ONE Championship


ONE Championship™ uses the Global MMA Rule Set which blends a combination of Best Practices from Asian and Non-Asian Rules.


Bout Duration
Each bout will be 3 rounds x 5 minutes per round with a 1 minute break in between rounds.

Championship bouts will be 5 rounds x 5 minutes per round with a 1 minute break in between rounds.


Ways to Win 
A victory is attained by one of the following ways:

  • Knockout
  • Submission
  • Verbal tapout
  • Technical knockout by referee stoppage
  • Cornerman requests a stoppage
  • Decision

Decision Wins 
In the event that a bout goes the distance, it will go to a judges’ decision.The 3 judges will score the bout in its entirety, not round-by-round. Judges will utilize the ONE judging criteria in descending order of importance to determine the winner of the bout.


ONE Judging Criteria:

  • Near KO or Submission
  • Damage (Internal, Accumulated, Superficial)
  • Aggression
  • Striking combinations and cage generalship
    (Ground control, Superior positioning)
  • Earned takedowns or takedown defense



Standing Techniques

1) Striking including kicks, knees, punches, forearm and elbow strikes to the head, body and legs are allowed. With exception to illegal targets including

  • Groin
  • Throat
  • Trachea
  • Back of head, neck or spine
  • Small joint manipulation

2) Clinching and standing submissions

3) Takedowns:

  • All takedowns are legal but must not result in spiking or pile driver to the head or neck


Grounded Techniques
A fighter is considered grounded when they have any part of their body other than the soles of their feet touching the ground

  • Punches, elbows, and knee strikes
    to the head, body, and legs
  • Submissions
  • Kicks to the body and legs
  • Up-kicks to the body and legs
  • Stomps to the body and legs

Illegal Techniques:

  • Stomps and any form
    of kicks to the head
  • Head Butting
  • Hair Pulling
  • Eye Gouging
  • Orifice Insertion
  • Spitting
  • Grabbing onto the cage fence