The rules of HIT-FC are based upon the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, supervised by the Shooto Switzerland Commission (SWC). All professional HIT-FC fights are contested over three, five minute rounds (3×5 min), with the exception of five-round championship bouts (5×5 min). There is a one minute rest period in-between rounds. Amateur fights are contested over two, three minute rounds (3×2 min).

HIT-FC only allows competitors to fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Fighters must use approved light gloves which are at least 4 ounces and allow fingers to grab. Gloves should be supplied by the promoter. No contestant shall supply own gloves for participation.

The referee has the right to stop the fighters and stand them up if they reach a stalemate on the ground (where neither fighter is in a dominant position nor working toward one) after a verbal warning.

Matches can end by:

  • Submission: A fighter taps on the mat or his opponent three times (or more) or verbally submits.
  • Knock-out: A fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
  • Technical Knock-out: Stoppage of the fight by the referee if it is determined a fighter cannot “intelligently defend” himself or by ringside doctor due to injury.
  • Judges’ Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision (all three judges score a win for one fighter)
    • split decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with the third for the other)
    • majority decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with one for a draw)
    • unanimous draw (all three judges score a draw)
    • majority draw (two judges score a draw)
    • split draw (the total points for each fighter is equal)

A fight can also end in a technical decision, technical draw, disqualification, forfeit or no contest. Only the referee can stop a fight. The referee may take advice from the ringside physician and/or the Commission with respect to the decision to stop a contest. The referee and the ringside physician are the only individuals authorized to enter the ring/fighting area at any time during competition other than the rest periods and subsequent to the contest ending.


Judging criteria:

If the match reaches its time limit, then the outcome of the bout is determined by the judges. A ten-point must system is used for all HIT-FC fights; the judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points. The decision is announced at the end of the match but the judge’s scorecards are not announced.

A decision is made according to the following criteria in this order of priority:

  • aggressiveness and the effort to finish the fight via KO or submission
  • effective damage given to the opponent via striking/grappling
  • control of the cage and dictating the pace
  • standing combinations and ground control
  • takedowns and takedown defense

If a fight is stopped on advice of the ring doctor after an accidental but illegal action, e.g., a clash of heads, and the contest is in its second or third round, the match will be decided by the judges using the same criteria. If the fight is stopped in the first round due to an accidental but illegal action, it will be ruled a No Contest. If the illegal action is executed on purpose, it will result in a disqualification.



  • Holding or grabbing the fence
  • Holding opponent’s shorts or gloves
  • headbutting
  • Biting
  • Spitting at an opponent
  • Hair pulling
  • Fish-hooking
  • Intentionally placing a finger into any orifice, or into any cut or laceration of an opponent
  • Eye gouging of any kind
  • Groin attacks of any kind
  • Downward pointing of elbow strikes (12 to 6 elbow)
  • Small joint manipulation
  • Strikes to the spine or back of the head
  • Heel kicks to the kidney
  • Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
  • Clawing, pinching, twisting the flesh or grabbing the clavicle
  • Kicking the head of a grounded opponent (Soccer kick)
  • Knee strike to the head of a grounded opponent
  • Stomping on a grounded fighter
  • The use of abusive language in fighting area
  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to opponent
  • Attacking an opponent during a break
  • Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  • Timidity (avoiding contact, consistent dropping of mouthpiece, or faking an injury)
  • Interference from a mixed martial artist’s cornerman
  • Throwing an opponent out of the ring or caged area
  • Flagrant disregard of the referee’s instructions
  • Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his or her head or neck (Piledriver)
  • Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a “no contest” if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.


Prohibited substances:

  • Use of prohibited substances: The use of any illegal drug, narcotic, stimulant, depressant, or analgesic of any description, or alcohol substance, by a contestant either before or during a match, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant from the match and disciplinary action in accordance with the commission licensing the contest.
  • Detection of prohibited substances: In order to detect the presence of any prohibited substance, a contestant shall submit to any pre-contest or post-contest urinalysis or other laboratory procedure that is ordered by the physician appointed by the commission. Refusal to submit to such testing shall result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant from the match and an indefinite suspension.


  • The excessive use of grease or any other foreign substance may not be used on the face or body of an unarmed combatant.
  • A fighter may not wear any jewelry or other piercing accessories while competing in the contest or exhibition.

Facial hair, long nails etc. that may presents any hazard to the safety of the opponent must be removed.

Weight divisions:

  • Strawweight up to 115 lbs (52,16kg)
  • Flyweight over 115 to 125 lbs (56,69kg)
  • Bantamweight over 125 to 135 lbs (61,23kg)
  • Featherweight over 135 to 145 lbs (65,77kg)
  • Lightweight over 145 to 155 lbs (70,30kg)
  • Welterweight over 155 to 170 lbs (77,11kg)
  • Middleweight over 170 to 185 lbs (83,91kg)
  • Light Heavyweight over 185 to 205 lbs (92,98kg)
  • Heavyweight over 205 to 265 lbs (120,20kg)
  • Heavyweight over 265 lbs (+120kg)

In non-championship fights, there shall be allowed a 1 pound (450g) weigh allowance.  In championship fights, the participants must weigh no more than that permitted for the relevant weight division. The organization may also approve catch weight bouts, subject to their review and discretion. Amateur fights: Any strikes on the ground are absolutely prohibited in amateur fights, only grappling techniques can be applied on the ground.


Medical requirements:

  • Contestants shall complete all pre-licensure medical examinations and tests required by the jurisdiction licensing the contest.
  • All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition. The mouthpiece shall be subject to examination and approval by the attending physician. If the mouthpiece is involuntarily dislodged during competition, the referee shall call time, clean the mouthpiece, and reinsert the mouthpiece at the first opportune moment without interfering with the immediate action.
  • Male mixed martial artists must wear a groin protector. Female mixed martial artists may wear a chest protector during competition.
  • The jurisdiction licensing the contest shall conduct or supervise all pre-contest weigh-ins and may hold or supervise a rules meeting for all contestants and their cornermen.
  • Post-contest medical examination.
    • Immediately following a contest, each contestant shall be given a medical examination by a physician appointed by the commission. The medical examination may include any examinations or tests the commission deems necessary to determine the post-contest physical fitness of a contestant.

Any contestant who refuses to submit to a post-contest medical examination can be immediately suspended for an indefinite period.

Shooto Switzerland Commission (SWC) is the organization that supervises HIT-FC. SWC proposes an idea of “Mixed Martial Arts as Sport.”