

         

 

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