Referee Marc Goddard Says More Weight Classes Aren’t The Answer


Marc Goddard is one of the most respected MMA referees in the world, having officiated events for the UFC, Cage Warriors and a host of other promotions.

When it comes to the issues surrounding weight cutting, the longtime referee says adding more weight classes to the sport won’t solve the problem.

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“That’s not the answer,” Goddard said on The MMA Hour. “What I meant by that is I'm not saying that an overhaul or eventually a couple more weight classes may be needed or may come — this sport is still formative, people forget that. We’re a young sport and we're learning and we're evolving along the way.”

Goddard’s comments fall in line with what UFC President Dana White recently said in an interview on the topic.

The longtime MMA official also points to programs that are being instituted by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) as was to help with the weight cutting dilemma.

“What California is doing with hydration testing, too, [specific] gravity testing, it’s part of the overall plan and it’s slowly but surely coming together,” Goddard said. “Mixed martial arts, whether people like it or not, we’re still a formative sport.”

Goddard is officiating fights this weekend at KSW MMA 40 in Poland.

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