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Nevada MMA Rules: Fouls & Forbidden Acts


The following acts are forbidden and classified as fouls, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission:

1 – Butting with the head.

2 – Eye gouging of any kind.

3 – Biting.

4 – Hair pulling.

5 – Fish hooking.

6 – Groin attacks of any kind.

7 – Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)

8 – Small joint manipulation.

9 – Striking to the spine or the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)

10 – Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (see Elbow (strike))

11 – Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.

12 – Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.

13 – Grabbing the clavicle.

14 – Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.

15 – Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.

16 – Stomping the head of a grounded opponent.

17 – Kicking to the kidney with the heel.

18 – Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver)

19 – Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.

20 – Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.

21 – Spitting at an opponent.

22 – Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.

23 – Holding the ropes or the fence.

24 – Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.

25 – Attacking an opponent on or during the break.

26 – Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.

27 – Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round.

28 – Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.

29 – Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.

30 – Interference by the corner.

31 – Throwing in the towel during competition.

32 – Using a foreign object in the ring to your advantage.

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