VA Professional MMA Rules

VA Professional Rules, Regulations & Licensure

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Following are Rules & Regulations from the Global Combat Alliance’s website:

Legal Strikes:

Hand Strikes:

  • Closed fist or an open hand/palm of their hand

Arm Strikes:

  • Forearm strikes and rounded elbows to standing or grounded opponent
  • Shoulder jabs to standing or grounded opponent


  • Standing strikes with knees, shins, and feet
  • Standing knees to head

Takedowns and Throws:

  • All wrestling, judo and jiu jitsu throws and takedowns


  • All chokes with arms and legs


  • Elbow, shoulder, wrist, knee, and ankle locks


  • Downward or spiking elbow strikes
  • Flagrant disregard of referee’s instructions
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury to an opponent
  • Biting
  • Eye-gouging
  • Knuckle gouging
  • Clawing, pinching, or twisting of flesh
  • Throat strikes of any kind
  • One or two-handed chokes applied directly to the throat/windpipe
  • Knees to the head and neck of a grounded opponent
  • Kicking or stomping above the waist on a grounded opponent
  • Kicking the front of an opponent’s knee
  • Fish hooks (to eyes, nose, ear, or mouth)
  • Putting a finger into any open orifice (cuts/lacerations)
  • Grabbing of the clavicle
  • Hair pulling
  • Groin attacks of any kind
  • Single digit manipulation
  • Small joint manipulation
  • Head butting
  • Striking the spine, back of neck, or back of head
  • Driving opponent’s head directly down into the mat (spiking)
  • Lifting, pushing, throwing or otherwise forcing an opponent out of the ring or cage
  • Intentionally delaying the contest due to improper equipment, or by intentionally dropping or spitting out mouthpiece
  • Attacking an opponent on or during a break
  • Attacking an opponent who is under the care of an official
  • Using abusive language in the ring or cage
  • Interference by corner/trainer
  • Rope or cage grabbing to avoid a submission hold. Continually holding the rope to rest or pull self from action, or gain advantage.

Clothing and Equipment Guidelines:


  • Protective groin cup
  • Protective mouthpiece
  • Handwraps
    • Tape permitted on wrists and hands, but not knuckles
    • Regular handwraps secured by tape permitted
    • Handwraps must be signed off by GCA representative
  • MMA Gloves (no less than 4oz)


  • Shin, instep, elbow, and/or knee supports
  • Oil on face only


  • Boxing shorts, kickboxing shorts, latex bike-style shorts, board shorts, speedos
  • Rash guard (females only)


  • Tape over knuckles
  • Oil or grease on any part of the competitor’s body
  • Apparel or equipment which includes metallic and/or hard plastic and/or edge or surface

Cornermen and Trainer Guidelines:


  • Every fighter is required to have at minimum one corner man and a maximum of three
  • Must obey the referee at all times
  • Must stay in their fighter’s corner
  • Must conduct themselves with appropriate and proper sportsmanship
  • Must stay off the ring floor
  • May not lean on ring or cage


  • Cornermen may spray (not pour) water and apply ice to a fighter in between rounds. No other substance may be applied to the body. The following substances may be applied to cuts: petroleum jelly, adrenaline hydrochloride, avitene, and thrombin. Cornermen are responsible to dry the corner area before the next round continues.
  • During round breaks, only one cornerman is allowed in the ring/cage.

NOTE: Violation of rules by corner personnel can result in warnings, point deductions, dismissal of corner man and/or disqualification of that corner’s fighter

How to Win:

  • Knockout: Opponent is unable to intelligently defend himself following a strike
  • TKO: The physician or referee decides the opponent cannot continue due to a cut or other injury
  • Submission: Opponent submits by tapping more than 3 times (or by saying “TAP”) as a result from a choke, lock, or any other reason
  • Referee Stoppage: When opponent is taking excessive punishment but cannot or will not submit or quit either due to striking, failing to show a willingness to continue, a refusal to submit in the face of grave injury, or any other reason the referee believes is necessary to preserve the fighter’s safety
  • Throw in the Towel: Opponent’s corner decides to end the bout for the safety of their fighter
  • Quit: Opponent simply cannot or refuses to continue
  • Decision: When the bout has ended after the specified time without a winner, the decision shall be determined by three judges
  • Disqualification: Opponent is disqualified by the referee

Bout Time Lengths:

Non-Title Professional Fights:

  • Three (3) rounds, five (5) minutes each, with one minute rest in between rounds.

Title Professional Fights:

  • Five (5) rounds, five (5) minutes each, with one minute rest in between rounds.

Weight Classes:

Up to 105 lbs Mini flyweight (females only)

105.1 lbs – 115 lbs Light Flyweight (females only)

115.1 lbs – 125 lbs Flyweight

125.1 lbs – 135 lbs Bantam Weight

135.1 lbs – 145 lbs Featherweight

145.1 lbs – 155 lbs Lightweight

155.1 lbs – 170 lbs Welterweight

170.1 lbs – 185 lbs Middleweight

185.1 lbs – 205 lbs Light heavyweight

205.1 lbs – 265 lbs Heavyweight

Over 265 lbs Super heavyweight


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