“The philosophy of the Nevertap Asia judging system is to encourage the competitors to finish the match.”  -Ray Elbe

When asked to explain what makes the Nevertap Asia tournament different than the rest, these are the words shared by its producers. This March 27th in Phuket, TH will be the 2nd edition of the Nevertap series hosted by Tiger Muay Thai and organized by Ray Elbe (TUF veteran). 

The 26th, prior to the tournament TMT will be hosting a seminar with UFC veteran Phil Baroni with a focus in wrestling. For all participants that register online and for the BBQ party/beatdown afterwards will also receive the official Nevertap Asia T-shirt! 


LAST YEAR: Bernueng (TMT) vs. Singjok (Legacy)

Nevertap Asia Rules

All matches will be judged according to our criteria. The philosophy of our judging system is to encourage the competitors to finish the match. We believe this creates the most exciting match for the fans and rewards the competitor for their effort and technical prowess.

Our criteria is as follows

Effective Aggressiveness: Competitors who are setting the tempo, seeking dominant position on the ground, and working to finish the match will score here. Near submissions as well as multiple attempts will score in this category.
Takedown and Defense: A skillfully executed takedown or repeatedly stopping your opponent’s takedown will score in this category. Multiple takedowns, even if not skillfully executed, will also be scored. Pulling Guard will not count.
Ground Control: Ground control is awarded by achieving and taking advantage of dominant positions. Dominant positions are side control, mount, back mount with hooks, knee ride, and north-south. The guard will be considered a neutral position. Competitors are encouraged to strive for dominant position throughout the match.

When Standing

The competitors will be encouraged to engage and attempt takedowns. Competitors who don not adhere to this standard will receive a warning for the 1st infraction and a yellow card for a 2nd infraction. A 3rd infraction will result in a disqualification (D.Q.).

When on the ground

The competitors will be encouraged to seek dominant positions and force reversals. When in a dominant position, the competitor is encouraged to finish via submission. If either competitor does not follow the outlined criteria or the referees commands, he will receive a warning for the 1st infraction and a yellow card for a 2nd infraction. A 3rd infraction will result in a disqualification (D.Q.).

Yellow Cards

When competing as outlined by the criteria there is no need for interference from referees or judges. However, when a competitor does not adhere to the criteria, he may receive a yellow card penalty, which may result in the loss of the round. If both opponents receive yellow cards, penalties offset.

Illegal Techniques

Disqualification (D.Q.): Deliberate striking of any kind, slamming opponent to counter submission, hair pulling, biting, pressure points, eye gouging, fish hooking, or groin shots. Disrespect towards a referee, competitor or spectator through verbal or animated gestures will also result in disqualification.

Weight Classes

  • Featherweight - 66kg and below (-145lbs)
  • Lightweight - 66kg to 70.5kg (-155lbs)
  • Welterweight - 70.5kg to 77.5kg (-170lbs)
  • Middleweight - 77.5kg to 84kg (-185lbs)
  • Light-Heavyweight - 84kg to 93kg (-205lbs)
  • Heavyweight - 93kg to 106.5kg (-235lbs)
  • Super-Heavyweight - 106.5kg and above (+235lbs)

The Weigh-Ins

Weigh-in’s will be held Friday March 26th at the Tiger Muay Thai bar and grill starting at 6pm. Participants who are unable to make weight can make a second attempt the day of the competition starting at 10am.
Two unsuccessful opportunities to make the registered weight class will result in the participant being enrolled in the weight they officially stepped on the scale at.

Time Limits

Matches will be 3 rounds consisting of 3 minutes. The round time will begin once the match has gone to the ground. A 1 minute break will be allowed between each round. Submission ends the match.


The referee will serve as the rule enforcer and will have discretion over issued warnings, yellow cards, and disqualifications. In case of stalled action the referee will determine when to stand up competitors.


There will be 3 judges for all Levels. Each judge will be strategically placed in the best vantage point to oversee the action.


Anonymous said...

What are the rules concerning leglocks? Are heelhooks allowed?

Brad said...

The first consideration for winning any competition is "how do I not lose." Mitigating risk should be the first concern if you want to win. Using the CBJJ rules my game plan is usually: takedown>pass>mount. If everything goes according to plan I'm up 9-0 and can start looking to submit with little fear that my opponents will catch me on points.

According to Ray the Nevertap Asia judging system is designed to encourage aggressive play and encourage competitors to finish. But this seems contradictory.

There are three criteria that are judged. Aggressiveness, takedowns and ground control. Since I can not presume to know what the ref will think is affective aggression, I'm forced to consider the other two criteria. By using my usual gameplan - takedown>pass>mount>finish - once I reach the mount the score is still equal and I have no incentive to attack. If I release the presser to setup attacks, my opponent may escape and I’m no longer being dominant.

I think these rules will cause more stalls than the usual CBJJ rules. I know my game plan would change to accommodate these rules. Once I achieved a dominate position my attacks, assuming I attacked at all, would only be in response to mistakes by my opponent - I would not force the finish for fear of reversals or escapes.

I will be unable to attend this tournament but I'm curious to hear the reports. Maybe I'm wrong and these rules will make the game more exciting. Good luck to everyone participating.

Ray said...


No you would win, clearly establishing domination in the match.

I think where the rules come into play--is where a fighter passes guard once...(traditionally being awarded 3 points)...and then that fighter spends the entire time fighting out of submissions (usually advantages).

....We have all the videos from last years competition up on the website---so it makes it easy to view the "strategy".

This is actually the same structured tournament as the states nevertap event.

Tyrone Glover (Black Belt) Vs. Jorger Masvidal (ATT MMA Fighter)

Mac Danzig (UFC TUF Winner) vs Eric Kelley (MMA Fighter)

basically...were just looking to promote "playing the game"...that's why we penalize for stalling. You pay to play---so we want to see you play.

Magicalray said...

Heel hooks, Toe Holds, Knee Bars, Straight Achilles, Neck cranks--are all Legal.

Specifically---my school does not focus on these submissions for general class---but we've been trying to "cram" the basics. BUT...Nevertap is suppose to be an "Unbiased" form of grappling. Foot looks are a bit "taboo" in BJJ--but are everyday practice in some sambo and catchwrestling academies.

Ultimately the competitor got caught in a submission and needs to tap. Wether that is an armbar, choke, or foot lock...

The notion that a foot lock comes on too fast---is all the more reason to be cautious of them.

Over much debate...we kept this rule from the show in the states. I felt it add to the non-biased grappling concepts.

**Last year we didn't have any serious injuries**...and we are anticipating the same this year.

UFC Star Phil Baroni will be the Guest Presenter for the medals.