Daily Fantasy MMA League Rules

Contest Format: Salary Cap


  • In each contest, participants will create a lineup by selecting fighters listed in the Player Pool. Each fighter listed has an assigned salary and a valid lineup must not exceed the salary cap of $50,000.
  • Contest results will be determined by the total points accumulated by each individual lineup entry (scoring rules summarized below).
  • The Player Pool will consist of all MMA fighters expected to be on the fight card for the upcoming event. Occasionally a fighter may be missing from the Player Pool due to late injury or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • In most circumstances, once the Player Pool is established for a Draft Group, including positions and salaries, the Player Pool will not be adjusted*. In the rare event that there is a mistake within the Player Pool that would significantly impact game quality, DraftKings reserves the right to correct the mistake after contests for that Draft Group have become available. This may result in valid lineups becoming invalid. This would most likely occur shortly after the Player Pool becomes available, far in advance of the contest start time, and participants who have entered contests for the Draft Group prior to the adjustment will be notified via email.
  • A “Draft Group” is a set of games used for contests; each contest is tied to one Draft Group. Contests tied to the same Draft Group can be created at different times. Therefore, game policies are based on the timing of a Draft Group being made available, not each individual contest.
  • *In cases where a fighter withdraws or a fight is canceled, replacement fighters may be added to the player pool up to 24 hours before the event start time. Withdrawn fighters will be labeled as out (“O”) and will receive zero points for the scoring period. All changes to the Player Pool will be communicated to entrants via email.
  • Participation in each contest must be made only as specified in the Terms of Use. Failure to comply with these Terms of Use will result in disqualification and, if applicable, prize forfeiture. Terms of Use


  • Rosters will consist of 6 Fighters.


Fighters in each event will accumulate points as follows:

Moves Scoring

  • Significant Strikes (SS): +0.5 PTS
  • Advance (ADVC): +3 PT
  • Takedown (TD): +5 PTS
  • Reversal/Sweep (REV): +5 PTS
  • Knockdown (KD): +10 PTS

Fight Conclusion Bonuses

  • 1st Round Win (1rW+): +90 PTS
  • 2nd Round Win (2rW+): +70 PTS
  • 3rd Round Win (3rW+): +45 PTS
  • 4th Round Win (4rW+): +40 PTS
  • 5th Round Win (5rW+): +40 PTS
  • Decision Win (WBD+) : +30 PTS
  • Scoring Notes:
    • Significant Strikes are any Distance Strike or Clinch/Ground Strikes that are considered "Power Strikes" by official scorers.
    • Advances include:
      • To Half Guard
      • To Side Control
      • To Mount
      • To Back Control

Player Lock Notes: All fighters lock at the time the first fight starts in an event.


Fighter eligibility determinations and decisions around fighter inclusion into the player pool are at the sole discretion of DraftKings.


In the event that an event is cancelled, all player entries will be cancelled and refunded. If an event is postponed or delayed for a reasonable amount of time, as determined by DraftKings in its sole discretion, the contests may remain live until which time the tournament is completed. After final tournament results become available, the contests will be finalized and settled.


The Entry-Fee and Prize Pool for a contest will not change once the contest is created. Therefore, each contest has a maximum amount of total entries accepted. Contests that have not reached capacity will be available for entry up until the contest start time.

Guaranteed contests will run (with prizes unchanged) even if they do not reach capacity before the contest start time. Non-guaranteed contests that do not reach capacity by contest start time may be merged with other similar unfilled contests or may be canceled and refunded.


Lineups may be edited at any time leading up to the event. Each individual fighter will become “locked” at the scheduled start time of the event. A locked fighter cannot be added or removed from a roster spot. Locked roster spots for all entries are displayed in contest GameCenters.

If the scheduled start time for an event changes after contests for a Draft Group containing that event become available, DraftKings will take measures to ensure the change is reflected on Draft Screens and for lineup editing purposes. In the rare case that an event starts before the scheduled start time, all players within that event will become locked as soon as our feed reflects that the event has begun. Additionally, any swaps that were made after the real-life start time of the event will result in those lineups being disqualified and refunded.


Live scoring updates are strictly for the enjoyment of DraftKings customers. DraftKings’ official scoring validation process begins once the event is final. This process ensures that DraftKings scoring matches official MMA scoring when contest results are finalized and paid out.

Once contests are finalized, a contest status will update to "Completed", and that contest will move from the "Live Games" section to the "Completed Games" section on the My Contests page.

On occasion, MMA official scorers may issue a stat-correction after the event has ended and the official scoring validation process has completed. These corrections are rare, but can occur days after an event takes place. Therefore, any changes to official scoring that occur after contests have been finalized will not impact those finalized contests. Conversely, if a correction needs to be made after contests are finalized due to a bug with the data feed or the finalization process, while extremely rare, the finalization process (including payment) may be reversed and redone correctly.

Note: The official scoring validation process is solely to ensure that DraftKings contest results are determined based on official MMA scoring. Delays during this process may occur as a result of data collection or other technical difficulties. DraftKings will not attempt to make judgements on scoring rulings.


DraftKings’ player salaries are intended to provide an interesting, challenging, skill-based game resulting in a top quality experience for DraftKings customers. Player salaries are determined based on historical statistics and aspects of a player’s upcoming matchup may be factored into their salary.

Please note that player salaries listed are a function of the salary cap fantasy sports contest format and are not intended, and should not be relied upon, as any indication of real-life salary valuations of the individual players.



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