World-class referee Marc Goddard excited for BRAVE 24’s potential changes in the sport

Marc Goddard is arguably the best mixed martial arts referee in the world. As the third man inside the cage, he is fair, ruthless and makes split-second decisions like nobody. Outside, he’s a devoted enforcer of MMA rules and regulations, having worked closely with IMMAF and starting recently the EMMAA (English MMA Association). A long-time contributor for BRAVE Combat Federation, he will be on duty for the promotion’s once-in-a-lifetime, invite-only event in London, on July 25th.

Goddard is excited to be refereeing in such an exclusive event, which will connect the highest level of celebrities, influencers, politicians and businessmen to the sport of mixed martial arts in a celebratory way, on a gala night set to turn the eyes of the world to MMA.

He believes BRAVE Combat Federation’s vision of redirecting the MMA industry’s perspective towards the sport itself is the right step to take for the development of MMA on all levels.

”I like the theme of this event, I like it a lot, black-tie, invite only. I feel MMA is getting established as a sport but we have a long way to go collectively, but what this event can do is focus on the sport as the spectacle, not the event itself. I’ve been around a long time, I’ve been most fortunate enough to officiate fights in over 40 countries and see many new ideas and formats and I’m very thankful for that. BRAVE CF is attempting something different here. Hopefully, the right set of eyes will come in, watch the show and realize the potential mixed martial arts has.”

With EMMAA now a part of his day-to-day life, Goddard believes the focus should also be put on a grassroots level, with amateur athletes being given the opportunities and conditions to thrive and evolve into top professional fighters. This also goes along BRAVE CF’s ethos of developing amateur fighters, something that has been proven through the promotion’s agreement with IMMAF to host the World Championships in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as being alert to the tournament and signing promising fighters to their first professional deals.

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