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This blog is to educate the Mixed Martial Arts community on various hot topics in regards to the sport.
By Rob Hinds on 6/20/2011
Zuffa LLC felt that adding video monitors for the Judges at their events would assist in creating better judgements.

There is a larger missing piece to solve that puzzle, and just the additions of monitors is not going to solve the problem anytime soon.

Click below to read the story...
By Rob Hinds on 5/3/2011
Rob Hinds will be training Referees, Judges and Inspectors at the Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport in July.

This training is sponsored by the Wisconsin Athletic Commission. The Inspector training is not an ABC Approved course, but is accepted as certification by the Wisconsin Athletic Commission.

The passing attendees for the Referee and Judge course will be posted on the Association of Boxing Commissions website.

All paid attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

To register, click here.

Click here for the training flyer.


By Rob Hinds on 4/23/2011
Courtesy of Victoria Johnson- Southtown Star (A Chicago Sun-Times Publication).
By Rob Hinds on 4/20/2011
Disappointed Canadian Referee behind the scenes of this controversy.

Story is courtesy of Mixed Martial Arts.com:
By Rob Hinds on 4/18/2011
Courtesy of Loretta Hunt.

April 2011 Edition (Clay Guida on the cover)
By Rob Hinds on 4/1/2011
Rob Hinds will be training Referees, Judges and Inspectors at the Hilton Indianapolis North in June.

This training is sponsored by the Athletic Division of the Indiana Gaming Commission. The Inspector training is not an ABC Approved course, but is accepted as certification by the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC).

The passing attendees for the Referee and Judge course will be posted on the Association of Boxing Commissions website.

All paid attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

To register, click here.

 Click here for the training flyer.
By Rob Hinds on 3/1/2011
The link below is courtesy of Dave Harris from The Bleacher Report.

People seem to forget what Dana White's position is... He's a Promoter. A Promoter's job is to find any way possible to draw attention to his/her brand. 

White is also a rabid fan of the sport, and a fan of many of the athletes within it. Fans LOVE controversy! Dana is the best at riling the fans into a frenzy when there is a questionable or debatable call. Just like any fan, I'm sure he would like to see his favorites succeed, for both business and personal reasonings.

Don't be misled by his partiality for certain athletes. White does care about the fighters getting a fair shake. That's where his passion for popping off about the officials' calls comes into play.

This assists White in hyping future events and match ups. It also gets people talking, blogging, posting, tweeting, etc ABOUT HIS BRAND.

Dana White is neither a Judge or a Referee; nor does he claim to be.

He is simply doing his job (and very well, I might add).

By Rob Hinds on 2/27/2011
Where does MMA Officiating fit comparatively to other Professional Sports?

Final installment of this 3 part series...
By Rob Hinds on 2/12/2011
Where does the level of MMA Officiating fit comparatively to other Professional Sports?

Part 2 of this 3 part series...
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Re: State of Illinois Act In Regards to Professional and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts!
Isn't that how it's done...Never ask the people down in the trenches for input. They feel they can make a good assessment from the top probably without even attending a show & seeing the process of how & what is done from beginning to end.
Re: State of Illinois Act In Regards to Professional and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts!
It is still a shame that the people who know about the sport is never brought in for their input!
Re: State of Illinois Act In Regards to Professional and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts!
This looks promising, but is still just a Bill at this point. Hopefully, a number of representatives will jump on board, as this addresses some of the problems with Amateur MMA in Illinois.
Re: Is the 10 Point Must System outdated?
I feel that judge’s and referee’s not only should train and update their training but the State commissions and sanctioning bodies should keep track of the officials training’s and bouts worked as Amateurs and later as pro officials. There should be a level system in place so that officials can develop there knowledge and skills. This would allow officials to work their way up and be qualified for big events like Strikeforce, King of the Cage and UFC! This is done in just about every sport that requires officials.
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