Further Update August 3, 2016 – Today the ABC unanimously agreed to aim for January 1, 2017 as the target date for each commission to get these new rules in force
Update – The rules voted on were revised at the last minute and replaced the word “damage” to “impact” in the revised judging criteria.
The full rule-set went to vote and passed unanimously with the exception of New Jersey objecting and Tennessee abstaining. For those interested I have obtained a copy of an e-mail from Nick Lembo detailing New Jersey’s opposition to the rules
It is worth noting that this near unanimous vote in and of itself does nothing to how MMA is regulated. The ABC’s position is little more than a political statement. It is up to each individual Athletic Commission to overhaul their regulations to adopt these changes.
Given New Jersey’s strong opposition it is unlikely they will be adopting these. Of note, my home Province, British Columbia, by Regulation automatically follows New Jersey’s lead so BC will need to expressly overhaul their regulations, just as every other State and Province, should they choose to adopt these changes.
Today the Association of Boxing Commissions is voting on several changes to the Unified Rules of MMA.
The changes include an overhaul of judging criteria (detailed here) along with the below changes. I apologize for the sideways photo.
I will update this article once the votes are in.