MMA Raju

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Raju
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2009
Founder(s) Ott Tõnissaar
Headquarters Tartu, Estonia
Website mma.ee/en

RAJU is the highest level of Estonian mixed martial arts league. There are 2 competitions in a year. Their most recent competition, Raju X, was held in Tartu A. Le Coq Sports Hall on 13 October 2012. [1]

Fighter divisions[edit]

Fighters can participate at MMA Raju in one of the three following divisions: amateur (C-class), semi-professional (B-class) and professional (A-class). [2]

In all three classes, the following actions are considered fouls: headbutts, biting, grabbing hair, inserting fingers into orifices or wounds, attacks to the groin, small joint manipulation, attacks to the back of the head and spine, attacking and grabbing the throat, clawing and pinching, grabbing the collar-bone, direct attacks to joints, 12-to-6 elbow strikes, kicks and knees to the head of a grounded opponent, intentionally throwing the opponent onto the head or neck, throwing the opponent out of the cage, spitting at the opponent, grabbing the fence, swearing.

For semi-professionals (B-class) the following additional actions are forbidden: elbow and forearm strikes to the head, kicking a grounded opponent in the head.

For amateurs (C-class) the following additional actions are forbidden: elbow and forearm strikes, knees to the head, striking a grounded opponent to the head, kicking a grounded opponent, kidney strikes, throws with only a head-hold, leglocks that twist the knee, submissions that twist the spine.

There are two separate events held each time - amateur event during the day (C-class) and main event in the evening with professional fights. [3][4]

Weight classes[edit]

Prior to Raju 8, weigh-ins took place on the day of the competition. At Raju 8, weigh-ins for the evening event took place one day before the event.[5][6]

  • Flyweight (-125lb, -56.7kg)
  • Bantamweight (-135lb, -61.2kg)
  • Featherweight (-145lb, -65.8kg)
  • Lightweight (-155lb, -70.3kg)
  • Welterweight (-170lb, -77.1kg)
  • Middleweight (-185lb, -83.9kg)
  • Light Heavyweight (-205lb, -93kg)
  • Heavyweight (-265lb, -120.2kg)
  • Super Heavyweight (+265lb, +120.2kg)

Events[edit]

[7]

No. Event Date Venue Location Gate
1 MMA Raju 1 21 February 2009 University of Tartu Sports Center Tartu, Estonia 200
2 MMA Raju 2 6 June 2009 A. Le Coq Sports Hall Tartu, Estonia 320
3 MMA Raju 3 31 October 2009 Tartu Sport Foundation Sports Hall Tartu, Estonia 500
4 MMA Raju 4 13 February 2010 Tallinn University of Technology Sports Complex Tallinn, Estonia 750
5 MMA Raju 5 29 May 2010 Kalevi Sports Hall Tallinn, Estonia 675
6 MMA Raju 6 23 October 2010 A. Le Coq Sports Hall Tartu, Estonia 1050
7 MMA Raju 7 19 February 2011 Tallinn University of Technology Sports Complex Tallinn, Estonia 1100
8 MMA Raju 8 22 October 2011 A. Le Coq Sports Hall Tartu, Estonia 1300
9 MMA Raju 9 14 April 2012 Kalevi Sports Hall Tallinn, Estonia 1500
10 MMA Raju X 13 October 2012 A. Le Coq Sports Hall Tartu, Estonia 1900
11 SLT Raju 11 20 April 2013 Saku Suurhall Tallinn, Estonia 2200

Social responsibility[edit]

Before MMA Raju 7, the organizers established a charity program called "Donate blood with Raju fighters". In this program, mixed martial artists themselves and fans of the league donate blood together during one day, which occurs roughly one month before the event. For Raju 7, roughly 40 people donated blood. Before Raju 8, 85 people donated their blood, including Estonian rapper G-Enka. [8] Before Raju X, over 200 people donated blood. [9]

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