How Long is the UFC Round Time? | Easily Explained

A UFC round for a fighter will last several minutes before they receive a small break, to continue to the next round.

In this page, we will explain how long a UFC round is, how long their break is, and how many rounds are in a fight.

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How Long is a Round in the UFC?

A round in any UFC fight last 5 minutes of uninterrupted time.

The only time there is a break during the round is if there was an accidental strike such as a low blow, where a fighter is given up to 5 minutes to recover, or if a referee needs to pause the fight to give a fighter a warning.


In these cases, the 5 minute round time will pause, and resume once again when the fighter is ready to continue.

How Long is the Break Between Rounds

Fighters receive a 1 minute break in between rounds.

In this break, they are able to sit on the stool, receive corner advice, drink water, receive 'treatment' for their wounds (cold compression), and they are able to be cleaned/wiped off via towel.

drinking water

In a championship fight they'll have five 1 minute breaks (5 minutes total), and in non-championship fights, they'll have three 1 minute breaks (3 minutes total).

Overall, a 1 minute break in between rounds isn't a lot of time. A fighter is trying to catch his breath, while having to stay still to get treatment on their superficial wounds, and receive corner advice.

Fighters have some of the toughest jobs on earth, both physically and mentally.

How Many Rounds Are in a UFC Fight?

There are two answers to this question:

  • 5 Rounds if it is a Championship Fight or Main Event (5 Rounds x 5 Minutes)
  • 3 Rounds for a Non-Championship/Non-Main Event fight (3 Rounds x 5 Minutes)

We've created a guide on how long MMA fights last that explains when these round times became official, and events where main events haven't been 5 rounds.

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