Amateur MMA fighters no longer required to wear shin/foot instep pads in New Jersey

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Amateur MMA fighters no longer required to wear shin/foot instep pads in New Jersey

Amateur MMA fighters in New Jersey will see a new ruling come to fruition in the coming weeks as the requirement for shin and foot protection will no longer be required.

Former professional mixed martial artist turned promoter, Ozzy Dugulubgov, made the announcement today ahead of his promotion’s first show on April 23 in Rahway.

Dugulubugov tagged MyMMANews in a video post today, stating that his show, Revolt Fighting League, will be the first promotion in the Garden State to take advantage of the change.

“For the first time in 17 years, in New Jersey, amateur fighters don’t need to wear shin guards,” Dugulubugov said. “Revolt Fighting League will be the first promotion to run their event under the new regulations.”

The retired MMA fighter who fought as an amateur mixed martial artist in New Jersey went on to say that he hated wearing those shin guards and that he thinks today’s fighters will appreciate this new ruling.

Dugulubgov who went on to hold a 8-2 pro MMA record, made his amateur debut in 2008 at the very same venue he is holding his card at, the Rahway Recreation Center.

Watch Dugulubgov’s announcement below:


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A post shared by Ozzy Dugulubgov (@ozzymma) then followed up with New Jersey State Athletic Control Board to confirm Dugulubgov’s announcement.

“Shin and foot instep pads no longer mandatory equipment for amateur MMA,” Nicholas Lembo, Counsel for the Board told MyMMANews. “Does remain however for amateur kickboxing,” he continued.

What do you say fight fans?  Is this change a good or bad move for amateur mixed martial artists?


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