Professional WKO K1 Rules
WKO Only permits fighters to turn professional at 18yrs old.
A, Each match is three or five rounds in duration, with each round lasting three minutes.
B, None Title Bout 3 x 3 Minute Round with 1 Minute Rest Break
C, Regional/Area Title Bout 3 x 3 Minute Round with 1 Minute Rest Break
D, National up to World Title 5 x 3 Minute Round with 1 Minute Rest Break
E, WKO also work in collaboration with Super Fight Series (SFS) when SFS follow WKO Rules & Requirements.
The match can end by Knockout, Technical Knockout, Decision, Disqualification, Draw or No Contest.
Both the referee and the ring doctor have full authority to stop the fight.
The fight is scored by three judges on a ten-point must system (The winner of each round receives ten points, and the loser receives nine or less. If the round is even, both competitors receive ten points).
If there is a draw after three rounds, the judges’ scores are thrown out and one or two extra three-minute rounds are contested.
The judges’ decision will then come from the scoring of each extra round only. If, after the extra round(s), there is still a draw, the judges will decide a winner based on the flow of the entire match, considering even the slightest difference.
A fight can only end in a draw if both fighters go down at the same time and cannot get up, or in the case of accidental injury in the late stages of the contest.
The three-knockdown rule is in effect (three knockdowns in a round results in a technical knockout).
The mandatory eight count is in effect (the referee must count to at least “eight” on all knockdowns).
The standing eight count is in effect (the referee has the right to declare a knockdown on a fighter who appears to be in a dangerous condition to continue in the match).
A fighter can be saved by the bell only in the last round.
In K-1 single elimination tournament matches:
Each match is three rounds in duration.
The three-knockdown rule becomes a two-knockdown rule for all matches except the final.
One or two reserve fights are held prior to the single elimination matches. If for any reason a fighter who wins and advances through the brackets is unable to continue, a reserve match competitor, or the fighter’s opponent from the most recent match, takes his place. There are certain exceptions to this rule (i.e. a fighter who lost a match by knockout might not be eligible to replace another fighter).
The following equipment is mandatory:
GUM-SHIELDS are required at all levels.
BREAST PROTECTORS are optional but recommended for all ladies.
8oz Gloves can be worn for Under 70KG fighters, but must be agreed by both sides in advance of the fight, and only with consent of WKO.
10oz Gloves are required for all weights without the need for consent