Oregon Bulletin

April 1, 2013

Department of Oregon State Police, State Athletic Commission, Chapter 230

Rule Caption: Remove medical disqualification for losing four fights from OAR.

Adm. Order No.: SAC 1-2013

Filed with Sec. of State: 2-21-2013

Certified to be Effective: 2-21-13

Notice Publication Date: 2-1-2013

Rules Amended: 230-020-0330

Subject: The Oregon State Athletic Commission (OSAC) Medical Advisory Committee reviewed rule 230-020-0330(2)(b) and has concluded that the rule requiring medical disqualification after four consecutive losses has no medical basis related to competitor safety.

 The Oregon State Athletic Commission placed calls to both Nevada and New Jersey regulatory bodies regarding medical disqualification for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitors for any number of consecutive losses and the results were that neither of the jurisdictions have any written rule or regulations regarding this.

 Additionally, the OSAC checked with the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) regarding any information they may have regarding medical disqualification for consecutive losses in MMA. The Director of the Association of Boxing Commissions, Tim Lueckenhoff, responded that he had no knowledge of any other jurisdiction having such a rule and that in his opinion he would not support such a rule.

 Conclusion: It is proposed that this rule OAR 230-020-0330(2)(b) on the basis of the above collected information, having no medical basis and no supported the Industry Standard, should be removed from OAR 230-020-0330.

Rules Coordinator: Shannon Peterson—(503) 934-0183


Medical Disqualification

(1) The Superintendent must refuse to certify a boxer or mixed martial arts contestant if the examining physician or the Superintendent determines that withholding certification is necessary to preserve the health or safety of the boxer or mixed martial arts combatant.

(2) A boxer or mixed martial arts contestant is medically disqualified from competition if he or she:

(a) Has sustained a significant cut that is not completely healed;

(b) Has sustained three consecutive knockouts or TKOs, any knockout within the past 60 days, or any TKO within the past 30 days;

(c) Has sustained two knockouts within 90 days or a knockout in the first fight after a disqualification;

(d) Is not sufficiently conditioned to participate safely.

(3) A boxer or mixed martial arts contestant who has sustained three knockouts may be referred for neurological consultation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 463.113
Stats. Implemented: ORS 463.025 & 463.047
Hist.: BWC 1-1988, f. 3-22-88, cert. ef. 3-29-88; BWC 1-1991, f. & cert. ef. 9-20-91, Section (2) renumbered from 230-060-0150(2); BWC 1-1995, f. 10-10-95, cert. ef. 10-13-95; SAC 5-2008, f. 6-12-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; SAC 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 2-21-13

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