Similar to the organization of fighters, the competition rules of MMA tournaments do not have a common point in the world.
Currently, the most popular law, the Unified MMA Rules, was first enacted in the United States in 2000. However, this code is only overseen by the Association of Boxing Comisssion. This is a non-profit organization specializing in boxing-related and fighting sports in North America. Therefore, the Unified MMA Rules basically have only legal effect on this territory.
ONE Championship, M-1 Global and some non-North American tournaments do not actually apply the Unified MMA Rules, but all have their own adjustments. Not only the techniques in competition, even the standard of competition, weight also have certain differences.
IMMAF: The largest amateur organization
In addition to the private leagues such as the UFC or the ONE Championship currently developed in the professional direction, IMMAF is known as the non-profit organization that manages MMA at the largest amateur level at the moment.
Regarding the organization of boxers, IMMAF provides clear rules about how a boxer is recognized as an amateur present in its system. In addition, a separate set of rules makes the IMMAF matches judged to be light enough for amateur fighters to meet.
Currently, IMMAF is maintaining a medal competition system with a knockout competition and martial arts supervision standards and doping prevention. This is seen as an attempt by IMMAF to soon be recognized by the IOC and soon become a sport at the Summer Olympics.
It can be seen that MMA in the world develops in a different direction with many competing sports in the world because of its complexity. Based on the characteristics of the market, the potential of fighters, each tournament chooses different ways of operation.
In addition to professional organizations, the amateur form of international federation such as IMMAF is also worth consulting.