ONE Championship


ONE Championship™ uses the Global MMA Rule Set which blends a combination of Best Practices from Asian and Non-Asian Rules.


Bout Duration
Each bout will be 3 rounds x 5 minutes per round with a 1 minute break in between rounds.

Championship bouts will be 5 rounds x 5 minutes per round with a 1 minute break in between rounds.


Ways to Win 
A victory is attained by one of the following ways:

  • Knockout
  • Submission
  • Verbal tapout
  • Technical knockout by referee stoppage
  • Cornerman requests a stoppage
  • Decision

Decision Wins 
In the event that a bout goes the distance, it will go to a judges’ decision.The 3 judges will score the bout in its entirety, not round-by-round. Judges will utilize the ONE judging criteria in descending order of importance to determine the winner of the bout.


ONE Judging Criteria:

  • Near KO or Submission
  • Damage (Internal, Accumulated, Superficial)
  • Striking combinations and cage generalship (Ground control, Superior positioning)
  • Earned takedowns or takedown defense
  • Aggression



Standing Techniques

1) Striking including kicks, knees, punches, forearm and elbow strikes to the head, body and legs are allowed. With exception to illegal targets including

  • Groin
  • Throat
  • Trachea
  • Back of head, neck or spine
  • Small joint manipulation

2) Clinching and standing submissions

3) Takedowns:

  • All takedowns are legal but must not result in spiking or pile driver to the head or neck


Grounded Techniques
A fighter is considered grounded when they have any part of their body other than the soles of their feet touching the ground

  • Punches, elbows, kicks and knee strikes to the head, body and legs
  • Submissions
  • Kicks to the head, body and legs
  • Up-kicks to the head, body and legs
  • Stomps to the body and legs

Illegal Techniques:

  • Stomps to the head
  • Head Butting
  • Hair Pulling
  • Eye Gouging
  • Orifice Insertion
  • Spitting
  • Grabbing onto the cage fence