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Endurance Format details: 

In our exclusive format, the only way to earn a point is via submission and in this rule set its possible to earn more than one per match. Two or more taps from your opponent against the mat, you, or a verbal indication to the referee will count as an earned point. All submissions are legal. If there is a tie or no submission in the traditional 3 rounds, an unlimited overtime round takes place.

Attire is NOGI. Rash guards (short and long sleeve), no shirt, pocketless fight shorts, and spats are all permitted in competition. A sponsored event will provide the gear however not all events are sponsored. 

No loose shirts, pockets, socks, shoes, gloves, hats, head gears, jewelry, clothing with profanity, jeans, or anything that is not specifically designed for competition is permitted. 

All official calls and decisions are from the official overseeing the match. If a submission is contested the competitor has the right to request a review though the outcome is determined by the referee. 

We ask that you be respectful of your opponent, fellow competitors, fans, and event staff. 

1) No unsportsmanlike conduct will be allowed. You may be disqualified or ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. The referees will be shown maximum respect at all times. Their decisions are final and will not be overturned.
2) No striking, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small joint manipulation (finger or toe locks), hair pulling, grabbing the windpipe, or ear pulling will be permitted.
3) No infectious skin diseases (such as ringworm, staph, and MRSA) or open wounds will be permitted. No lubricants, oils, or lotions of any kind will be permitted on any part of the body or clothing.
4) Competitors will be allowed to continue grappling anywhere on the matted area. If the competitors near the edge of the mat, they will be restarted from the same position, unless the referee is unable to duplicate the position for any reason. In case the referee is unable to duplicate the position, the competitors will restart from a standing position.
5) If a competitor flees the ring when a submission is locked in and the competitor is obviously fleeing to avoid submission, he or she will be automatically disqualified.

6) No slamming allowed. Illegal slamming will be defined as slamming your opponent to escape submissions and/or to pass the guard; or standing from the guard and/or jumping from a standing position to slam your opponent.

7) Stalling the match will result in 2 warnings from the official before proceeding to being placed in a reset position to the advantage of your opponent or disqualification. 

8) If the match takes place inside a cage no grabbing the cage walls is permitted though they can be used for leverage. 

9) It is the responsibility of competitors to tap within a reasonable amount of time when in a dangerous position. 


What makes ARENA different? 

We are submission grappling's definitive match. This involves our exclusive endurance format ruleset and removing all possible variables in the match to have a winner declared without debate. We put just as much care into the match videos to create a unique approach to how matches are watched. 

All submission are legal? 

Yes. Our rules allow for almost all submissions except for small joint manipulation. 

Slams legal? 

At the current time slams are NOT legal. 

Coach Policy? 

One coach per team is permitted entry on filming day. Your coach is NOT interchangeable with an unaffiliated guest. Coaches must refrain from profanity, "cheerleading", grabbing the cage walls, standing on chairs, and unprofessional behavior. All coaching during the rounds must be for strategic purposes ONLY. 


The majority of our filming days are for competitors and coaches only. However, there will be a select few title cards that will allow in person spectators with our 'On Set Pass'. 

Can someone film my match for me? 

No. All competitors will be provided a high quality video once the event is made public. 


Our weigh in policy is to allow day before video submissions (submitted by 9pm the day before the match) as well as a day of option.  The choice is made by the competitor. The allowance is a maximum of 1lb. 

Can I use the cage walls during my match? 

Yes. We only restrict grabbing the cage walls. 

Do I have to apply for each new card? 

No. We do however recommend submitting a new application if your information needs to be updated. 

Can I tell people about the match result? 

We appreciate confidentiality until the match is made public on release day. 

What happens of I can't make my match commitment? 

All drop-outs without a medically verified excuse will be considered for roster removal. All claims of injury must have documentation proving it. All drop outs in the 48 hours leading up to the event will be considered for roster removal regardless of reason. 


Additional Info

We strongly recommend the use of a mouth guard. 

No fish hooking, no eye gouging, no small joint manipulation, no single finger manipulation.

All competitors are expected to trim nails and use proper hygiene. 

The filming day and the match release day are separate days. Please read all information provided.

Parking is on site at the location at Droogs MMA in Pottstown, PA.

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