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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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) files this notice of intent to review and consider for re-adoption, revision, or repeal, Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 61, Combative Sports. This review and consideration is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Texas Government Code, §2001.039.

An assessment will be made by the Department as to whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist. Each rule will be reviewed to determine whether it is obsolete, whether the rule reflects current legal and policy considerations, and whether the rule reflects current procedures of the Department.

Any questions or written comments pertaining to this rule review may be submitted by mail to Pauline Easley, Legal Assistant, General Counsel’s Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, or by facsimile to 512/475-3032, or electronically to The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication in the Texas Register.

Proposed changes to these rules as a result of the rule review will be published in the Proposed Rule Section of the Texas Register. The proposed rules will be open for public comment prior to final adoption or repeal by the Department, in accordance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.

§61.1. Authority.
§61.10. Definitions.
§61.20. General Licensing Requirements.
§61.21. Licensing Requirements--Referees.
§61.22. Licensing Requirements--Judges.
§61.23. General Prohibitions.
§61.24. Practice Requirements—General.
§61.30. Responsibilities and Authority of the Executive Director.
§61.40. Responsibilities of the Promoter.
§61.41. Responsibilities of the Referee.
§61.42. Responsibilities of Judges.
§61.43. Responsibilities of Seconds.
§61.44. Responsibilities of Managers.
§61.45. Responsibilities of Timekeepers.
§61.46. Responsibilities of Ringside Physicians.
§61.47. Responsibilities of Contestants.
§61.48. Responsibilities of Amateur Combative Sports Associations.
§61.49. Certain Amateur Events.
§61.80. Fees.
§61.91. Sanctions and Penalties.
§61.105. Weight Categories and Weigh-in--Boxing and Kickboxing.
§61.106. Ring and Glove Requirements--Boxing and Kickboxing Contests.
§61.107. Boxing.
§61.108. Kickboxing.
§61.110. Martial Arts.
§61.111. Mixed Martial Arts.
§61.112. Muay Thai Fighting.
§61.120. Medical Advisory Committee.

Issued in Austin, Texas on April 14, 2014.

William H. Kuntz, Jr.
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

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 May 2014. 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 May 2014."

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.

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Event Schedule

All events are subject to change or cancellation.

  • 07/24/14 Savarese Promotions, Houston
  • 07/26/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth - CANCELED
  • 07/26/14 South Coast Promotions, Humble
  • 07/31/14 Aztlan Boxing Promotions, Houston
  • 08/02/14 Nord Boxing Promotions, Pharr
  • 08/07/14 Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, Corpus Christi
  • 08/15/14 Iron Boy El Paso, El Paso - CANCELED
  • 08/16/14 Back Alley Promotions, Dallas
  • 08/22/14 Paulie Ayala Productions, Ft. Worth
  • 08/22/14 Escalante Promotions, El Paso
  • 08/30/14 Triple A, San Antonio
  • 09/06/14 Standing 8 Promotions, Ft. Worth
  • 09/06/14 Top Rank, Laredo
  • 09/12/14 Pound 4 Pound, El Paso
  • 09/20/14 Jesse Rodriguez Promotion, Dallas
  • 10/11/14 Mario Davila Media, Pharr
  • 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)
  • 07/25/14 STFC, Victoria
  • 08/16/14 IFC, Plainview
  • 09/05/14 STFC, McAllen
  • 09/12/14 JC Fight Promotions, Brownsville
  • 09/20/14 IFC, Lubbock
  • 10/17/14 Legacy Promotions, Dallas
  • 10/18/14 Texas Premier Fight Promotions, Midland
  • 10/18/14 Back Alley, Arlington
  • 11/01/14 IFC, Amarillo
  • 11/14/14 Legacy Promotions, San Antonio
  • 12/12/14 Legacy Promotions, Houston
Combination Events (Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts)
  • 08/02/14 Solid Knockout, Kingsville
  • 08/07/14 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
  • 08/16/14 Savarese Promotions, Texas City
  • 09/13/14 Solid Knockout Promotions, Beeville
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts
  • 07/26/14 USACA, Austin
  • 07/26/14 IFC, Amarillo
  • 07/26/14 South Plains Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (SPAMMA), Lubbock - CANCELED
  • 07/31/14 IASA, Victoria
  • 08/01/14 SCC, Galveston
  • 08/08/14 CHASM Elite, Belton
  • 08/09/14 Xtreme Combat Productions, Corpus Christi
  • 08/23/14 Premiere Combat Group (PCG), San Antonio
  • 08/23/14 Savarese Amateur Association (SAA), Houston
  • 08/23/14 Premier Fight Association (PFA), Abilene
  • 08/30/14 Enlightened Warriors, El Paso
  • 09/27/14 National Amputee Boxing Association (NABA), Live Oak
  • (no events scheduled)

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