The state of Virginia has just announced some critical changes for MMA. Those changes are mandatory blood testing for all fighters and those amateur fights being non-sanctioned.
Until now, only professional fighters in this state were required to submit blood tests. Some amateur MMA bodies still don’t require blood screening and/or medical evaluations.
Prior to the other mentioned change, all MMA fights in the state of Virginia were held under the unified rules- three five-minute rounds for non-title fights (five for championship fights and UFC main event fights) and a 10-point scoring system for each of three judges. Future amateur fights will be recorded as Non-Sanctioned Fights (NSF), just like the non-finale pro bouts we see on MMA reality shows such as “The Ultimate Fighter”.
The rules change to have a new Amateur Sanctioning Organization for the state means amateur fighters no longer are required to compete on sanctioned MMA cards or have to travel out of state to compete on a sanctioned MMA event.