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Monday, 04 January 2016 21:07

UFC 195 MMA Fights - You be the Judge

Anyone who's been involved in MMA for any length of time will tell you Dana White's Golden rule: "Never leave the decision in the hands of the judges!" He talks about it - a lot.

Unfortunately - that's easier said than done!

At UFC 195, the wisdom of the MMA Judges in at least 4 of the fights has been brought into question: Michinori Tanaka vs. Joe Soto, Alex Morono vs. Kyle Noke, Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish, and "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit.

Now social media is all aglow with discussions about who really won these fights. So how did you score them; do you agree with the judges' decisions?



Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2016 22:08

No controversial loss for Abel Trujillo at UFC 195

According to MMA Junkie, Abel Trujillo, is hoping 2015 rings in some changes in his fight record. But in spite of the obvious premature stoppage by referee Keith Peterson in his fight against Gleison Tibau, he won't appeal the loss, due to Tibau’s failed drug tests. Per Trujillo, he thinks the result will now be overturned. Unfortunately - his loss Saturday night at UFC 195 against Tony Sims (13-3-0) did not help move Trujillo towards his 2015 goal! 

Be sure to go watch the video on MMA Junkie to hear Why Abel Trujillo feels ref was unfair, didn't appeal controversial loss...

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 January 2016 21:10
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 21:03

Garreth McLellan feels the MMA Referee Stoppage Was "Slow"

McLelland vs BushIn his fight against Bubba Bush at UFC Fight Night 76, Garreth McLellan feels the MMA Referee Stoppage Was "Slow" on his TKO (technical knock out) at UFC Fight Night 76. And as usual, social media went crazy and criticized the stoppage as coming too late, saying that Bubba Bush, obviously worn out and barely able to hang on, and was forced to suffer a continued unnecessary beating, while Michalak looked on, while McLellan repeatedly punched Bush in the head from the mount position.

The problem is three fold:

  1. 1-McLellan continued beating Bush, because, as we all know, you don't stop the fight until the ref tells you to;
  2. 2-Michalak was most likely giving Bush time to defend and make it to the end of the round, as there were virtually seconds left in the round; and
  3. 3-If Michalak had stopped the fight earlier, then people would be complaining he didn't give Bush time to recover, and that he stopped the fight too early, with just a few seconds left on the clock.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2016 22:13

Cage Fighting for Kids - Yes or No?


According to an article on, Concerns Arise as Younger Kids start MMA, "Children's mixed-martial arts fighting is becoming an increasing popular sport for children in the Bay area. Right now, it's not regulated by the state of Florida. In fact, just recently, California became the first state to sanction kids' cage fighting."

At a local MMA school, Gracie Parents and Children MMA, owner Cris Rodriguez says kids are MMA fighters in training, but they are training and learning the same techniques as adult fighters - but without the blood. "Our kids are learning the same punches and take-downs that professional mix martial artists are fighting. The difference comes in the level of control that we allow them to perform at; and "We make sure our kids have headgear. They're fully covered, all of our referees are certified referees. As long as the parameters are set, and everyone knows what's expected, I don't see a problem with kids doing Sport MMA in a tournament scene at all."

One of the parents interviewed for the article said the benefits of putting his son in the class includes "Positive attitude, self-confidence, he's not afraid of kids his age, nobody bullies him."

According to the article, "Local coaches, kids and parents are closely watching what's happening in California. The first regulated kids' cage fight was recently held in Sacramento after the State Athletic Commission shut down the sport last year." In fact, in the video below, you'll see Bas Ruten and Randy Couture are part of the show! 

Andy Foster with the California Athletic Commission said: "We tried to solve a problem and make something we think was dangerous safer."

Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2016 22:13

Christophe Walravens vs. Bernardo Mikixi at EFC Africa 28 courtesy of mmamania.comMMA Fighter Dies at EFC Africa 28

When you fight in the ring, your life, literally, is in the hands of the referee. Being an MMA referee is a huge responsibility, and not one that should be taken lightly. It's for this reason that we at ELITE MMA Referees feel only experienced martial artists should be certified as MMA ref's, and those ref's should be properly trained!

Unfortunately, MMA Referee Wiekus Swart, did not seem to know that hitting to the back of an opponent's head, let alone using hammer fists,is considered ILLEGAL and a great, big NO-NO in MMA. So while Christophe Walravens was delivering hammer fist after hammer fist to his dazed and defenseless opponent, Bernardo Mikixi, Swart just stood and watched.  It was only when Mikixi finally managed to break away, turn over onto his back, wave away his opponent and verbally submit, that Swart called the fight. At one point, even Walravens turned to the ref in exasperation, as if to say "Well - are you going to stop this fight or what?"

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