You might already know that the writers and editors at FightMichigan.com are also State Licenced ring officials for Professional MMA in Michigan. I’d like to share with you part of an email I recently received from the Unarmed Combat Commission regarding new procedures for events that effect specifically ring officials under the new legislation. We’d love to hear your opinion! Use the comments section below!
o Previously the department scheduled all ring officials. Promoters will now be responsible for scheduling ring officials (physician, alternate physician, referees, judges, timekeeper). The promoter will need to provide the names of the ring officials to the department on the event approval request.
o Previously an inspector employed by the department would collect payment for ring officials from the promoter and distribute. Ring officials will now be paid directly by the promoter.
o Ring physicians will no longer be licensed by our department. Only a license by Bureau of Professional Licensing is required.
Seconds & Managers
o Seconds and managers will no longer be licensed.
o Inspectors will no longer be contracted by the state and assigned to events. Promoter will now be required to hire/assign and compensate at least 1 inspector for each event.
See Sec. 33(11).
Bout Tabulation/Show Results
o Previously an inspector assigned by the department would tabulate the scorecards and return score cards and bout summary sheets to the department. Promoter is now responsible for tabulating each contest and submitting results to the department.
Sec. 54a(2)(bb) The results of each contest are reported to the department, on a form prescribed by the department, within 48 hours after the conclusion of the event. The report shall include any physician recommendations under subdivision (q). Within 2 business days after it receives those results, the department shall enter those results in each national contest results database selected by the department.
The effective date of the new legislation is February 10, 2016.