The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has now become the latest governing body to approve the Unified Rules Of MMA.
While the commission has now accepted the new unified rules, there is only two rules that are going to be added to the former rule set the commission had previously used.
Those two new rules are the definition of a grounded fighter and heel strikes to the kidneys are now legal.
The new rules will go into effect on August 1, they are going to be used for all Brazilian MMA promotion and for promotions like the UFC as they run events in the country.
CABMMA Director Of Operations Cristiano Sampaio recently issued a statement to MMA Fighting about the commission adopting the new rules.
“So, we can’t affirm that there is a negative impact on the athletes’ integrity with this specific rule (definition of a grounded opponent),” Sampaio said. “So, we conclude that this technique (heel strikes to the kidneys) is not trained by athletes because it’s not efficient, and for that reason it's not applied by them in fights.”
There are still a lot of states like New Jersey, Texas, Maryland, Virginia and others that have yet to adopt the new Unified Rules Of MMA.