Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan will be experimenting with a new ranking and development system over the next year. If successful we will be rolling out an enforcing this system from the bottom up by next year and making any changes based on feedback from the MMA community. The ranking and development system will identify and appropriately place fighters in respective skill level divisions. It will build fighters up, step by step so that when they are fighting in professional bouts, they have not only earned that spot but can show those skills to the world and be confident that they will be at international standards. The development system is as follows.
The new student/fighter who wishes to compete must compete in first 3 BJJ tournaments and 3 striking matches (they can be boxing and/or kickboxing). Previous experience in such competitions outside of the PAKMMA network (like Shaheen Smokers, VCL, and PFC) will be considered. Once the athlete has competed in 3 grappling and 3 striking matches he can move on to the next level. The fighter who has not completed with requirement will be known as a NOVICE fighter.
Additional requirements for this level; for the grappling matches, the athlete must advance at least ONCE. If he loses all his matches, he must re-enter a grappling tournament until he advances at least one match.
For the striking matches, the fighter must win at least one match in order to advance. All striking matches will be conducted with full protective equipment and rounds will not be longer than 3 minutes.
Once a fighter has passed these requirements he will be then known as a JUNIOR fighter. To move on to the next level the athlete must fulfill the following requirements. He must win at least one match under MMA rules with full protective equipment, not exceeding three minutes for the round. Once completed the fighter will be known as an AMATEUR fighter.
This is the final step before being a professional fighter and having it be MANDATORY to be paid by your promotion and to be considered for international competition. The AMATEUR fighter must fight at least three times and win at least 2 matches before moving on. These matches will take place with no extra protective equipment, with competition MMA gloves under full MMA rules minus, elbows and knees to the face. Once this phase has been completed, the fighter may come under for REVIEW by PAKMMA to be considered a PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER or not. When you are a professional fighter you will be issued a Fighters License by PAKMMA to identify yourself as a PRO MMA fighter.
This system is to be experimented with over the next year, so don’t expect PRO FIGHTER cards to start being handed out to guys already on the scene. It will take some time for the database to be created and fighters identified. Be patient, and help out. Good things come to those who wait.