Fight Rules

Immortal Champions Fight Rules

Immortal Champions presents fight events in London featuring MMA, K-1 rules kickboxing, and Muay Thai. We plan to organise events internationally in the future.

Our events have been sanctioned by the ISKA, WKO, and UK Muay Thai Federation. Fighters who have competed in our events include GLORY and Superkombat veteran and British kickboxing legend Daniel Sam.

Daniel Sam was victorious at Immortal Champions III.

We take martial arts competition seriously, and have developed rules and weight categories with fighter safety and fan entertainment in mind. Immortal Champions believes too many weight categories, too many sanctioning bodies, and one-sided matchmaking are harming combat sports.

Immortal Champions General Rules

I. Protective Equipment
All fighters must wear shorts approved by the sanctioning body and promoter.
Combatants must also wear mouth guards and groin protectors.

II. Bout Duration
Non-title fights in all disciplines are 3 rounds.
Championship matches are five rounds, unless the Championship Committee approves
a three-round distance for an Immortal Champions title fight.
All fights have a 60 second interval between rounds, with the exception of five-round
Class A Muay Thai matches.

III. Fouls
Fighters are expected to follow the established rules of the sport they are competing in.
Blows to the groin area, attacks to the spine or back of the head, head butts,
intentional attacks to the eyes, and hitting on the break or after the bell are not allowed,
regardless of the sport and class category.

Referees will issue warnings for fighters who commit fouls,such as low blows or hitting on the break.
Multiple warnings can lead to point deductions and possible disqualification.

IV. Fighter Conduct
Fighters must conduct themselves in a professional and
respectful manner throughout the event, adhering to
sportsmanship principles of the martial arts.

Unsportsmanlike behaviour, including excessive taunting, foul
language, or inappropriate gestures, may result in warnings or
point deductions. Repeated unsportsmanlike behaviour is grounds
for disqualification.

Judging Criteria
Immortal Champions martial arts matches will be scored based on 4 criteria.
These are clean and effective striking, aggression, ring control, and defence.
Judges will emphasise clean and effective strikes and aggression when scoring rounds.

VI. Fighter Appeals
The judges’decisions are generally final. If a combatant believes he or she has received biased treatment from the officials or their match was scored unfairly, they may appeal the bout’s outcome to the appropriate sanctioning body.
As the impartial promoter, Immortal Champions is not a party to the appeal.

These rules are not exhaustive. Additional rules may apply from the relevant sanctioning body.

Immortal Champions KICKBOXING Rules

Immortal Champions kickboxing match rules have been established by Hafiz Bakhshaliyev,
the Immortal Champions CEO and former world champion and 11-time Azerbaijani champion.

Glove Sizes
Glove sizes have been selected with fighter safety and fairness in mind.

Female fighters:
Strawweight (115 lbs / 52 kg): 8 oz gloves
Flyweight (125 lbs / 56 kg): 10 oz gloves
Bantamweight (135 lbs / 61 kg): 10 oz gloves
Featherweight (145 lbs / 66 kg): 10 oz gloves

Female fight action at Immortal Champions I.

Male fighters:
Featherweight (145 lbs / 66 kg): 10 oz gloves
Lightweight (155 lbs / 70 kg): 10 oz gloves
Welterweight (170 lbs / 77 kg): 10 oz gloves
Middleweight (185 lbs / 84 kg): 10 oz gloves
Light Heavyweight (205 lbs / 93 kg): 12 oz gloves
Heavyweight (Over 205 lbs / 93 kg): 12 oz gloves

Tuma vs Kerrone
Czech Heavyweight Marian Tuma (left) grapples with Kerrone Davis during the Immortal Champions I main event.

Extra Rounds:
If the judges score the match a draw, one extra
round of 3 minutes may be contested to determine the
winner. Both fighters must agree to an extra round.

5-Second Clinch
To encourage more striking, clinching is limited to a maximum of
five seconds. Referees can separate fighters if they exceed this
time, promoting continuous action.

No Elbows or Ground Fighting in Kickboxing Matches
Elbows and ground fighting techniques are not allowed in Immortal
Champions kickboxing matches.

Standing Eight Count at the Referee’s Discretion
Standing eight-counts may be implemented at the referee’s discretion.
If a fighter is knocked down but can continue, the referee may
count to eight while assessing their condition before allowing
the fight to continue. An eight-count is not mandatory. It’s at the
referee’s discretion.

Sloan Sifflet takes a count against Alex Barnes at Immortal Champions IV.

8 Excessive Movement:
Backward movement is a natural part of fighting.
Excessive backward movement however will be discouraged by the
referee. Fighters who consistently move backward without engaging
can receive warnings or point deductions,
and be disqualified in the worst case for persistent non-engagement.

Immortal Champions Muay Thai Rules

The traditional martial art of Muay Thai is regularly showcased at Immortal Champions events.

Muay Thai matches are held in four different classes: N, C, B, and A.

In ALL Muay Thai matches, the athletes must wear approved Muay Thai shorts,
a mouth guard, and groin guard. Gloves should be 10-ounce (oz) Muay Thai gloves
with adequate padding and wrist support.

N Class Muay Thai Rules

N Class fighters must wear shin guards, in addition to mouth guards and groin protectors for safety.
N Class matches consist of 3 2-minute rounds with a one-minute rest interval between rounds.
Clinching in N Class matches is allowed but should be kept to a minimum.
Referees will separate fighters if clinches become excessive or
if fighters are not actively working while clinched.
N Class fights do not allow knees or elbows to the head.

N Class Muay Thai fighters are beginning fighters and must wear shin guards.

As with other matches, Fighters are prohibited from using techniques such as elbows,
headbutts, knee strikes, or strikes to the back of the head or
spine. Low blows (strikes below the belt) are also considered

C Class Muay Thai Rules:

C Class matches are the next level of progression from N Class matches.
C Class Muay Thai competitors do not wear shin guards.
Rules for C Class Muay Thai fights are generally similar to N Class
fights but may have slight variations in round duration.

B Class Muay Thai Fights:

B Class fights typically consist of three rounds, with each
round lasting 2 minutes, and a 1-minute break between
rounds. Fighters in C,B, and A class matches do NOT wear shin

Clinching in B Class Muay Thai:
Clinching is allowed and will probably be more prominent in B Class
fights, given the fighters are more experienced.
Referees will separate fighters if necessary.

B Class Muay Thai: Knees to the Head Allowed but Not Elbows
Unlike N Class and C Class, knees to the head are allowed in
B Class matches. Elbows to the head are not permitted.

A Class Muay Thai Rules:

A Class Muay Thai is professional Muay Thai with full Thai rules. It’s the highest
level of Muay Thai competition in the UK.

A Class fights may consist of either three or five rounds contests, with each round
lasting 3 minutes, and usually a 2-minute break between rounds as in traditional
Muay Thai bouts in Thailand.

Rules Specific to A Class:
A Class fights allow the use of both knees and elbows to the
head within the parameters of traditional Muay Thai matches (no
striking below the belt, the spine, to the back of the head, etc).

Clinching is allowed and often a significant aspect of A Class
fights. Fighters may use advanced clinch techniques, including sweeps, unlike
in other classes.

These rules are designed to ensure safe and fair competition within
the different Muay Thai classes while maintaining the integrity of
the sport. Immortal Champions respects the ancient art of Muay Thai, and
understands the importance of promoting fairly matched bouts with competent
referees and judges in order to promote fighter safety and fair competition.

A Class Muay Thai action at Immortal Champions IV!

Immortal Champions: Mixed Martial Arts Rules

Legal Techniques and Rules:
1. Fighter Attire:
Fighters must wear approved MMA shorts and gloves.

  1. Fight Duration:
    MMA fights are typically three rounds for non-title fights and
    five rounds for title fights.
    Round durations are usually 5 minutes per round for title
    fights and 3 5-minute rounds for non-title fights, with a 1-minute
    break between rounds.

If the MMA bout is an amateur contest, rounds may be 3 minutes instead of 5.

  1. Striking:
    Legal striking techniques include punches, kicks, elbows, and
    knee strikes to various parts of the body, including the head.
    Ground and pound (striking a downed opponent) is allowed
    unless otherwise specified.

  2. Grappling:
    Submission holds, such as arm bars, chokes, and leg locks are legal
    Fighters can use takedowns and throws to control their
    opponents on the ground.

  3. Forbidden Techniques:
    Eye gouging, biting, hair pulling, and strikes to the groin are
    strictly forbidden.
    Strikes to the back of the head and spine are illegal.
    Kicks or knees to the head of a downed opponent are prohibited.

  4. Ground Fighting:
    Fighters may engage in ground fighting, including submissions
    and ground-and-pound.
    If a fighter with superior position (mount, side control, north-south, knee on belly, etc)
    is not actively striking or attempting to improve position, the referee may restart the
    match with bout fighters on their feet.

  5. Scoring:
    Fights are scored based on effective striking, grappling, cage
    control, and aggression.

  6. Referee Stoppages
    Referees actively monitor fighter safety while combatants are on the feet or on the ground. If a fighter is not
    intelligently defending his or her self, the referee may stop the fight.

Severe or repeated fouls may result in a disqualification.

Fighter safety and fan entertainment are priorities for Immortal Champions. We hope you enjoy the MMA matches
at our events.

Amateur or professional MMA fighters interested in competing can contact us.


Strawweight (115 lbs / 52 kg)
Flyweight (125 lbs / 56 kg)
Bantamweight (135 lbs / 61 kg)
Featherweight (145 lbs / 66 kg)


Featherweight (145 lbs / 66 kg)
Lightweight (155 lbs / 70 kg)
Welterweight (170 lbs / 77 kg)
Middleweight (185 lbs / 84 kg)
Light Heavyweight (205 lbs / 93 kg)
Heavyweight (Over 205 lbs / 93 kg)