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Unified rules of professional fighting TNA Tatneft cup Russian championship

Statement 1
Common rules

1.1. Present rules are used for the professional tournament competition JSC Tatneft and are named TNA Unified fighting rules.
1.2. According to present rules the participants of the tournament hereinafter known as Fighters.
1.3. The tournament is held for male fighters only.
1.4. The participants bare responsibility for risks of traumas and severe injuries caused by the tournament participation. Tournament organizers, judges, coaches are not responsible for body injuries or accidents sustained during competition.
1.5. Every case (situation) that can happen during the contest and that is not mentioned in present rules shall be examined between a referee and a superior judge of the tournament.
1.6. Unified rules supplements confirmed by the Organizer are an important part of present rules.
1.7. Tournament is held during a year with an obligatory conclusion of contract between a fighter and the organizer.
1.8. Tournament competitions are held as a form of individual championship with a mandatory leaving of a defeated fighter in every round.
1.9. Total number of participants 48 (forty eight) athletes in three weight categories.
1.10. Competitions are held in a form of a tournament.

Statement 2
Tournament Participants

2.1 The fighters should be 21 years old and older.
2.2 Tournament organizers,superior judge, referee and a ringside doctor can consider an 18 year old competitor in case if fighters party provides enough evidence of his technical level according to statement 1.5.
2.3 Tournament introduces 3 weight categories:
- up to 70 (seventy) kilograms;
- up to 80 (eighty) kilograms;
- over 80 (eighty) kilograms
2.4 Tournament participation allowed to competitors who registered for the competition, concluded an agreement with the Organizer and completed medical examination.
2.5 In case of other disputable issues over fighters participation the decision shall be based upon statement 1.5.
2.6 Final weigh-in is held one day prior to the scheduled bout.
2.7 All fighters and their representatives, ringside doctors and judges must be present at the weigh-in procedure. Weigh-in report is confirmed by the superior judge of the tournament.
2.8 Fighters matchmaking is held in their absence according to the received applications and is valid during the competition.

Statement 3
Fighters duties and rights

3.1 The Fighter is obliged to:
3.1.1 be aware of and follow the present rules of the tournament;
3.1.2 keep up with the tournament regulations;
3.1.3 be respectful and tactful to all the participants, judges and tournament organizers;
3.1.4 Each competitor shall wear pieces of individual protective equipment according to the present rules conditions.
3.2. The fighter has a right to:
3.2.1 appeal to the referees board through his representative or in person only before and after the tournament.
3.2.2. tap out (raise up his hand) in the following cases:
- indicating that he no longer wishes to continue;
- in case of extraordinary situations on the ring.

Statement 4
Clothing and individual protective equipment

4.1 Before the start of the tournament a fighter has a right to wear his fighting clothes, training suit or training robe.
4.2 Clothes pieces used by the fighter shall be clean and neat-looking.
4.3 During the competition each contestant shall wear boxing shorts; shoes and shirts are prohibited
4.4 Groin protector (groin cup) is mandatory; it is worn under boxing shorts
4.5 Shin support bandage is allowed with no doctor recommendation.
4.6 Boxing hand wraps and bandages are mandatory.
4.7 During the competition each contestant is obliged to wear boxing gloves:
4.7.1 approved and supplied by the Organizer.
4.7.2 the weight of boxing gloves depends on a fighters weight category
- up to 70 kg 8 ounces
- up to 80 kg 10 ounces
- over 80 kg 10 ounces
4.8 Other types of individual protection equipment are forbidden
4.9 Allowed pieces of individual protection equipment shall be inspected by the Superior judge of the tournament

Statement 5
Referees board

5.1 Organizer shall assign the Superior judge of the tournament during the tournament.
5.2 The board of judges is assigned by the Organizer.
5.4 The judgment of the tournament shall be done by:
a) referee
b) three judges
c) timekeeper
d) secretary
e) ringside doctor
5.3 Superior judge fulfils general guidance of the tournament

Statement 6
Tournament rules

6.1 The tournament takes place on a 7,2 X 7,2 boxing ring surrounded by 4 parallel rows of ropes and set on a raised platform.
6.2 Tournament duration.
6.2.1 Selective fights three 3-minute rounds with two 1-minute rest period in-between rounds. If all 3 rounds end in a draw an extra 3-minute round is usually added to define the ultimate winner.
6.2.2 Final fights five 3-minute rounds with four 1-minute rest period in-between rounds. If all 5 rounds end in a draw an extra 3-minute round is usually added to definine the ultimate winner.
Fights for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are considered to be final.
6.3 Technical actions and fouls evaluation
6.3.1 The judges evaluate the fighting actions
6.3.2 the ring referee watches over technical actions of fighters, do knockout and knockdown countdown, assess foul and warnings to the fighters and the timekeepers, decides to stop the bout, disqualifies the fighters, calls out judges decisions, examines boxing gloves, individual protective equipment and vaseline coating before the tournament.
6.3.3 Judging criteria :
a) KNOCKOUT when a fighter cannot continue the tournament in 10 seconds or his refusal to continue the competition even if he is capable of doing it as a result of his opponents legal techniques.
b) KNOCKDOWN - fighters disability to continue the tournament in 10 seconds as a result of his opponents legal techniques.
c) DAMAGE caused by opponents legal techniques.
d) TACTICAL and TECHNICAL advantage is evaluated individually.
e) GENERAL IMPRESSION is evaluated individually.
f) Number of CAUTIONS.
g) Number of WARNINGS.
6.3.4 If the match continues without knockouts, technical knockouts, the judges shall evaluate the fighters according to judging criteria mentioned above and make an individual decision on declaring the winner or scoring a draw in a finished round.
6.4 The following are the types of victory criteria:
6.4.1 KNOCKOUT as soon as a fighter becomes unconscious due to strikes, his opponent is declared the absolute winner.
6.4.2 TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT of the opponent
6.4.3 Judges decision if the match continues without knockouts, technical knockouts, disqualifications, the judges may declare the winner according to statement 6.3.4 6.4.4. Additional round evaluation additional round is evaluated according to the statement 6.3.3 and 6.3.4 with a mandatory determination of the ultimate winner. The judges are not allowed to score the additional round a draw and they shall not consider the results of the main round.
6.4.5 Disqualification of the opponent is considered as a victory.
6.4.6 Forfeit when the opponent doesnt show up for the competition

Statement 7
Cautions and warnings

7.1 A caution shall be made for the following infractions:
7.1.1 Accidental foul or accidental usage of forbidden fighting techniques with no case of significant injuries of the opponent.
7.1.2 Coming late for the tournament
7.1.3 Disrespectful attitude expressed verbally or physically towards the opponent, the judges and the organizers.
7.1.4 Passive defense
7.1.5 Two notices made in one round shall be equaled to one warning with warnings only followed afterwards.
7.2 A warning is issued in the following cases:
7.2.1 Purposely used forbidden fighting techniques with no case of any significant damage to the opponent.
7.2.2 Purposely used forbidden fighting techniques that cause interference during a fight.
7.2.3 Attacking an opponent when he is down.
.2.4 Attacking an opponent in the act of rising.
7.2.5 Attacking an opponent from the down position.
7.2.6 Attacking an opponent while the referee interferes to split the fighters.
7.2.7 Grabbing the ropes for the technical actions.
7.2.8 Attempting to strike an opponent after referee calls break.
7.2.9 Usage of disapproved pieces of individual protection.
7.2.10 Any attempt to stop the bout with no particular reason.

Statement 8
Technical knockout

8.1 One of the opponents failures to continue the competition due to the following reasons:
8.1.1 if an accidental injury sustained during competition is not caused by the fighters and is severe enough to terminate bout .
8.1.2 if the timekeeper throws in the towel during the match to stop the bout.
8.2.3 if one of the fighters becomes dominant to the point when his opponent have significant injuries and cannot continue the fight the referee can stop the bout.
8.2.4 ringside doctor decision

Statement 9

9.1. Disqualification decision shall be made in the following cases:
9.1.1 Three warnings during one round.
9.1.2 Purposely used ILLEGAL FIGHITING TECHNIQUES that led to significant injuries and damage of the opponent.
9.1.3 Purposely ignored actions of the referee and the judges.
9.1.4 If the referee decides that the fighter has no longer wish to continue the tournament.
9.1.5 If the timekeeper walks out on the ring or touches any of the contestants during the tournament.
9.1.6 In case of severe violations of any rules the fighter shall be disqualified by the referee or the superior judge.

Statement 10
Forbidden fighting techniques

10.1 groin attacks of any kind
10.2 headbutts
10.3 punches of any kind to the spine and back of the head
10.4 elbow strikes on the head
10.5 wrist strikes on the head
10.6 punching on the head with an opened glove
10.7 knee joints attack (except for low-kick)
10.8 striking the opponent when he turned away
10.9 ankle tripping
10.10 throwing
10.11 shoving or grappling
10.12 wrestling techniques of any kind
10.13 pushing
10.14 strangling
10.15 biting
10.16 attacking opponents lower chest with your head

Statement 11
Legal fighting techniques

11.1 Any contact with the opponent shall be made only by accentuated hand and leg strikes.
11.2 Hand and leg strikes on the head which are not forbidden in statement 10.
11.3 Hand and leg strikes on the body which are not forbidden in statement 10.
11.4 Hand and leg striking in the hip area.
11.5 Striking the shin area.
11.6 Hand and leg striking done with the elements of hopping techniques which are not forbidden in statement 10.
11.7 Roundhouse leg kicks and hand punches which are not forbidden in statement 10
11.8 Kicking and rolling maneuvers which are not forbidden in statement 10.
11.2 Injuries and decisions to stop or continue the bout:
11.2.1 If an injury sustained during competition is a result of a foul, the referee shall stop the bout and give an injured fighter a 5-minute recovery period with the time stopping. In case when the fighter can no longer continue the competition and the ringside doctor confirms OK, the judges make their final decision according to statements 7, 8.
11.2.2 Decision to continue or to stop the bout due to the injury shall be made by the fighter and his timekeeper, except for the cases when the judges witness severe health damages.
11.3 In case when the fighter decides to continue the bout the ringside doctor is not allowed to assist or render emergency care for surface injuries. No one including the timekeeper is allowed to provide medical aid during the tournament and the breaks in-between rounds.

Statement 12
Inspection and tournament access prior to competition

12.1 Tournament access decision inspection takes place at the fighters locker room.
12.1 The fighter gets an access to the competition after fulfilling the following conditions:
12.2.1 Medical inspection and doctors approval confirmed by the Superior judge.
12.2.2 Individual protective equipment inspection approved by the superior judge.
12.2.3 Fighters and timekeepers appearance inspection.
12.3.4 Prior to a bout the fighters shall receive the gloves approved by the commission and put them on in presence of the superior judge.
12.4.5 After the gloves are approved by the superior judge they shall not be taken off before the end of the competition
12.4.6 Minimal usage of vaseline onto the facial area is allowed. The vaseline shall be provided by the Organizer only, the referee defines the amount of vaseline needed. The access of vaseline shall be removed.
12.4. 7 If the fighter is ready to start the competition and to enter the boxing ring directly according to the regulations with or without his support team.

Statement 13

13.1 The fighter is allowed to have no more than 3 timekeepers -one principal timekeeper and two assistants.
13.2 All three timekeepers shall retain position in their corner area during the tournament.
13.3 Only the principal timekeeper has a right to instruct the fighter during a bout.
13.4 Timekeepers are not allowed to touch the ropes, the ring and the platform during the rounds, they are not allowed to place any objects on the ring or the platform during the rounds.
13.5 Only one timekeeper at a time is allowed to enter the ring during a break, the others shall stay behind ropes.
13.6 Timekeepers are prohibited from entering the ring or the platform or touching any fighter during the rounds. Any changes shall be made according to statement 8.
13.7 When the referee calls Time after one-minute break in-between rounds the timekeepers shall immediately leave the ring.
13.8 Timekeepers and the fighter they represent shall get cautions in case of rules violation. In case of second caution timekeepers shall be disqualified from the tournament. Second caution and timekeepers disqualification shall not affect technical actions of the Fighter.

Statement 14
Commands, gestures and terms used by the judges and their execution by the fighters and referees

14.1 Command FIGHT is called out by the referee to start the competition on the ring. Accompanied by abrupt hand gesture with an opened palm moved towards yourself from FIGHTING POSITIONS hand position. After the command is called out the timing shall start and the fighters shall start or continue the tournament.
14.2 Command FIGHTING POSITIONS signals by the referee after the fighters took their spots at the PLACE command. The command is accompanied by an opened palm gesture with an arm stretched out on a shoulder level and placed between the fighters. After the command is called the competitors shall take fighting positions.
14.3 Command PLACE is called out by the referee as a signal to take the waiting position on a ring in the place indicated by the referee. Accompanied by an open palm hand gesture indicating towards the certain place.
14.4 Command STOP is called out by the referee to stop any actions, may be accompanied by separating the fighters. After command is announced the fighters are obliged to stop any technical actions and take a waiting position.
14.5 Command TIME is called out by the referee in the end of preparatory period prior to the tournament, in the end of rest period in-between rounds, technical break, time-out. Often accompanied by the hand gesture open palm hands are raised on a shoulder level, stretched towards the front, palms are facing each other and the hands point toward the center of the ring. After command is announced the fighters shall take a waiting position and unauthorized persons shall leave the ring and the platform.
14.6 Command IN THE CORNER is announced by the referee and supported by the hand gesture with an opened palm pointing towards the corner the fighter should take. The fighter takes place in the corner and takes a waiting position.
14.7 TOUCH GLOVES is announced by the referee when the tournament is about to start right after the PLACE command and a bout results announcement. Hand gesture the forearms crossed in front of the chest. The fighters shall touch each others gloves simultaneously.
14.8 CAUTION command is accompanied by the hand gesture open hand straightened diagonally down from the opposite shoulder, palm faces the ground, the arm points at the Fighter who received the caution. The fighter shall take waiting position and show with a head nod that he understood the command. The same hand gesture is used for the timekeepers.
14.8 Command WARNING when the Fighter gets a warning the referee calls out the command and straightens his hand with his index finger stretched on a fighters face level. The fighter shall take waiting position and show with a head nod that he understood the command.
14.8 Referees countdown
14.8.1 If the fighter is knocked down the referee should announce KNOCKOUT command with a certain hand gesture: stretching out his arm with an opened palm from behind his head on a shoulder level. Referee shall instruct the other fighter to retreat to the farthest neutral corner of the ring from the downed fighter and take waiting position.
14.8.2 The referee may start the countdown only after the other fighter took waiting position.
14.8.3 The referee shall continue the count by second showing with his arm in motion the number of the count. The hand stretches out from the back of the head on a shoulder level.
14.8.4 If the referee determines by count that the fight is over by a knockout he shall announce KNOCKOUT command accompanied by crossed hands above his head.
14.8.5 DRAW command is called out by the referee and is supported by crossed hands in the front gesture.
14.8.6 Arms crossed and stretched in the front indicate no action evaluation case.
14.8.7 DOCTOR command is called out by the referee to invite the doctor to enter the ring, accompanied by the arm stretched upward. The fighters take waiting position in the nearest ring corner.
14.8.8 Referee has a right to announce other commands, accompanied by hand signals which shall be clear and understandable and meet the present rules.

Statement 15
Bout protests

Any and all protests shall be submitted in a written form by a fighter during two weeks after the competitions date to referees board on a Superior Judges name. During the tournament all protests and claims are forbidden.

Statement 16
Drug testing

Drug testing is mandatory for all fighters. Positive result may lead to a fine, as well as title and prize confiscation.

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