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Kim Winslow Becomes First Female Referee in UFC History

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<--Three of the best pro-ref's right there.  And thanks to Michael David Smith for this nice article on Kim Winslow, the first female to ref a professional UFC fight.  According to Michael, "...the Nevada State Athletic Commission appointed Winslow to work Saturday night, without any fanfare. Winslow just showed up and did her job without drawing any attention to herself, as referees always should."

"Winslow has proven herself to be a skillful referee, often earning the simple but high praise that Rogan gave her: When Winslow is working a fight, you hardly notice she's there."

High praise indeed - go HERE to read the entire article. 


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Yves Lavigne: He Never Re-Started the Fight


Everyone had just gotten over Yves Lavigne's previous controversial stoppage at UFC 96 in March, where he repeatedly hesitated in stopping the Matt Brown-Pete Sell fight. Some say he only stepped in to stop that fight after Sell had obviously taken far more punishment than was necessary. In comments after the March event, Lavigne apologized for the Brown-Sell stoppage, admitting he had failed to act properly, and allowed Sell to "take a beating for nothing." Once again, it's nice to see a representative of this sport man-up to his mistakes.


Enter the cage at UFC 98:  Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover. We all make mistakes. The difference is in if we admit them and move on, or continue to deny, deny, deny. Lavigne has never denied his late stoppage in the Sell/Brown fight, but what about this one? Was he really wrong as some people are saying, or was he protecting the fighter and himself?  You decide - re-watch the fight CLOSELY. Looks to us here at ELITE MMA Referees like Yves made the right move and did what he should have to protect the fighter and himself. And no matter what the fans want - that is his job.


In an interview with Loretta Hunt of fame, he has stated he "has no qualms with his decision to stop a lightweight bout between Kyle Bradley and Phillipe Nover last Saturday at UFC 98 in Las Vegas."


"It was the toughest one to call, because you don’t see the face of the guy receiving the punch,” Lavigne told Wednesday. “You have to look with the body, so basically, I based my judgment on Mr. Nover’s reaction. When he went face-first in the mat with his arms behind him, I decided to stop the fight.”


“I know it looks bad. I know some people on the Internet said I re-start[ed] that fight,” said Lavigne. “I never re-start[ed] that fight. I didn’t want to receive a kick in the face and get knocked out. When the fighter doesn’t really comply, what am I supposed to do? I think the step back was the best way in order to stop the fight.” 


Both Dana White and Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer have come out publicly and supported Lavigne’s actions in that fight.  Additionally, "There has been no indication that Nover will try to appeal the referee’s decision."


To read more, go here: Loretta Hunt Interview.



Sokoudjou admits he should have stopped...

According to, "UFC and PRIDE veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou's (6-4) actions certainly warranted some discussion.  Sokoudjou delivered several ground-and-pound blows to opponent Jan Nortje (2-6) well after the referee had attempted to halt the contest. 



On Friday's edition of HDNet's "Inside MMA," Sokoudjou admitted his behavior was out of line. 

"There is no bad blood," Sokoudjou said. "Actually, [Nortje] is a really cool guy. We met at the bus on the way to the hotel. We were always nice to each other. 

"It's just one of those moments where – you know I lost two fights in a row, and I was in a state where I told myself, 'There's no way I can lose this fight.'"

Nice to have an individual man up to his mistakes for a change.

To read more, go to MMAjunkie. (MMA Junkie Staff on May 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm ET)

Grease-Gate Continues

According to, Grease-Gate is alive and well.  From that website:

You may have thought grease gate was dead, but it's not.  Penn's attorney and his mother were in Nevada again this week for a further hearing.

Team Penn has conceded that NSAC won't do anything, and they are now trying to get NSAC to make an official ruling against them so they can take the issue to court: While addressing the NSAC, Penn's attorney appeared anxious to exhaust all avenues of action from the commission in order to take his complaint to a different venue.

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