The implementation of video monitors for judges has been suggested for some time as a means to improve officiating in MMA bouts. It was announced today that UFC 131, which goes down this June in Vancouver, will feature judges’ monitors in the hopes to lessen the instance of questionable calls made by judges.
UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, spoke with Sherdog.com about why the UFC requested judges’ monitors for UFC 131.
“Anything we can do to give the judges another tool is great,” said Ratner. “We’re very excited about it.”
Ratner also revealed that the UFC will be requesting from the Nevada State Athletic Commission that judges be allowed the use of monitors for the upcoming UFC 130 event, which is to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Perhaps as an indicator of things to come, California State Athletic Commission executive director George Dodd spoke to MMAJunkie.com, revealing his stance on the use of judges’ monitors.
“Hopefully this small step, along with mandatory education for all officials, will enhance the fairness and consistency of judges’ decisions if other jurisdictions follow suit,” said Dodd. “The fighters deserve as much.
“There are no regulations that say we can’t have monitors in that area,” he continued. “Sometimes we don’t get the best look because those big bars are in the way. It just gives the judges another angle to score fights.”
UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos goes down on June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.