PETE SUAZO UTAH ATHLETIC COMMISSION
The Legislature passed the Utah Professional Athletic Commission Act in July 2001. The commission regulates professional unarmed combat sports, including boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The law requires licensing for promoters, managers, contestants, seconds, referees, and judges. Fees collected by the commission help offset the cost of regulating unarmed sports in the state.
BOXING, KICKBOXING & MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
PSUAC is proud to support events and athletes of major unarmed combat sports.
Pete Suazo Utah Athletics Commission Act & Rules
R359-1-501 Promoter’s Responsibilities in Arranging a contest
R359-1-501 (4) Surety Bond Before a permit to hold a contest is granted, the promoter shall post a surety bond with the Commission in the amount of $10,000. or total sum of the contestant purses, officials fees and estimated commission fees, whichever is greater. Promoters who have held less than 5 unarmed combat events in the state of Utah shall deposit an additional $10,000 minimum Cashier’s Check or Bank Draft with the commission no later than 7 days prior to the event or the event may be cancelled by the commission. R359-1-501 (11) Insurance Coverage At the time of an unarmed combat contest weigh-in, the promoter of a contest shall provide primary insurance coverage for each uninsured contestant and secondary insurance for each insured contestant in the amount of $10,000 for each licensed contestant to provide medical, surgical and hospital care for licensed contestants who are injured while engaged in a contest or exhibition:
(a) The term of the insurance coverage must not require the contestant to pay a deductible, for the medical, surgical or hospital care for injuries he sustains while engaged in a contest of exhibition.
(b) If a licensed contestant pays for the medical, surgical or hospital care for injuries sustained during a contest or exhibition, the insurance proceeds must be paid to the contestant or his beneficiaries as reimbursement for the payment.
(c) The promoter shall also provide life insurance coverage of $10,000 for each contestant in case of death resulting from injuries sustained during a contest or exhibition.
(d) The required medical insurance and life insurance coverage shall not be waived by the contestant or any other party.
(e) A contestant seeking medical insurance reimbursement for injuries sustained during an unarmed combat event shall obtain medical treatment for their injuries within 72 hours of their bout and maintain written records of their treatment, expenses and correspondence with the insurance provider and promoter to ensure coverage.
(f) The promoter shall not delay or circumvent the timely processing of a claim submitted by a contestant injured during a contest or exhibition.
- PSUAC Fee Schedule 07_2019
- Appeal Protocols (Downloadable File)
- Appeals Request Form To appeal the contest outcome, this must be submitted on the Appeal Request form within (7) days of the contest to the Director of the PSUAC.
(Adopted by ABC Aug. 12, 2016 / PSUAC Feb. 24, 2017)
Protocol for Administrative Suspension of Non-Performing Contestants:
- Any contestant who has lost their last eight bouts by submission, technical knockout or knockout shall not be approved to compete in the State of Utah.
- Any contestant who has lost nine of their last ten bouts by submission, technical knockout or knockout shall not be approved to compete in the State of Utah.
- Any contestant who has lost their last ten bouts by decision, submission, technical knockout or knockout shall not be approved to compete in the State of Utah.
- Any contestant who has lost thirteen of their last fifteen bouts by any means shall not be approved to compete in the State of Utah.
Protocol for Assigning Officials:
- The commission shall assign judges for events with an anticipated audience exceeding 500 attendees or include title bouts.
- The commission may also assign judges for other events at its discretion.
- Event officials proposed by the promoter are subject to the approval of the commission IAW R359-1-511(1)(b).
Protocol Establishing Penalties for Late Arrivals:
- A contestant who arrives at the venue 30 minutes late is subject to a $25.00 fine or ten percent of their purse, which ever is greater.
- Any contestant who arrives at the venue 45 minutes late is subject to a $50.00 fine or twenty percent of their purse, which ever is greater.
- Any contestant who arrives at the venue 60 minutes late is subject to a $100 fine or fifty percent of their purse, which ever is greater; and a 60 day administrative suspension and cancellation of their bout.
Competing in an Unsanctioned Unarmed Combat Event:
- The Commission shall deny issuing a license to a contestant who has competed in an unarmed combat event not sanctioned by an Association of Boxing Commission (ABC) member commission for a period of 60 days from the date of the event.
- Unarmed combat contestants who are currently licensed by the Commission shall not be approved to compete in an unarmed combat event until 60 days from the date of their last competition in an unarmed combat event not sanctioned by an ABC member.
- After competing in an unsanctioned unarmed combat event, a contestant must submit new blood tests results drawn within 30 days of their scheduled event.
All medical requirements are due 1 week prior to the event to ensure accuracy and as well as proper completion.
All contestants are required to have a current HIV test (less than 6 months old), Hepatitis BsAg (Surface Antigen) and Hepatitis C tests (less than 1 year old) prior to their contest. A negative test for Hepatitis BsAg AND proof of vaccination/immunity for Hepatitis BaB will permanently fulfill the Hepatitis B requirement. Contestants 36 years of age and older also are required to have a 12-lead EKG on file that is less than 1 year old and reviewed by a physician. All contestant are required to have a physical examination completed by a physician (M.D. or D.O.) not more than 60 days prior to the contest and/or licensing or relicensing. The commission-approved form is available below. However, the commission will accept essentially equivalent medical examinations on forms approved by other Association of Boxing Commission member commissions. SUBMIT ALL MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS email@example.com FAX 801-708-0849 (Download here) LICENSE PHYSICAL
Pre-Fight Physical Requirements
(1) Not less than one hour before a contest, each contestant shall be given a medical examination by a physician who is appointed by the designated Commission member. The examination shall include a detailed medical history and a physical examination of all of the following:
(a) eyes; (b) teeth; (c) jaw; (d) neck; (e) chest; (f) ears; (g) nose; (h) throat; (i) skin; (j) scalp; (k) head; (l) abdomen; (m) cardiopulmonary status; (n) neurological, musculature, and skeletal systems; (o) pelvis; and (p) the presence of controlled substances in the body.
(2) If after the examination the physician determines that a contestant is unfit for competition, the physician shall notify the Commission of this determination, and the Commission shall prohibit the contestant from competing.
(3) The physician shall provide a written certification of those contestants who are in good physical condition to compete.
(4) Before a bout, a female contestant shall provide the ringside physician with the results of a pregnancy test performed on the contestant within the previous 14 days. If the results of the pregnancy test are positive, the physician shall notify the Commission, and the Commission shall prohibit the contestant from competing.
(5) A female contestant with breast implants shall be denied a license.
(6) A contestant who has had cardiac surgery shall not be issued a license unless he is certified as fit to compete by a cardiovascular surgeon.
(7) A contest shall not begin until a physician and an attended ambulance are present. The physician shall not leave until the decision in the final contest has been announced and all injured contestants have been attended to.
(8) The contest shall not begin until the physician is seated at ringside. The physician shall remain at that location for the entire fight, unless it is necessary for the physician to attend to a contestant.
In accordance with Section 63C-11-309, the following shall apply to drug testing
(1) The administration of or use of any:
(b) Illicit drug;
(c) Stimulant; or
(d) Drug or injection that has not been approved by the Commission, including, but not limited to, the drugs or injections listed R359-1-506(2), in any part of the body, either before or during a contest or exhibition, to or by any unarmed combatant, is prohibited.
(2) The following types of drugs, injections or stimulants are prohibited for any unarmed combatant pursuant to R359-1-506 (1):
(a) Afrinol or any other product that is pharmaceutically similar to Afrinol.
(b) Co-Tylenol or any other product that is pharmaceutically similar to Co-Tylenol.
(c) A product containing an antihistamine and a decongestant.
(d) A decongestant other than a decongestant listed in R359-1-506 (4).
(e) Any over-the-counter drug for colds, coughs or sinuses other than those drugs listed in R359-1- 506 (4). This paragraph includes, but is not limited to, Ephedrine, Phenylpropanolamine, and Mahuang and derivatives of Mahuang.
(f) Any drug or substance identified on the 2012 edition of the Prohibited List published by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is hereby incorporated by reference. The 2012 edition of the Prohibited List may be obtained, free of charge, at www.wada-ama.org.
(3) The following types of drugs or injections are not prohibited pursuant to R359-1-506 (1), but their use is discouraged by the Commission for any unarmed combatant:
(a) Aspirin and products containing aspirin.
(b) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.
(4) The following types of drugs or injections are accepted by the Commission:
(a) Antacids, such as Maalox.
(b) Antibiotics, antifungals or antivirals that have been prescribed by a physician.
(c) Antidiarrheals, such as Imodium, Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol.
(d) Antihistamines for colds or allergies, such as Bromphen, Brompheniramine, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetane, Hismal, PBZ, Seldane, Tavist-1 or Teldrin.
(e) Antinauseants, such as Dramamine or Tigan.
(f) Antipyretics, such as Tylenol.
(g) Antitussives, such as Robitussin, if the antitussive does not contain codeine.
(h) Antiulcer products, such as Carafate, Pepcid, Reglan, Tagamet or Zantac.
(i) Asthma products in aerosol form, such as Brethine, Metaproterenol (Alupent) or Salbutamol (Albuterol, Proventil or Ventolin).
(j) Asthma products in oral form, such as Aminophylline, Cromolyn, Nasalide or Vanceril.
(k) Ear products, such as Auralgan, Cerumenex, Cortisporin, Debrox or Vosol.
(l) Hemorrhoid products, such as Anusol-HC, Preparation H or Nupercainal.
(m) Laxatives, such as Correctol, Doxidan, Dulcolax, Efferyllium, Ex-Lax, Metamucil, Modane or Milk of Magnesia.
(n) Nasal products, such as AYR Saline, HuMist Saline, Ocean or Salinex.
(o) The following decongestants:
(ii) Oxymetazoline HCL Nasal Spray; or
(iii) Any other decongestant that is pharmaceutically similar to a decongestant listed in R359-1-506 (1)or (2).
(5) At the request of the Commission, the designated Commission member, or the ringside physician, a licensee shall submit to a test of body fluids to determine the presence of drugs or other prohibited substances. A licensee shall give an adequate sample or it will deem to be a denial. The promoter shall be responsible for any costs of testing.
(6) If the test results in a finding of the presence of a prohibited substance or metabolite or if the licensee is unable or unwilling to provide a sample of body fluids for such a test within 60 minutes of notification, the Commission may take one or more of the following actions:
(a) immediately suspend the licensee’s license in accordance with Section R359-1-403;
(b) stop the contest in accordance with Subsection 63C-11-316(2);
(c) initiate other appropriate licensure action in accordance with Section 63C-11-303; or
(d) withhold the contestant’s purse in accordance with Subsection 63C-11-303.
(7) A contestant who is disciplined pursuant to the provisions of this Rule and who was the winner of a contest shall be disqualified and the decision of the contest shall be changed to “no contest” and shall be fined a minimum of their win bonus.
(8) Unless the commission determines otherwise at a scheduled meeting, a licensee who tests positive for prohibited substances or their metabolites shall be penalized as follows:
(a) First offense – 180 day suspension.
(b) Second offense – 1 year suspension, and mandatory completion of a supervisory treatment program approved by the commission that licensed the event.
(c) Third offense – 2 year suspension, and mandatory completion of a supervisory treatment program approved by the commission that licensed the event.
(d) Failure by the contestant to fully disclose all medications taken within 30 days of their pre-fight physical, prior to their bout, shall be deemed unprofessional conduct and double the length of any applicable suspension.
(10) Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).
(a) An applicant or licensee who believes he or she has a therapeutic reason to use a substance described in R359-1-506(2) may request a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to permit continued use of that substance. Such a request may only be granted by the commission itself after a public hearing. The applicant or licensee shall submit the request in writing to the commission. The request shall be accompanied by supporting medical information sufficient to allow the commission to determine whether to grant their request. In reaching its decision, the commission will, at a minimum, determine whether all of the following criteria have been met:
(i) The applicant or licensee would experience a significant impairment to health if the prohibited substance were to be withheld in the course of treating an acute or chronic medical condition;
(ii) The therapeutic use of the prohibited substance would produce no additional enhancement of performance other than that which might be anticipated by a return to a state of normal health following the treatment of a legitimate medical condition;
(iii) The Use of any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method to increase “low-normal” levels of any endogenous hormone is not considered an acceptable Therapeutic intervention;
(iv) Either reasonable therapeutic alternatives to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance have been tried or no reasonable alternative exists; and
(v) The necessity for the use of the otherwise prohibited substance is not a consequence, wholly or in part, of a prior non-therapeutic use of any substance described in R359-1-506(2).
(b) The commission may, in its sole discretion, either grant or deny the request or refer the request to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) or similar evaluating body for a recommendation. The evaluating body shall obtain such evaluation and expert consultation as the body deems necessary. The evaluating body shall present the commission with a written recommendation and a detailed basis for that recommendation.
(c) The applicant shall be responsible to pay any costs associated with the TUE evaluation and all subsequent mandated compliance testing.
(d) The TUE shall be cancelled, if:
(i) The contestant does not promptly comply with any requirements or conditions imposed by the commission.
(ii) The term for which the TUE was granted has expired.
(iii) The contestant is advised that the TUE has been withdrawn by the commission.
Failure to disclose the use of a substance described in Rule R359-1-506(2) constitutes unprofessional conduct and subject to additional disciplinary action under Section 63C-11-303.
In accordance with Section 63C-11-317, contestants shall produce evidence of a clear test for HIV as a condition to participation in a contest as follows:
(1) All contestants shall provide evidence in the form of a competent laboratory examination certificate verifying that the contestant is HIV negative at the time of the weigh-in.
(2) The examination certificate shall certify that the HIV test was completed within 180 days prior to the contest.
(3) Any contestant whose HIV test is positive shall be prohibited from participating in a contest.
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody Testing
In accordance with Section 63C-11-317(d), contestants shall produce evidence of a negative test for HBsAg and HCV antibody as a condition to participation in a contest as follows:
(1) All contestants shall provide evidence in the form of a competent laboratory examination certificate verifying that the contestant is negative at the time of the weigh-in.
(2) The examination certificate shall certify that the HBsAg and HCV antibody testing was completed within one year prior to the contest. The period may be reduced by the commission to protect public safety in the event of an outbreak.
(3) Any contestant whose HBV or HCV result is positive shall be prohibited from participating in a contest.
(4) In lieu of a negative HBsAg test result, a contestant may present laboratory testing evidence of immunity against Hepatitis B virus based on a positive hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) test result or of having received the complete hepatitis B vaccine series as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Contestant Use or Administration of Any Substance
(1) The use or administration of drugs, stimulants, or non-prescription preparations by or to a contestant during a contest is prohibited, except as provided by this Rule.
(2) The giving of substances other than water to a contestant during the course of the contest is prohibited.
(3) The discretional use of petroleum jelly may be allowed, as determined by the referee.
(4) The discretional use of coagulants, adrenalin 1/1000, avetine, and thrombin, as approved by the Commission, may be allowed between rounds to stop the bleeding of minor cuts and lacerations sustained by a contestant. The use of monsel solution, silver nitrate, “new skin,” flex collodion, or substances having an iron base is prohibited, and the use of any such substance by a contestant is cause for immediate disqualification.
(5) The ringside physician shall monitor the use and application of any foreign substances administered to a contestant before or during a contest and shall confiscate any suspicious foreign substance for possible laboratory analysis, the results of which shall be forwarded to the Commission.
All contestants are required to have a current HIV (drawn less than 6 months), Hepatitis B (HBsAg) & Hepatitis C HCVAb) blood test results (drawn less than 1 year old) prior to their bout. All contestants are required to submit a completed licensing physical with their initial or license renewal. Contestants 36 years of age and older are required to have an EKG on file that is less than 2 years old and reviewed by a physician. The fee for contestant and second unarmed combat licenses is $40, licenses for managers and officials are $50 and the fee for a promoter license which is $250. An unarmed combat license is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance. Contestants are also required to have a current MMA ID or Federal Boxing ID. The fee for a new or replacement ID card is $10. The MMA ID and Federal Boxing ID forms are also available below. Please don’t forget to send them in with your original license application, if you have not been issued the respective ID cards. NOTE: THE COMMISSION’S PHYSICAL & MAILING ADDRESSES HAVE CHANGED! If you are mailing in an application, please use our new mailing address: Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission (PSUAC) Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity P.O. Box 146950 60 East South Temple, 3rd Floor Salt Lake City, UT 84414-6950 SUBMIT ALL MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS firstname.lastname@example.org FAX 801-708-0849
Applications and Registration Forms
Federal/National ID Cards
Contestant License Application
Manager License Application & Forms
Promoter Application & Forms
- Promoter License Application
- Contest Event Application
- Matchmaker License Application
- Performance/Surety Bond
Next PSUAC Meeting Date, Time and Location
All meetings will be held via zoom due to COVID-19 guidelines
Scheduled for the 3rd Friday of every month (Subject to Change)
For zoom meeting information email PSUAC@utah.gov
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RECORDINGS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
As a convenience to the contestants, a list of known Utah blood test providers (some may not be able to provide all tests) is provided below: SALT LAKE VALLEY SALT LAKE VALLEY HEALTH DEPT 534-4666 610 South 200 East (Room 135), SLC (Fee: $15.00 – Rapid anonymous or confidential HIV testing) STD and other testing available Appointments preferred Mon/Tues/Thurs: 8:30am–4:30 pm Wednesday: 1:00-6:00pm Friday: 10:00am–4:00pm UTAH AIDS FOUNDATION 487-2323 1408 South 1100 East (Fee: FREE – Rapid HIV testing) Monday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday: by appt. STD and Hep C testing available UTAH PRIDE CENTER 539-8800 or 888-874-2743 361 North 300 West (Fee: FREE – Rapid testing) 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PLANNED PARENTHOOD SLC – 322-5571 654 South 900 East WVC/TEEN CTR – 973-9675 2109 West 3500 South (Fee: based on ability to pay) Walk-Ins Welcome, call for clinic schedule UNIVERSITY OF UTAH STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE 581-6432 Madsen Health Center 555 Foothill Blvd, Level One (Fee: $10.00, free on first Tues. of the month) Tuesdays: 2:30-6:30pm PARK CITY SUMMIT CITY/COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 435-615-3910 6505 North Landmark Dr. (Fee: $10.00) PLANNED PARENTHOOD 435-649-5989 1670 Bonanza Dr. (Fee: based on ability to pay) Walk-Ins Welcome. Call for clinic schedule LOGAN/BRIGHAM CITY BEAR RIVER DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT LOGAN 435-792-6500 655 East 1300 North BRIGHAM CITY 435-734-0845 817 West 950 South (Fee: $10.00) PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOGAN 435-753-0824 830 North Main #117 (Fee: based on ability to pay) Walk-Ins Welcome, call for clinic schedule FARMINGTON – DAVIS COUNTY DAVIS COUNTY HEALTH DEPT 801-451-3315 FARMINGTON – 50 East State (Annex Bldg) BOUNTIFUL – 1650 South Main (Fee: $15.00 – $36.00 based on ability to pay) Mon–Fri – Appointment Only OGDEN WEBER-MORGAN DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT 801-399-7252 477 23rd St., Ogden (Fee: $15.00) Mon. 1-4pm, Wed. 2-5pm, Fri. 9-11 Call for appointment PLANNED PARENTHOOD 801-479-7721 4387 Harrison Blvd, Suite D-8 (Fee: based on ability to pay) Call for clinic schedule NORTHERN UTAH HIV/AIDS PROJECT 801-393-4153 536 24th Street, Suite 2B, Ogden (Fee: FREE or donation – Rapid Testing) Walk-Ins Welcome Tuesdays: 12:00-5:00pm STD and Hep C testing available PROVO/OREM UTAH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 151 South University Ave., Provo 801-851-7024 Walk in clinic: Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or other days/times, by appointment only Call for cost and appointments PLANNED PARENTHOOD 801-226-5246 1842 South Columbia, Orem (Fee: based on ability to pay) call for clinic schedule RICHFIELD CENTRAL UTAH PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT 435-896-5451 70 Westview Dr. (Fee: $10.00) Appointment Only. Also call to obtain information about testing in surrounding counties TOOELE TOOELE COUNTY HEALTH DEPT 435-843-2300 151 North Main St. (Fee: $15.00) – Appointment Only VERNAL TRI-COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT 435-781-5475 County Courthouse (Fee: $15.00) – Appointment Only PRICE SOUTHEASTERN UTAH DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT 435-637-3671, ext. 13 28 South 100 East (Fee: $20.00) CEDAR CITY SOUTHWEST UTAH PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT 435-586-2437 ext. 5149 260 East DL Sargent (Fee: $15.00) – Appointment Only ST. GEORGE WASHINGTON COUNTY HIV/AIDS TASK FORCE Doctor’s Free Clinic 1036 E. Riverside Dr., St. George 2nd Saturday: 10am – 12pm (Fee: donation) PLANNED PARENTHOOD 435-674-9933 595 S. Bluff Street, St. George Call for hours and fees
COMBAT LAB P.O. Box 604 West Jordan 801-573-5660 (Fee: $40 – HIV only) EconoLABS* Telephone: 305.350.9812 Toll Free: 877.326.6652 Fax: 1.305.946.2808 email@example.com www.econolabs.com HealthLabs.com* (832) 200-6898 www.healthlabs.com Request A Test* 888-732-2348 866-363-2766 (en Espanol) www.requestatest.com ACCESA Labs 1-888-946-9522 www.accesalabs.com *Note: If you are using one three national labs listed above, if you ask for the “Combat Trio”, you will ensure that you are receiving the correct tests and you may receive a discount as a unarmed combat contestant. Please ask them to fax your results to the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission (PSUAC) at 801-708-0849.
The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) maintains the records for athletes in the following databases;
BOXREC (Official ABC Database) BOXING RECORDS (click here)
Mixed Martial Arts