Illegal Moves in MMA
By Rachel Jones - May 31, 2023

MMA is officially considered a sport, and like other reputable sports, it has a set of regulations that participants must follow. Undoubtedly, MMA has illegal moves that are prohibited. The regulations of mixed martial arts (MMA) have changed over time, and major MMA organizations have, however, decided to embrace the NJSACB’s Unified Rules of MMA since 2009. This made it possible for MMA to gain legitimacy as a legitimate sport.

Since then, certain dubious combat techniques have been outlawed because they were either too barbarous or risky or offered one fighter an unfair edge. Several legally forbidden MMA techniques, some of which, like “disregarding the command of the referee in charge,” are left open to interpretation. These unlawful actions have been categorized into two groups: illegal strikes and actions against a downed opponent.

The following strikes are expressly prohibited under the MMA’s unified rules: intentionally striking an opponent in the head and no strikes to the opponent’s crotch region. Even though every fighter must wear a cup in their shorts, a hard knee or kick to the groin can still hurt. Jon Jones made 12 to 6 elbows most renowned since they caused his lone loss in professional MMA. When he used them on Matt Hamill, the referee instantly disqualified him. You cannot strike an opponent’s head directly downward with your elbow, as 12 to 6 alludes to a clock.

How do you define “downed opponent”? When any portion of a fighter’s body other than their feet and SINGLE hand contacts the mat or canvas, they are said to be “downed” in mixed martial arts. According to the revised regulations, a combatant cannot be “downed” until both hands are on the mat. Even if their hands are not on the canvas, a fighter is still regarded as being downed if just one knee is on the ground. When your opponent is “downed,” you are not allowed to knee them. In MMA combat, this is one illegal maneuver that is frequently violated. The split-second judgments that fighters make about whether or not their opponent is down causing much uncertainty.