English MMA Association Launched, Headed By Dan Hardy & Marc Goddard

A new English mixed martial arts (MMA) association has been launched to help with the development of the sport in England. The news was announced in a press release as the EMMAA was launched in Birmingham, UK. It will be led by famed MMA referee Marc Goddard, who will serve as its president. In total, […]

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A new English mixed martial arts (MMA) association has been launched to help with the development of the sport in England.

The news was announced in a press release as the EMMAA was launched in Birmingham, UK. It will be led by famed MMA referee Marc Goddard, who will serve as its president.

In total, there are also nine founding directors, one of which, includes former UFC title challenger and current analyst Dan Hardy. Other notable names present are Rosi Sexton, England’s first-ever female UFC fighter, referee Leon Roberts, journalist Nick Peet and MMA judge and coach Paul Sutherland.

“Personally, I am thrilled, excited and ambitious to share the future of mixed martial arts that we hold a collective responsibility to,” Goddard said in a statement. “The invitation and formation of the inaugural board in my eyes needs no introduction and we all share and hold the same passion for this wonderful sport. United we stand.”

Listed below are some of the long-term goals of the EMMAA:

  • To develop the amateur sport with the long-term goal of seeing MMA at the Olympic Games.
  • To harness the benefits MMA has to offer wider society.
  • To represent English MMA internationally with the development of a national team via domestic competition.
  • The installation of a national rankings system.
  • To promote a positive image of mixed martial arts.

As per the release, one of the first activities of the EMMMA will be reaching out to clubs, fighters, officials, doctors and all participants for national registration. They will also look to unify many processes such as participation safety, medical issues and the rules and regulations of the sport.

Do you think this is the right step forward? Should other countries adopt the same?

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Referee Marc Goddard Praises Henry Cejudo & Marlon Moraes Following UFC 238

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Conor McGregor Criticizes Marc Goddard; Goddard Responds

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, Conor McGregor and referee Marc Goddard got into a recent exchange on Twitter. Cage Warriors, where McGregor fought before the UFC, sent out a tweet showing the Irishman submitting Dave Hill. However, …

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Marc Goddard Admits to “Mistake” in Alvey/Crute Stoppage

Referee Marc Goddard has come forward to provide an explanation for his controversial stoppage in the Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey fight at UFC 234. Marc Goddard called a stop to the fight in the first round when Sam Alvey failed to adequately respond to st…

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Dana White Criticizes Marc Goddard for “Bad Stoppage” at UFC 234

Dana White has a problem with a referee stoppage for the second time in the three-card old 2019. At UFC 234, Jim Crute showed no signs of a sophomore slump when he ran through Sam Alvey for the first round TKO, but that victory came with its share of p…

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Referee Responds To UFC Sao Paulo Main Event Criticisms

The referee presiding over the main event of last night’s (Sat., September 22, 2018) UFC Fight Night 137 from São Paulo, Brazil, has responded to some criticisms of the fight’s stoppage. Longtime referee Marc Goddard saw a strange scenario during the fight. Eryk Anders’ mouthpiece fell out during the third round of his battle with Thiago Santos. […]

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The referee presiding over the main event of last night’s (Sat., September 22, 2018) UFC Fight Night 137 from São Paulo, Brazil, has responded to some criticisms of the fight’s stoppage.

Longtime referee Marc Goddard saw a strange scenario during the fight. Eryk Anders’ mouthpiece fell out during the third round of his battle with Thiago Santos. Santos had been landing far more power strikes throughout the fight. Anders, meanwhile, controlled the grappling department with many takedowns, making the fight a closely-contested main event.

Anders was attempting another one when Goddard stopped the action towards the end of the third frame. The referee awarded Anders position back, but it didn’t end in his favor.

Santos began unloading an assault of elbows and punches to Anders’ temple (watch highlights here). The tiring replacement fighter was wobbled badly. Anders concerningly fell three times after the round ended. Goddard called the fight off as a result.

At least one fighter had an exception with the ref’s decision. Top-ranked lightweight contender Kevin Lee is that man. Lee immediately called out Goddard on Twitter after the fight:

Goddard Responds

Goddard responded shortly thereafter that he did the right thing by giving Anders his position back. He only returned the fighters to their original position, which he insisted was the right call:

The rising middleweight may have lost but earned an extra $50,000 for a “Fight of the Night” bonus in a bout he was hospitalized for afterward. For his part, he had a rather nonchalant reaction.

Anders wants to fight again rather soon despite taking an insane amount of damage at the end of the third round. It was a great fight, and he must have been cleared at the aforementioned medical facility.

Goddard did the best thing he could have done. The controversy seems a bit of a moot point right now. Do you believe Goddard impacted the violent end of the fight with the decision?

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