UFC Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner Discusses Rule Changes in MMA
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.12.2013
He also talks preventing eye pokes…
- On last night's edition of UFC Tonight UFC Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner spoke about rule changes in MMA and more. Here are some highlights…
On recent rule changes: "The spirit of the rule has been violated by the fighters. We have fighters putting their hand down. They're trying to draw the foul and get the refs to call the violation. We're telling the refs, go into the dressing rooms and tell them you're doing it at your own peril. It's a judgment call."
Ratner on preventing eye pokes in the sport: "We're working with a glove manufacturer to make a glove that is a little more curved, so hopefully that will make it tougher for someone to stick a finger in an eye. Also, the ref can't do anything more than say, ‘Can you see?' to the fighter after he gets poked in the eye. If he says he can't see, the ref has to stop the fight. We want the ref to not ask the question, but to let a doctor come out, examine the fighter and make the decision, which will take two to three minutes and give the eye some time to clear up and the fighter could get to continue the fight."
Ratner on if New York will allow MMA in the future: "It's not a matter of if, but it's a matter of when. This year we passed in the senate. In the assembly, we had the majority leader of the assembly sponsor it. But they never had a vote go to the floor. It's not the democratic process and it's un-American. But we're a fighting company and we're going to keep fighting and get it happen."