Marc Goddard has been involved in the MMA scene from its early inception. A former MMA & Submission Grappling competitor and successful coach, Marc then moved into the officiating side of the sport. Calling upon his years of direct experience and his passion for the sport of MMA, this coupled with Marc’s unparalleled attention to detail quickly led for Marc to become the referee of choice for many of the UK’s leading domestic promotions.
Marc then became the first ever UK Referee to be appointed for the UFC and quickly followed this up by being the first ever UK MMA Referee to be licensed and sanctioned to Referee in the USA including the fight capital of the World Las Vegas Nevada. Marc has since travelled and officiated in all Continents and having officiated in some 40 countries Worldwide and can be seen taking charge of some the biggest fights around the Globe including UFC World Championship Contests.
Marc has been a long time ambassador for competitor safety in MMA, becoming renowned for establishing the definitive MMA Referees and Judges Course in the UK and since taking and developing it on a Global scale. As one of the founders of the Safe MMA medical project in 2012 and a founding director of the United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation, establishing the organisation’s original Regulatory Affairs Committee (2013). Marc has resided on the Regulatory Affairs Technical Committee of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation since launch in 2012, and is responsible for heading the education of officials as well as performing a lead officiating role at all MMAF Championship events.