Vitor Ribeiro To Referee Two Fights At UFC Fight Night 45
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.08.2014
MMA Fighting reports that former Shooto and Cage Rage 155-pound champion Vitor Ribeiro will referee two fights at UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 16.
Ribeiro said: "I'm excited. I have a lot experience as a referee in Brazil, but I worked at some amateur events in New Jersey, and recently worked at a professional event in May, so they decided to put me on the preliminary card of the UFC."
He's worked several MMA fights in Brazil and got a license to referee fights at the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in late 2013. He's worked in around 25 fights in the US before getting called by the UFC. He will referee the Jessamyn Duke vs. Leslie Smith and Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Jerrod Sanders fights. He thinks being a veteran will help him fix judging problems.
He added: "Being an ex-fighter is not the only solution. It helps, but you have situations where you have to use a replay, for an example. NFL and soccer are starting to use some technology now, and it helps a lot. That's the way. But, until we get to that point, being a former MMA fighter helps a lot. It's interesting to have someone with more knowledge on the grappling area, someone that knows what's going on there. (Ricardo Almeida) is a judge now, I'm a referee, so we'll slowly advance in that area so we can let fighters work. Sometimes you can stop a fight earlier if you play only by the rules. You have to follow the rules, but you have to let them fight. We have good judges and good referees, like Herb Dean and Big John, but some don't do a good job. I think the commission should also do some training."