Marc Goddard: Unifying IMMAF & ABC in certification of MMA officials

Renowned MMA referee and head of the IMMAF Technical Committee, Marc Goddard, shared insight on recent developments with the USA’s Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), who he explains have expressed an interest in developing further education and certification for MMA officials, based on the official IMMAF certification courses designed and…

Video: Marc Goddard talks IMMAF Technical Committee expansion

The IMMAF Technical Committee was recently expanded this year, welcoming four additional global members. The IMMAF Technical Committee was first established with renowned MMA official Marc Goddard alongside former Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Marc Ratner, who is currently the UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. The expansion…

Youth MMA programme sees incredible results in Northern Ireland

Illustration: Graphic comparing reported attitudes of young people at the beginning and end of the Youth MMA project The Ulster Amateur MMA Association (UAMMAA) has reached the conclusion of its pilot youth MMA programme, “Fight to Unite”, and has reported inspiring results following an independent evaluation. The Fight to Unite pilot ran…

IMMAF officials certification course: Northern Ireland

Picture: UFC referee Marc Goddard briefs officials ahead of the practical assessment at an IMMAF certification course in Prague, Czech Republic. The next IMMAF international amateur MMA referees & judges certification course is scheduled to take place from Saturday, September 17th to Sunday, September 18th, 2016, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.…

IMMAF officials certification course: Northern Ireland

Picture: UFC referee Marc Goddard briefs officials ahead of the practical assessment at an IMMAF certification course in Prague, Czech Republic. The next IMMAF international amateur MMA referees & judges certification course is scheduled to take place from Saturday, September 17th to Sunday, September 18th, 2016, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.…

IMMAF Worlds showcases international officials

Picture: IMMAF officials team, 2016 World Championships. Earlier this month Las Vegas was turned into a hub for developing MMA talent as the 2016 IMMAF World Championships welcomed over 200 Amateur competitors from countries and continents around the world, contested from July 5th to July 10th, culminating at the UFC…

MMA Official Vito Paolillo discusses his journey with IMMAF

Pictured above: IMMAF Regulatory Affairs Consultant Marc Goddard briefs teams and officials at the 2015 World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas. Vito Paolillo is among 21 experienced MMA officials who registered for a referee or judging position at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. Alongside his international counterparts,…

Ask Goddard

#AskGoddard FULL Q&A HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

For the past 9 weeks IMMAF.org has featured episodes of the recent Youtube series #AskGoddard, with IMMAF regulatory affairs consultant and renowned UFC referee Marc Goddard responding various fan questions relating to his experience and knowledge as an international MMA official, filmed on the morning of February 27 ahead of UFC…