ABC Proposes New “Grounded Fighter” Rule in MMA

Perhaps no rule is more dis-unified under the unified rules than the grounded fighter rule. Despite the near unanimous adoption of a change to this rule at the ABC Annual Conference in 2016 jurisdictions have been very scattered in formally adopting the rule to their own state laws / regulations.

To fix this the ABC Rules and Regulations subcommittee has drafted a proposed change to the definition of a grounded fighter. It will be scheduled for vote at the 2023 conference giving every regulator ample time to weigh in on the debate.

Here is the current ‘unified’ rule and its proposed change.


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