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Daley suckerpunches Koscheck

At UFC 113, we saw Josh Koscheck totally wipe the mat with Paul Daley. Before a lot of fights, competitors talk trash about each other. With egos as high as any professional athlete, the fight started outside of the ring between Koscheck and Daley before the fight in the ring even started.

First Daley called out Kos, who then responded by saying:

“Ok here we go, let the shit talking start. I am fighting Daley, May 1; co-main event UFC113. This kid is going 2 get what he's asking 4. XOXO”

"If Paul Daley's going to talk, is he going to come into the cage on May 8 and back it up? I can guarantee I am."

“I plan on rearranging them teeth in his mouth. He already has those braces and those messed up teeth. So maybe we'll put some railroad spikes in there."

Daley came back with some trash talking of his own:

“Heard Koscheck, talking a little...but a real man can tell his chat is just a front....I can smell his pussy from here....Bitch.”

“For my Supporters, we are also running a competition to help Josh; we can all see he is in desperate need of some advice about what to do with his Blonde 'Fro. So PHOTOSHOP PEOPLE, Wining hair style will be handed to Josh at the pre fight press conference.”

Click here to read more about the Kos-Daley war...

MMA Referee Herb Dean

MMA Rules and Refereeing by Herb Dean

Well this is pretty cool! Can you imagine getting together with the Dean of MMA Refereeing, Herb Dean, and asking him questions about ref'ing MMA fights? Well start writing out your questions now, 'cause it's happening!

At the UFC Expo in Las Vegas, on Saturday, May 29 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Herb will be there to talk to of MMA and the UFC.

Per the UFC: "Have you ever wondered what it was like to be an MMA Referee? Ever wondered what the judging criteria is? Now's your chance to get all the answers! Stop by the Main Stage for this informative session with the Ultimate Referee, Herb Dean as he covers everything from the scoring system and unified rules to his own experiences as an MMA referee and touches on questions submitted by the fans!"

If you're attending the UFC Fan Expo, want Herb Dean to answer YOUR questions during this event? Then be sure stop by the Main Stage, Bayside Hall B, on Saturday, May 29 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, and get to know about MMA refereeing from someone on the inside - up close and personal!


WEC 47 Referee Jerry Poe - in his own words

Jerry Poe – a member of the ELITE MMA Referee community, has been ref’ing MMA fights since 1999, in both Ohio and Indiana. On March 6th, 2010 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Jerry Poe was assigned to referee the Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Pettis and Deividas Taurosevicius vs. L.C. Davis fights at WEC 47.

In the 2nd Round of the Taurosevicius vs. Davis fight, Taurosevicius kneed Davis in the groin - and the look on Davis’ face left no doubt he was in pain. He also pointed to “the area” and motioned to Poe, but Poe didn’t intervene, saying that he didn’t see the foul, so he couldn’t call it.

In spite of his background and experience, Jerry Poe has since received some flack for failing to stop the fight and give Davis his 5 minutes of recovery time. The question is:  if you don’t see a foul, can you stop the fight, accidental or not? In the Castillo vs. Pettis bout, Castillo bullied Pettis into the cage and landed a hard knee to the groin that doubled Pettis over - but Poe saw this foul, stepped in and stopped the fight to allow Pettis time to recover.

The MMA Referee's Code of Ethics says “I call what I see and only what I see. It is what it is.” and according to Jerry Poe, that’s just what he did.

I talked with Poe in depth about his experience at WEC 47, his background and previous ref’ing experiences for some other MMA promotions, such as Bellator, Phantom Fight Explosion and Iron Tiger Challenge in Ohio.


Though the years of trials and tribulations from competitor to referee, here is my point of view on working the WEC 47, March 6, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  It was a great opportunity and exhilarating experience. It was also a great learning experience, something that I can use moving forward in my professional career as a referee.

I arrived at the Arnold Classic Trade Show for the Friday night weigh-ins around noon. I walked around the trade show until I had to check in at the official’s room at 4:00 p.m. to be walked to the center stage for weigh-ins starting at 5:00 p.m. in front of 170,000 people at the trade show.  After the weigh-ins were done, I went backstage and conducted the fighters’ Rules Meeting for the following night’s event. Mr. Reed Harris, the General Manager and Founder of the W.E.C., complimented fellow referee Mark Matheny and myself on conducting a very professional rules meeting. The rules meeting lasted approximately 45 minutes and then we were done for the night. I then attended the amateur fight show that night at another Columbus venue. Ohio is known for running more MMA shows than any other state in the country.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 March 2010 23:43
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Mixed martial arts? Why not?

Please enjoy this very logical, insightful article by Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, the New York Secretary of State. In it she discusses the pro's and con's of legalizing MMA in New York. It's nice to hear what "other" NY State officials are thinking and to get a sense of their reasoning, without feeling the need to defend the sport of mixed martial arts at the end! No accusations, no innuendos -- just clear, logical, well-articulated thinking. As follows:

"Gov. David Paterson has proposed legalizing and regulating mixed martial arts. Some New Yorkers, including some who have concerns about the safety aspects in this sport, disagree with that plan.

While I respect that position, I believe that legalizing these competitions presents an opportunity for regulating the sport while allowing the state to realize the economic benefits of hosting MMA competitions.

I believe this is a reasoned middle ground between retaining the ban on MMA and other "combative sports" -- which is economically detrimental to us but beneficial to Connecticut, New Jersey and the other 40 states that have already legalized them -- and abandoning that ban. That would open the door to unregulated fights that flout the existence of athletic commissions and the health and safety rules they enforce.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 01:30
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Endorsement by the Black Dragon: Ron Van Clief

ELITE MMA Referees was honored to have Grand Master Ron Van Clief as one of our students. He recently completed the ELITE MMA Referee Workshop course and obtained his Certificate of Completion. Here's what he had to say about his experience and the training:

"Katrina, Thanks again for everything... ELITE MMA REFEREE WORKSHOP IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WANTING TO REFEREE MMA MATCHES. Thoughful presentation of must-know data in an online format. I learned what a referee should be. ELITE MMA REFEREE WORKSHOP sets the standard for 2010 and beyond. Thank you Katrina for all your effort and dedication to MMA...I feel you! Ron"

Wow - high praise from Master Ron Van Clief indeed! For the two of you who have not heard of Ron Van Clief, per his website: "Grand Master Ron Van Clief has trained and taught Martial Arts well over 40 years. He has appeared internationally on television and radio demonstrating his art, as well as at many colleges and universities lecturing and presenting the Ron Van Clief 101 curriculum. He holds a black belt or the equivalent in Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Aiki-Jitsu, Kung-Fu, Arnis de Mano and Zen Jutsu. Further he is a master of the Sword, Sai, Nunchaku and other martial arts weapons."

If that wasn't enough, "In 1994 he fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship IV, at the age of 51, against the undefeated Champion Joyce Gracie. Grandmaster Ron Van Clief competed in many brutal full contact matches in Asia to prove his systems effectiveness to the world of Martial Arts." To date, he has been the only person to fight at the age of 51 years. Incredible. Take a look - this gentlemen has always been ahead of his time:

His accomplishments are numerous; to read more, please go here. You'll see that Master Van Clief is still highly involved in martial arts and MMA. Here he is sparring at 60...and you don't need to ask who wins, right? ;-D

We are thrilled to have Master Van Clief as a graduating student and honored ELITE MMA Referee. If you're ready to get started on your own MMA referee career, Please Go Here!

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