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PRIDE RULES UPDATE: An anonymous poster asked about time limits in the comments section of my original Pride/Nevada rules analysis. That promted me to look up a few more details about the Pride and Nevad rules:

Pride will have to follow the time limits set by Nevada. Pride normally has a 10 minute round, followed by two 5 minute rounds, with 2 minutes of rest between rounds (scroll down to article 6). But, Nevada’s rules state that all rounds must be 5 minutes, with 1 minute of rest between rounds. Under Nevada rules, regular fights have up to 3 rounds, and championship fights must have 5 rounds.

Pride allows fighters to wear shoes (scroll down to article 4), Nevada does not. Also, the Nevada rules do not allow fighters to wear anything else besides approved shorts, while Pride has allowed fighters such as Royce Gracie to wear a gi.

Finally, Pride does not allow draws and has the following judging criteria (scroll down to article 7):


The three judges shall judge the winner of the fight based on the following criteria:


1. Effort to finish the fight by KO or submission

2. Damaging your opponent

3. Standing combinations and ground control

4. Take down and defense

5. Aggressiveness

6. Weight differences of 10 (ten) kg or more

The above criteria are in descending priority. The criteria will be a determining factor to declare the winner of the fight. The fight will be scored in its entirety not round-by-round. After the third round, each judge must decide the winner of the fight (must system/no draw system).

Nevada uses the following method of judging, which allows for draws, but does not set forth the criteria for judging the winner of a round:


1. Each judge of a contest or exhibition of mixed martial arts that is being judged shall score the contest or exhibition and determine the winner through the use of the following system:


(a) The better unarmed combatant of a round receives 10 points and his opponent proportionately less.

(b) If the round is even, each unarmed combatant receives 10 points.

(c) No fraction of points may be given.

(d) Points for each round must be awarded immediately after the end of the period of unarmed combat in the round.

2. After the end of the contest or exhibition, the announcer shall pick up the scores of the judges from the commission’s desk.

3. The majority opinion is conclusive and, if there is no majority, the decision is a draw.

4. When the commission’s representative has checked the scores, he shall inform the announcer of the decision. The announcer shall inform the audience of the decision over the speaker system.

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