Combative Sports

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Combative Sports in Texas - Combative Sports is a full contact competition between two contestants. The primary sport in this program is boxing. Other sports regulated by this program are kick boxing, shoot wrestling / fighting, pancration wrestling / fighting, mixed martial arts contests or any form of competition in which a blow is struck which may reasonably be expected to inflict injury. Kick boxing is a form of boxing in which blows are delivered with any part of the arm below the shoulder, including the hand, and any part of the leg below the hip including the foot. Shoot wrestling / pancration wrestling is a form of full contact martial arts in which opponents may, while standing, strike with the open hand, kick, wrestle, throw grapple and submit. For more information about combative sports, e-mail TDLR at combative.sports@tdlr.texas.gov.


Vacancies on the Combative Sports Advisory Board - TDLR announces vacancies on the Combative Sports Advisory Board (Board) established by 16 Texas Administrative Code §61.120. The purpose of the Combative Sports Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and TDLR on the health and safety of contestants and other matters relevant to the administration and enforcement of this Chapter. The Board meets at the call of the presiding officer of the Commission or TDLR’s Executive Director. Service as a Board member is voluntary and compensation is not authorized by law.

The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the approval of the Commission. The Board members serve terms of six years, with the terms of two or three members, expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year. If a license is required to hold any of the member positions on the Board, the license must be issued by the State of Texas, in good standing at appointment and throughout the balance of the term. The Board is composed of the following members: four physicians; one representative of a boxing promoter; one representative of a mixed martial arts promoter; one combative sports referee or judge licensed at least three years; one former combative sports contestant; and one public member.  This announcement is for the positions listed above.

Interested persons should complete an application on the TDLR website. Applicants can also request an application by telephone (800-803-9202), fax (512-475-2874) or e-mail (advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov).


The Combative Sports Advisory Board met January 15, 2016 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

House Bill 3315 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amended Occupations Code, Chapter 2052, relating to changing the name of the Medical Advisory Committee to the Combative Sports Advisory Board.  House Bill 3315 and the changes to Chapter 2052 became effective September 1, 2015. TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Combative Sports program to review the updated Occupations Code, Chapter 2052.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation now offers online training for Contract Inspectors who are an essential part of the Texas Combative Sports Team. If you are interested in an opportunity to work as an inspector at a boxing or mixed martial arts event, the department encourages you to watch the videos in this YouTube playlist and then contact the combative sports program at Combative.Sports@tdlr.texas.gov .

If you are a medical doctor licensed by the State of Texas interested in participating in TDLR’s Combative Sports program or are currently a ringside physician and want a refresher, you can watch videos of our live seminar in this YouTube playlist.


Policy Statement - Five-minute Rounds in Professional MMA Events

Individuals from the combative sports industry attended the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s strategic planning Face-to-Face session in Houston on March 24, 2014. During the question and answer sessions, a discrepancy between the lengths of rounds in Texas for Professional MMA fights compared to other states was mentioned and recorded. TDLR’s legal staff conducted research and discovered this was in fact the case. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has determined a new policy is appropriate for Professional MMA events in Texas.

TDLR Combative Sports Policy Concerning Professional MMA Lengths of Rounds: Beginning on April 1, 2014, and going forward, all Professional MMA events may be 5-minute rounds in Texas unless the promoter of the event determines, for safety or other reasons, that rounds should be shortened to a minimum of 3-minutes in length.

This policy aligns the state of Texas with other states concerning Professional MMA rounds. The change in policy should increase the number of events held around the state by encouraging more professional fighters to come to Texas. Most importantly, it has also been determined that the change in policy does not hinder the safety measures already in place to protect fighters at these events.


Effective immediately, all applications for combative sports contestants must use the current Professional Contestant Application, Form BOX001, dated January 2015. Older forms will no longer be accepted. You can make sure you are using the latest form by looking in the bottom left-hand corner of the form. It should read, "TDLR Form BOX001 Rev January 2015."

For more information about the TDLR Combative Sports program contact TDLR at combative.sports@tdlr.texas.gov or 800-803-9202. Also, you can sign up to receive TDLR Email Updates to be notified about any further changes to the Combative Sports Program.


Combative Sports Safety Webinar - TDLR encourages anyone interested in the safety of combative sports participants to view this "Diagnosis and Management of Concussion in Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Combatants" webinar.

Event Schedule

All events are subject to change or cancellation.

Boxing
  • 05/26/16 Aztlan Boxing Promotions, Houston
  • 05/28/16 TGB Promotions, San Antonio
  • 06/18/16 G & M Boxing, Houston
  • 06/25/16 Top Rank, Dallas
  • 06/25/16 Leija/Battah, San Antonio
  • 06/28/16 Leija/Battah, San Antonio
  • 07/22/16 Gatica Boxing, Austin
  • 07/23/16 Leija/Battah, San Antonio
  • 07/23/16 Golden Eagle, El Paso
  • 07/29/16 Cavazos Boxing, Pharr
  • 08/20/16 Big Card Promotions, Dallas
  • 08/20/16 Back Alley (XKO), Dallas
  • 09/03/16 Leija/Battah, San Antonio
  • 09/10/16 Golden Eagle, El Paso
  • 09/10/16 Triple A Promotions, San Antonio
  • 10/08/16 Leija/Battah, San Antonio
  • 11/05/16 Leija/Battah, San Antonio
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • 06/03/16 Keyser Entertainment, Laredo
  • 06/03/16 Superior Combative Championships, Ft. Worth
  • 06/17/16 Fury Fighting Championship, Humble
  • 06/18/16 Triple A Promotions, San Antonio
  • 06/24/16 Legacy, Dallas
  • 07/16/16 STFC, McAllen
  • 07/23/16 Superior Combative Championships (SCC) DBA Stephen Lawhorn, Tyler
  • 08/06/16 Ignite Fighting Championship, Amarillo
  • 08/12/16 Superior Combative Championships, Ft. Worth
  • 09/10/16 Fury Fighting Championship, Humble
  • 10/14/16 Superior Combative Championships, Ft. Worth
  • 10/22/16 Texas Premier Fight Promotions, Midland
  • 11/04/16 Fury Fighting Championship, Humble
  • 12/02/16 Legacy, Houston
  • 12/02/16 Superior Combative Championships, Ft. Worth
Combination Events (Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts)
  • 08/05/16 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts
  • 06/03/16 Keyser Entertainment Amateur Association (KEAA), Laredo
  • 06/17/16 Garcia Promotions, Humble
  • 06/24/16 USACA, Dallas
Kickboxing

No events scheduled.