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MMA Clothing and Competition Rules

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During the development of the modern incarnation of MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, rules were virtually nonexistent. As the sport has evolved, however, it has incorporated extensive rules and safety regulations regarding MMA clothing and techiques.

Pre-approval

MMA clothing required for fighters includes preapproved competition shorts, no shirt, and no shoes. Shorts are not allowed to contain any hard plastic or metal components, such as rings, zippers or buckles. Competitors must wear protective mouth guards for the duration of the bout. The fighter’s gender also impacts required MMA clothing; male competitors must wear groin protectors, and female competitors must wear chest protectors.

Athletic Commission

All fighters must wear padded gloves that have been provided by the athletic commission. These gloves must weigh no less than four ounces, but no more than six ounces except in the case of 2XL or larger gloves, which may be slightly heavier than six ounces. Fighters may wear hand wraps made of soft gauze and protective tape under the gloves, but they must be inspected and approved by an athletic commission official before the gloves are put on.

Technical Knockout – TKO

An ordinary MMA fight lasts for three rounds of five minutes each, while a championship fight lasts for five rounds of five minutes each. The fighter’s goal during an MMA bout is to either knock out his opponent or to catch his opponent in a submission hold, such as a choke or a joint lock, from which they cannot escape. A fighter who is caught in a submission hold may end the bout by tapping three times to signal his surrender — this is the same as a knockout. The bout’s referee may stop the contest at any time if he feels that one fighter is no longer able to intelligently defend himself; this results in a victory by technical knockout, or TKO, for the other fighter.

Legal strikes

Fighters are permitted to strike with the hands, feet, shins, forearms, elbows and knees. Headbutting, biting, eye gouging, hair pulling and the like are not allowed. Illegal targets for strikes include the spine, the back of the head, the throat and the groin. Fighters also may not throw elbow strikes straight down with the point in a 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock direction, even to a legal target.
Knee strikes are permitted to the head of a standing opponent, but they are illegal to the head of a downed opponent. A downed opponent is defined as one who has at least three points of contact with the ground. For example, a fighter with one hand and both feet touching the ground, a fighter with one knee and both feet touching the ground, or a fighter lying on his chest or back are all defined as downed.

And the winner is…

If a bout reaches the end of the final round with both competitors still fighting, the winner will be chosen based on a judges’ decision. Each round is scored with ten points going to the round winner, and up to nine points going to the round loser. Eight or even seven points may be awarded to the round loser if that fighter was completely dominated during that round. The bout itself is awarded to the competitor with more total points from all three or all five rounds.

References:
http://www.ufc.com/discover/sport/rules-and-regulations#1

Written by James Steed, who recognises the importance of ensuring you have the correct mma clothing and equipment is essential if you want to compete at the highest levels of Mixed Martial Arts. He recommends Made4Fighters as a quality UK MMA supplier.

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Using Airsoft Targets To Enhance Your Shooting Skills

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The game of airsoft is amongst the many different kinds of extreme sports that continue to rise when it comes to popularity. Just like any other sports, it also involves the use of different kinds of equipments and accessories. The major equipments being used in playing airsoft are electric guns, tactical airsoft gears, targets, ammunition, and other accessories. Since airsoft revolves around using ammunition, this kind of extreme sport is usually being played by grown ups, although there are also times when kids are allowed to play — as long as they are being guided accordingly by grown ups.

For you to be able to completely enjoy the game, you should have complete airsoft equipments and accessories. Without proper protection, playing this game may get you injured. This is very true especially when you are playing against other players in a group or team battle. That is one reason why you should wear a complete set of airsoft protective gear that includes a helmet, a pair of gloves, boots, goggles, face mask, knee pads, and clothing. But, if you are only playing a practice game where you are shooting at airsoft targets, then wearing protective airsoft gear may not be that necessary.

If you haven’t tried playing the game of airsoft yet, then it is time for you to find some time and play the game as surely you will find it interesting and enjoying. Not only that you can exercise yourself physically, but also mentally as the game also encourages the players to think about tactics and strategies that are needed to win games. For you to be able to increase your skills regarding the game, it is advisable that you keep on practicing with the use of airsoft targets.

Due to the popularity of airsoft, there are now a lot of stores and sport shops that sell airsoft guns, ammunitions, gears, and accessories. If you want to purchase your airsoft equipments, gears, and accessories, the best venue to check is online. The internet can provide you with a very wide variety of choices when it comes to airguns, gears, targets, accessories, and many more.

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6 (Not So Simple) Steps for Purchasing a Professional Sports Team

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Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their very own professional sports team? Well it can be done and it would be easy to restrict this list to just one simple requirement, namely, the first item on this list. But there’s more to it than that. Here are six (not so simple) steps for purchasing a professional sports team.

6. Get Rich Quick

Piece of cake, right? Okay, maybe not. But being rich is the first step along the way. They don’t give these franchises away. And some of them are worth billions! So you had better start with very deep pockets.

5. Know the Sport

An in-depth knowledge of the sport is a big help. You need to know if the sport is thriving in the city where your team is located. In the case of football and baseball, this can be a given. But with basketball and hockey, things are a little more hit and miss. Struggling teams can be had cheap but you better be sure you’ve got the know-how to turn them around or you’ll keep losing money.

4. Love the Hate

Fans of your team will hate you. The honeymoon will be over quick so you had better have a thick skin going in. Oh, they will sing your praises as long as the championships keep piling up, but have one bad year and look out! You’ll be public enemy number one!

3. Friends in High Places

You’re going to have tax headaches and permit nightmares the minute you take over your very own team. Without friends in local government, you’ll be hogtied with so much red tape, the fans won’t be able to find the entrances. Every facet of government is going to want in on the deal and free luxury boxes only go so far. Government officials must become your new best friends.

2. Have a Proven Track Record

No professional league is just going to hand you a team for a pile of money. You have to demonstrate a sound business sense and a proven track record for running one or more companies successfully for a number of years. With 100s or even 1000s of employees in every facet of the sport and the local community, you’re now responsible for a lot of mouths that need feeding. You have to know what you’re doing.

1. Get Religion

Soaring player salaries. Players jumping ship for lucrative deals. Taxes. Fan complaints. Permits. Expenses. Bad press. Fighting for TV coverage. Souvenir manufacturing hassles. Profit margins. On and on and on. With all these to worry about and so much more, your team will probably give you more grief than happiness. So maybe a sincere prayer every now and then wouldn’t hurt. You might also want to stock up on the aspirin.

And there you have it: a step-by-step plan that will land you that professional sports team that can’t miss. So save your pennies and you’ll be cheering on your very own team in no time.

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