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Let’s look at an official guide to UWF-style rules ahead of Josh Barnett’s BLOODSPORT 7

Ahead of Josh Barnett’s BLOODSPORT 7 this weekend, I’ve translated an official guide to UWF’s point-system rules. It comes from a section of author and historian Fumi Saito’s 1994 book, プロレス大事典  (Pro Wrestling Encyclopedia).

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UWF, RINGS, UWF-international, Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi, and Pancrase each have their own point-system rules.

Official UWF rulebook, from Fumi Saito’s Pro Wrestling Encyclopedia 1994

Here, we will introduce the rules of the UWF world that are different from the rules of normal professional wrestling. 

The four former UWF groups (RINGS, UWFi, PWFG, & Pancrase) have their own point system rules that are different from the usual professional wrestling rules. 

Let me introduce the official RINGS rules as an example.

☆ Round system

① Match time
・Three minutes five rounds (the interval between rounds is minutes.)

・In the case of a draw, one extra round will be played.  (2) Special case to decide the victory or defeat
・TKO loses three times down in one round.
・Two rope escapes are considered as one down.  In the round, the number of lost points (difference of more than knock-down) is used to judge, and if the time runs out, the decision goes to the fighter with the most dominant rounds, and if there is no difference, overtime is played.

*In the extended round, the person who loses the best point from the opponent for the first time wins (“Sudden Death” method).*

☆ One game for 30 minutes

① Decision of victory or defeat. 
Give up, 10 count KO, TKO, referee stop, doctor stop, judgment.

Point system
・Two rope breaks are regarded as one knockdown.
・If the time runs out and there is no difference of one down (or two escapes), or if there’s a lost point, it will be a draw. 

③ Foul technique and effective technique
・It is forbidden to hit the face.  Hitting with the palm bottom is acceptable.
・It is acceptable to hit while on the bottom.
・It is acceptable to hit the elbow in the standing fight, and the elbow in the ground fight is prohibited.
・The head is acceptable only fo
r attacks from the neck to the bottom.
・All kicking techniques except toe kicking are acceptable.
・Attacking a downed opponent is prohibited. 

・All joint techniques except with the use of knuckles are acceptable.
・It is prohibited to grab or hit the groin area.

・All chokehold techniques are allowed.
・All throwing techniques are effective.  (Excerpt from the Rings Official Pamphlet)

As you can see, UWF-style rules are considerably more complicated than regular professional wrestling rules. For more details, see the pamphlets of each organization and study each.

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