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What is King of the Cage? - The Evolution of Combat!

"King of the Cage" . . . The finest in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition . . . The evolution of combat.

Featuring only professional, elite fighters from around the globe, "King of the Cage" is a competitive event pitting warrior against warrior in hand-to-hand battles of skill, honor and art.

From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to wrestling, Muay Thai to boxing, all styles are encouraged. But, in order to consistently win, participants must be well versed in every aspect of the fighting game.

"King of the Cage" . . . It's about punches, kicks, elbows, knees, big knockouts, technical submissions, take-downs, and strategy. It's like no other sport you've ever seen!

Through dozens of shows in front of packed houses nationwide, "King of the Cage" continues to strive to take the sport to the mainstream. The sanctioning of mixed martial arts by states such as Nevada has brought credibility to the sport, and the rest of the country will find out what fight fans have always known. There are rules to protect the competitors and the sport is as safe, if not safer, than many of the major league American sports.

Which style will reign supreme? Which man will be left standing? Who will be the King of the Cage?


Where It All Started

Terry Trebilcock & Ted Williams have played a vital part in the promotions for full contact sports. During this interview, as a group project, we had no idea what to expect from this up coming discussion. What came out of this was a well-earned respect for the hard work, preparation, and determination to make dreams come true.

Terry graduated from Claremont High School in Southern California, and enrolled in Cal. State Fullerton taking business classes. He has had his hand in different business venues, but one particular business caught his eye about 10 years ago.

Terry is the owner of an entertainment-sporting event called King of the Cage (KOTC). The event is a mixture of several different martial arts, which pits one person's martial arts style versus another. It is a full contact sport, which is slowly but surely making its way to the mainstream public, and most importantly into our living rooms everyday.

This paper was to be written, as a class/group project on entrepreneurship, but what we found was a man, a team, and an organization that is leading the next wave of sports entertainment into our lives.

King of the Cage started back in 1998, when there was no understanding of the mixed martial arts world, and what 21st century martial life was like. This promotion is based out of Fontana, CA but the events are held all over the United States.

King of the Cage was started due to Terry's vision after watching other mixed martial arts events on TV. To get an understanding of what exactly was taking place inside the ring, he enrolled himself in a few different martial arts schools, as well as purchasing an instructional series by a MMA legend named Royce Gracie.

As he began to pick up on the different techniques and styles that were being used to defeat opponents that were bigger, faster, and more athletic then he was, Terry began to teach at a Health Club called Cardio Fit in the Inland Empire.

Once he grasped the concept of what was taking place between the fighters inside the ring, he began to branch out and teach in different areas of Southern California. As Terry tells it, an unknown man walked into his class one day, and without warning began throwing not only himself but also the rest of the class around the mat room. That person is named Ted Williams. Ted and Terry formed a friendship from that day on, and it continued into an entrepreneur partnership now known as King of the Cage.

K.O.T.C. Officials
It is not often fans and fighters do not realize how difficult it is to referee a Cage fighting match. The number one job of an MMA official is to protect the fighter at all times and this can sometimes be difficult to do as you might have a fighter that will not tap, or you have a fighter who can with stand some punishment and come back to win the fight. I have been to several Cage fights and I can tell you that the referee's that I am dedicating this article to are four of the best MMA officials in the business. These four MMA officials have all been through one form of Mixed Martial Arts while growing up and some now have become teachers of the arts. You always have the fans do not like the fight to go to the ground and will always be yelling from the audience "stand them up" and the officials will warn the fighters to get busy or improve their position, if the fighters do not do this then the fight is stood back up. I just wanted to give the following four MMA Officials some props for one hell of a job they have done and will continue to do until they decide to retire from MMA officiating. So from Krazy Mike and


In "King of the Cage" the safety of the fighters is paramount. Events are run under the unified rules of the states of Nevada and New Jersey.0


1. Undercard matches consist of 2-3 five-minute rounds.
2. Title and Super Fight matches consist of 3-5 five-minute rounds.

All matches have a one-minute break between rounds


1. Knock out
2. Tap out
3. Referee stoppage 4. Corner throwing in the towel
5. Event doctor stoppage
6. Decision- based equally on striking, grappling, and aggression.


1. No head butting, eye gouging, hair pulling or fish hooking.
2. No strikes (kicks, elbows, punching) to the back of the head or spinal area.
3. No small joint manipulation (control of four or more fingers/toes is necessary).
4. No intentionally throwing your opponent out of the cage.
5. No chopping down your opponent with elbow strikes
6. No kicking to the head when an opponent is down. A downed opponent is considered to have three points down (for example, two legs and one arm).

If a warning is given, the referee will not stop the fight and no points will be deducted from that fighter, however the referee will make the fighter in question aware of the warnings. If a foul is given the referee will stop the fight, make it clear to the judges which fighter is being penalized and can either deduct points or disqualify the fighter.

If a fighter falls to his guard, he will be stood back up, unless the standing fighter approaches him. If the standing fighter wants the downed fighter back on his feet, then he'll need to back off and allow him to stand up.


1. Speedos or Vale Tudo shorts only. In some markets, rash guards and wrestling singlets are allowed.
2. Wrestling shoes or bare feet only. Wrestling shoes must be approved.
3. Neoprene joint supports only, no metal joint supports.
4. Finger and toe nails must be trimmed.
5. Absolutely no body grease, gels or lotions can be used.
6. Groin protection and a mouth piece must be used.
7. Fighters must wear padded grappling gloves that have been approved by the referee.



Rules and regulations can change depending on the location of the event.