One of the most distinguished referees in the Mixed Martial Arts circuit, Marc Goddard is all set to host an international MMA referee and judge course in Mumbai, India.
The course on Unified Rules of MMA is organized by Mixed Martial Arts India Federation (MMA India) and International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and hosted by the Mixed Martial Arts Association of Maharashtra. The course will happen at Hotel Sea Prince in Juhu, Mumbai on 16th July 2022 followed by the second day happening on 17 July 2022 at UFC Gym in Bandra West.
A former MMA fighter himself, Goddard is one of the most recognizable names in the sport when it comes to refereeing. The Englishman is one of the most respected referees in the world of MMA and appears frequently in the UFC at both Fight Night and pay-per-view events. He is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) as well.
The MMA India Federation has been proactive throughout the last year and the course is an extension of their activities. The team hosted the 5th MMA India Nationals in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh in May. The event witnessed nearly 300 athletes competing and was capped off by a pro-card from Fight of Knights which saw the attendance of more than 25,000 people. The event was graced by celebrities like former WWE champion The Great Khali as well.
The course from Goddard is expected to give the officials in attendance a clear-cut perspective about refereeing, judging, the Unified Rules of MMA, and much more. It is also expected to be a big boost for the Indian MMA community.
What are the unified rules of MMA?
The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) seek to provide a consistent set of rules governing professional MMA competition across the jurisdictions of various athletic commissions and other regulatory bodies. Various athletic commissions proposed and agreed on the framework of the Unified Rules of MMA in the 2000s, and it was unanimously adopted by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) on July 30, 2009.
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