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How do MMA Refs and Judges get Paid or Assigned to an Event?

The following information is not always the same in your state, but these are some good "general" rules to live by. We asked the Nevada State Athletic Commission these questions, and they were kind enough to provide us with the following answers!


1 - Can you tell me how much professional and ammy MMA Referees make for their services?  (Are the fees different for a pro vs. an ammy referee?)

What do MMA referees get paid? Most AC's do not not set the fees for amateur events but the professional MMA referees make between $200 and $1200 per event, depending on the expected revenue (gate) of the event.



2 - Do MMA officials (referees and Judges) get paid a "pre-set" amount, and is that set by the Athletic Commissioner, the event promoter or who?


What do MMA referees get paid? Pre-set by the AC.



3 - Do they get paid per event, or per fight?  So let's say they get paid $100.  Is that $100 per fight in which they officiate (so 2 fights in one night and they make $200), or $100 per event, no matter how many fights they officate?


What do MMA referees get paid? MMA officials get paid per event, in most states.



4 - Are MMA officials assigned to an event by the State Athletic Commissioner?  In other words, promoters don't just use their own ref's and judges, right? 


What do MMA referees get paid? Correct; it is the AC that assigns MMA officials to an event.



5 - Who assigns what fight to the referee or judge?  The State Athletic Commissioner, the promoter, or?


What do MMA referees get paid? The AC assigns each MMA referee and judge to a fight.



6 - Finally, is there a limit as to number of fights an MMA ref or judge can officiate in one night?


What do MMA referees get paid? No, but the AC usually limits a referee to no more than 5 bouts in most states.



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