ABC Recommends Lighter Cannabis Sanctions

Today the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports’ (the “ABC”) Medical Advisory Committee released their position noting that cannabis should be treated far lighter than other drugs when it comes to in competition failure. It should be noted that lighter cannabis sanctions should be the norm as of this year by jurisdictions who follow … More ABC Recommends Lighter Cannabis Sanctions

Study – Do MMA Judges Undervalue Submission Attempts?

The Unified Rules of MMA require judges to first and foremost determine the winner of any round looking at effective striking and effective grappling. Judges are instructed that these “shall be considered the first priority of round assessments” and if a round winner can be determined using these criteria then no other factors are looked … More Study – Do MMA Judges Undervalue Submission Attempts?

Study – Average MMA Fighter Gains Over 8% Body Mass From Weigh Ins to Fight Time

Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting is a prevalent occurrence in mixed martial arts with many injuries and even deaths tied to the practice. The practice is employed with fighters either hoping to gain a size advantage over their opponent, or given how common the practice has become, to prevent having a size disadvantage. A recent study … More Study – Average MMA Fighter Gains Over 8% Body Mass From Weigh Ins to Fight Time

Kansas Athletic Commission Reveals MMA Open Scoring Data

The Kansas Athletic Commission, under the umbrella of the Kansas Department of Commerce, has been one of the more progressive and involved regulators when it comes to making novel changes in combat sports. One of the novel steps the Commission has taken was introducing open scoring to Mixed Martial Arts. Open scoring simply reveals the … More Kansas Athletic Commission Reveals MMA Open Scoring Data

Scoring an MMA Bout Under The Unified Rules – A Video Breakdown

In the latest episode of Combat Sports Lawyer Explains I breakdown how a fight is judged using the Unified Rules. This video explains the following topics – What the Unified Rules are The 10 point must system Deciding who wins a round under the Unified Rules Deciding the margin of victory for a round under … More Scoring an MMA Bout Under The Unified Rules – A Video Breakdown

Competition Act Looms in Background of Pro Sport Pause in Canada

In the drawn out pandemic that is Covid-19 there is a patchwork of professional sport resumption in Canada. The most notable pro sport back is NHL hockey. The BC Athletic Commission has resumed professional sport as well with an upcoming mixed martial arts event planned next month and professional boxing shortly thereafter. Hard work and … More Competition Act Looms in Background of Pro Sport Pause in Canada

How Dis-Unified Are the “Unified” Rules of MMA?

In short, very. Many fans understand that MMA is a patchwork of regulation. Some rules here, different rules there. These can vary from State to State, Tribal jurisdiction to Tribal jurisdiction, Province to Province and in one jurisdiction City to City. The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (the “ABC”) is a loose, influential … More How Dis-Unified Are the “Unified” Rules of MMA?

The Bizarre Story Of Bare Knuckle Boxing Legality in Florida

I have not uploaded a YouTube video in over 10 years but decided to revive the channel. I will be posting videos addressing topics covered on this site starting with the bizarre story of how bare knuckle boxing came to be legal in Florida. You can find my previous articles on the topic here: Let’s … More The Bizarre Story Of Bare Knuckle Boxing Legality in Florida

Study – Risk of CTE From MMA “Should Not Be Underestimated”

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports health and safety studies, research was recently published in the Journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine addressing brain injury rates and risks of impairment from MMA. In the study, titled Head Injury in Mixed Martial Arts: a Review of Epidemiology, Affected Brain Structures and Risks of Cognitive … More Study – Risk of CTE From MMA “Should Not Be Underestimated”