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MMA Referee: Toughest Job in MMA

According to Damon Martin of MMAWeekly, "Much has been said recently about fight stoppages that are either too quick or not soon enough and the recipient of the majority of the blame falls directly at the feet of the referee. Refereeing as a whole, whether the sport be mixed martial arts, boxing, football or whatever, is possibly the most thankless job in all of professional athletics. Recently, many of the referees in mixed martial arts have come under heat from fans and critics for the decisions they make, and very rarely to they receive much praise for this extremely difficult job.Want to ref MMA Fights? It's not an easy job!

The sport of mixed martial arts as a whole is still very much evolving. From the early days of the UFC when fights would go on until literally one man couldn’t take anymore to now where state athletic commissions like Nevada and New Jersey have put rules in place to protect the fighters and sanction these rules that the referees governing the match have to enforce.

For a sport that is only still in it’s infancy, the referees who are in charge of the fights haven’t had the years of watching and learning their trade like referees or umpires in some of the major sports. But for all the criticism that the mixed martial arts referee receives, it is they who protect the fighters from harm and are placed with the supreme power to decide when enough is enough in any fight."

"Referees in mixed martial arts have a clear cut responsibility and that is to keep the action legal and within the rules and also protect the fighters at all times and keep anyone from being seriously injured. Very rarely do the referees receive accolades for their great work and it is often when they are criticized for what others may call a questionable decision. In a full contact sport that moves very quickly it is hard to truly be mistake free, but the referees of mixed martial arts definitely have one of the toughest jobs in the entire industry." It's obvious Damon knows what he's talking about.

Funny how things never change, because believe it or not, this article was written back on Monday, November 07, 2005! To read this interesting and insightful article in its entirety, go here.

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