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.

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Combative Sports

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Texas Combative Sports Mentor Hangs Up Gloves - Dickie Cole retires from TDLR

TDLR is happy to have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Richard (Dickie) Cole. Dickie is retiring on April 30th of this year after 21 years in the Combative Sports program with the state of Texas! His legacy is the safe and organized combative sports events that are seen across the state. Throughout the years, he has been recognized for his dedication to combative sports and has provided opportunities and mentoring for many young men and women to become referees, judges, promoters, and seconds. His care and concern for the sport of boxing has been a lifelong passion that will continue to influence the industry for years to come. We are proud to have worked with Dickie, and to have been recipients of his wisdom and knowledge. He will be missed but not forgotten. We wish him well and thank him for his decades of service to the state of Texas.

Greg Alvarez has been named interim Combative Sports program manager. Alvarez has been a member of the TDLR team for 13 years.

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 001BOX, dated August 2012. 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 Revised 08-2012."

Attention Combative Sports Promoters – TDLR is holding a training seminar for combative sports inspectors on June 21, 2014. No events will be scheduled that weekend. Please plan to schedule events on alternate dates. Thank you for your assistance.

The Medical Advisory Committee met March 7 in Austin. The agenda is online. View the staff reports. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

TDLR amended the Combative Sports administrative rules on November 21, 2013, to implement changes in the Combative Sports law created by Senate Bill 618, authored by Sen. John Carona and enacted in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature. The amended Combative Sports rules take effect on January 1, 2014 and will:

  • Eliminate the ringside physician license type, allowing TDLR to assign, by agreement, individuals with an unrestricted and unlimited Texas Medical Board license to combative sports events;
  • Eliminate the timekeeper license type and establishment of an appointment process for timekeepers assigned to combative sports events;
  • Establish a selection criteria and procedure for the assignment of individuals who agree to act as ringside physicians and timekeepers for combative sports events.

For more information about the TDLR Combative Sports program contact TDLR at 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.

2013 Changes to Combative Sports Law

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TDLR is now accepting online payment for administrative penalties.

Professional Combative Sports Drug Screening

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.

Texas combative sport results are now available via an RSS feed. The Texas combative sport results RSS feed gives official results as soon as they are available. RSS icon Subscribe to the RSS feed

Click on each link below for information on upcoming combative sports events. Links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The Department is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of linked websites. These sites may also not be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Event Schedule

All events are subject to change or cancellation.

  • 04/17/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, San Antonio
  • 04/18/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, San Antonio
  • 04/24/14 Real Estate Council Foundation, Dallas
  • 04/25/14 Triple A Promotions, Pharr
  • 04/26/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth
  • 05/03/14 Nord Boxing Promotions, Hidalgo
  • 05/10/14 Escalante Promotions, El Paso
  • 05/17/14 Scratch Hard Promotions, San Antonio
  • 05/17/14 Triple A Promotions, Austin
  • 05/30/14 Mario Davila Media, Brownsville
  • 06/06/14 Iron Boy El Paso, El Paso
  • 06/07/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth
  • 06/14/14 Black Gloves Promotions, Dallas
  • 06/23/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, San Antonio
  • 07/12/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth
  • 07/26/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, San Antonio
  • 08/08/14 Iron Boy El Paso, El Paso
  • 08/18/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, San Antonio
  • 09/06/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth
  • 10/17/14 Iron Boy El Paso, El Paso
  • 10/25/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth
  • 11/22/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, San Antonio
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • 04/19/14 Premier Fight Association, Snyder
  • 05/03/14 IFC, Amarillo
  • 05/10/14 Back Alley Promotions, Dallas
  • 05/10/14 Ignite Fighting Championship (IFC), Amarillo
  • 05/16/14 STFC, McAllen
  • 05/24/14 Orthrus Promotions, Midland
  • 06/07/14 Ignite Fighting Championship (IFC), Amarillo
  • 06/13/14 Legacy Promotions, Houston
  • 06/14/14 J and C Promotions, Brownsville
  • 06/28/14 UFC, San Antonio
  • 07/12/14 24/7, Midland
  • 07/18/14 Legacy Promotions, Dallas
  • 10/17/14 Legacy Promotions, Dallas
  • 11/14/14 Legacy Promotions, San Antonio
  • 12/12/14 Legacy Promotions, Houston
Combination Events (Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts)
  • 05/29/14 Savarese Promotions, Houston
  • 06/20/14 Xtreme Combat Productions, Corpus Christi
  • 08/02/14 Solid Knockout, Kingsville
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts
  • 04/18/14 Enlightened Warriors, Austin
  • 04/25/14 TAMI, Arlington
  • 05/16/14 Superior Combative Championships (SCC), Galveston
  • 05/23/14 TRCAA and ABG, Harlingen
  • (no events scheduled)

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