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Marc Ratner sees UFC taking active role in officiating recruitment, improvement

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Since leaving his post as the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2006, Marc Ratner has been a key figure in getting mixed-martial-arts regulation adopted in many U.S. states.

In fact, with two more states joining the fold this year along, only two holdouts remain.

And though those states and Canada (specially, Ontario) are a top priority, the UFC's vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs has a goal beyond MMA regulation: the growth and improvement of MMA officiating.

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Post #1   5/1/10 4:25:46PM   

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Considering it was Ratner's choice to take Doug Crosby to Abu Dhabi I can't say that I hold a lot of faith in this.

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Posted by bojangalz

Considering it was Ratner's choice to take Doug Crosby to Abu Dhabi I can't say that I hold a lot of faith in this.



Good point.

Post #3   5/1/10 7:06:37PM   

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It looks good on paper but who's in charge of classifying the "good" officials and judges?

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They should set up an autonomous body that is NOT funded or continually receiving funds from the UFC. It would be asking for corruption if they did so. Imagine refs being stripped of their jobs for decisions that an org. didn't like. Imagine refs being told to look more carefully at one thing. This isn't the NFL where all the "owners" get together and have equal "rules" input that then the Organization passes onto a union of refs/umps who then ref for ONLY one league. These refs would ref for all "leagues" but they would be financially beholden to the UFC and state bodies would have to look to their own bodies--financed by the UFC to decide whether or not to sanction bouts in their state and provide refs--and judges.


Whose got the power now? Suddenly SF can't get 2 refs for their fights....event cancelled. The org. wants a certain fighter to win because, after all, they are sinking a ton into promoting him/her---suddenly a fighter gets penalized for fouls or the rules get changed to prevent a fighter from dominating in their specific skill set.

Personally, unless it becomes an autonomous, seperately funded group. Seed money pulled from many sources is fine but other than that...no.

Post #5   5/2/10 6:16:38PM