Earlier this yr One Championship held an occasion in Colorado underneath their ‘international’ ruleset. The principle distinction with these in comparison with the “unified” guidelines is permitting knees to the pinnacle of grounded opponents.
Colorado cleared the best way for the usage of alternate MMA rulesets in 2021. I obtained a full copy of the accepted guidelines and posted them right here. Previous to approving these guidelines Colorado carried out a overview into the usage of these strikes. Colorado’s Director reviewed 1,551 bouts underneath the ruleset and famous knees to the pinnacle of a grounded fighter is used within the ending sequence of just one.4% of bouts. It’s moderately distributed amongst weight lessons however used extra generally among the many decrease weight lessons and the much less by heavyweights.
One’s occasion in Colorado ran with none notable accidents with the worldwide ruleset.
Just lately, nevertheless, the Affiliation of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports activities have pushed again on Colorado asking them to overview their determination to permit these alternate guidelines. By an open data request I obtained a duplicate of the ABC’s letter. Under I reproduce it in full.
Briefly the ABC mentions “Physics, Sport, Science, Medical Examine, Notion and Uniformity” behind their opposion.
It’s value noting that on the uniformity entrance the present MMA “unified guidelines” are removed from unified throughout US State and Tribal jurisdictions with a number of States not too long ago permitting naked knuckle MMA as nicely.
ONE has publicly been discussing plans to bring more events to the US and has been seeking to extra jurisdictions to permit their ruleset. This pressure between them and the ABC is a narrative value following.