The revised 523 CMR for the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has now been passed. Effective immediately fighter licensing amateur and professional will require the following medicals, please be advised of the changes:

6.01: continued
(5) The fee for issuance or renewal of a license shall be included with the application as provided by
M.G.L. c. 7, § 3B.

(6) All licenses issued pursuant to 523 CMR 6.00 except for professional or amateur unarmed combatant licenses under 523 CMR 6.01(6)(a) shall be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance unless otherwise suspended or revoked by the Commission. Professional or amateur unarmed combatant licenses are valid for one event only. The renewal of any license is not automatic. The Commission will consider the applicant’s past performance and abilities in evaluating an application for renewal.


(a) License Extension – Military Service. If the licensee is on active duty with the armed forces of the United States, as defined in M.G.L. c. 4, § 7 clause forty-third, the license shall remain valid until the licensee is released from active duty and for a period of not less than 90 days following that release. For 523 CMR 6.01(6)(a) to apply, the licensee must be given an Honorable Discharge, a General Discharge, or an Under Other than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC) Discharge as noted on their discharge and separation papers.


(7) The license holder shall have the responsibility of reporting any change of mailing address, email address, and/or change of circumstance to the Commission. The information on file at the Commission shall be deemed accurate for purposes of notification unless changed by the license holder.
(8) In accordance with M.G.L. c. 147, § 35, no license shall be issued to any individual younger than 18 years old except as provided by M.G.L. c. 147, § 39.


6.02: Physical and Medical Examinations and Tests for Professional and Amateur Unarmed Combatants
(1) Prior to issuance of a license, all unarmed combatants shall undergo the physical and medical examinations and tests set forth in 523 CMR 6.02(2). In addition, the Commission shall have the discretion at any time to order an unarmed combatant to undergo any physical and medical examination or test that may be advisable to protect the unarmed combatant’s physical health and safety. During such examinations and tests, unarmed combatants must reveal all vital facts relating to the unarmed combatant’s physical condition to the examining physician. Concealing any vital facts shall be cause for suspension or revocation of the individual’s license.


(2) License Examinations. As a prerequisite to licensure, all unarmed combatants 18 years of age or older shall provide documentation demonstrating that they have undergone the following medical tests and examinations. Each test or examination must be performed by a licensed physician within one year of the event for which the license is sought unless a different time frame is noted. The record of each test or examination must include an acknowledgement from the examining physician that they are aware that the individual is an unarmed combatant and that they are physically fit to compete in so far as the specific test or examination pertains.
(a) physical examination to determine whether the unarmed combatant is physically fit to compete;
(b) an electrocardiogram (EKG) within one year of the event for which a first license is sought,
then within five years of the event for which every subsequent license is sought;
(c) testing for HIV, Hepatitis BsAG, and Hepatitis Cab;
(d) a dilated eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. No person who has
undergone LASIK surgery maybe licensed without medical clearance from an optometrist or
ophthalmologist; (A person who has undergone LASEK or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)
may be licensed.)
(e) a brain CT or brain MRI within five years of the event for which the license is sought.
(3) No earlier than one day prior to a scheduled event, all female fighters shall provide satisfactory
proof to a Commission approved physician that they are not pregnant.
(4) The Commission or its designee may refuse to allow anyone other than the unarmed combatant
or a manager to submit physical and medical examinations and tests required by 523 CMR 6.02(2).


What this Means for you as a fighter
Massachusetts state athletic commission revision of 523 CMR will now require amateur fighters fighting in Mass to have a brain MRI/brain CT in order to be licensed to compete.
If you follow amateur MMA you know that our extremely talented amateur fighters do not get paid for what they do they simply do it for the love of the sport and to gain experience before going pro. Forcing them to undergo an astronomically expensive test starting at around $400.00 that will most likely have to be paid out of pocket is absolutely ludicrous and may be the beginning of the end of amateur MMA in New England.

I will have more on this as I gather details over the next few days but these changes are effective as of February 2nd 2017 we respectfully ask that you please spread the word to your fighters and camps until they are posted for public review.


Feel free to send emails to if you would like comments sent to the athletic board as this cat scan requirement for amateurs is a test that should not be required unless you are pro.