Edmonton Commission Confirms DREAM Rules
After receiving a press release from Colloseo Championship Fighting on using DREAM rules rather than the Unified Rules for MMA, Top MMA News confirmed with the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission that these rules will be in place for CCF 5.
Pat Reid, Executive Director of the ECSC, stated to Top MMA News, “I am confirming that Mr. Santoro will be using DREAM rules in Edmonton in the new year.” Pat Reid discussed the DREAM rules with his top official, John Braak, who assured Pat that he could officiate the event. Pat also discussed the rules with the ECSC doctors who assured Pat that they “were satisfied they could provide the same medical safeguards for the DREAM rules event as any other MMA event.”
For those unaware, here are some differences between the DREAM rules and the Unified Rules:
* knees strikes to the head of a downed opponent are allowed.
* gis and shoes can be worn in the ring
* fights will occur in a ring (although the last DREAM event was in a white cage)
* only two rounds of fighting – 10 minute first round, 5 minute second round.
* fight is judged on their entirety. No 10 point must system will be used to score individual rounds.
* kicks to the head of a downed opponent are only allowed when both fighters are down
* no elbow strikes to the head
* yellow cards will be used
This is the first North American usage of DREAM rules that Top MMA News’ is aware of. It is interesting that while most commissions seem to be working towards a single set of rules that Edmonton would head in the opposite direction.
These rules are approved for the CCF 5 card. The CCF hopes to hold five cards in 2010. There has been no approval by the Edmonton Commission to allow the DREAM rules for future CCF events at this point.