Welcome, welcome, welcome to episode two hundred and six of the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip!
Absolute MMA heaven for you this week, but as ever with Distraction Pieces, this is not strictly for the hardcore heads - so don’t skip it if you’re on the fence about it or don’t follow it as religiously as some of us… (Yes I’m talking about Pip…) - there are gems and jewels to be gained from it as always! Anyway - disclaimers aside - please welcome one of the most revered referees in the business, Marc Goddard! A true masterclass in the complex and nuanced art of refereeing, about which Marc expounds on perfectly as he goes over past bouts, the success stories as well as the calls that still haunt him, the old days of UFC when it was all on VHS with only two rules (no biting and no eye gouging), the development of the sport from being a spectacle, his involvement with IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation), his introduction into the world of MMA via his next door neighbour, the constant sport-wide evolution, the ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ life of a ref, new rule revisions, and just so much goodness from a wise, friendly figure in the sport. As stated earlier, one for the fans of course but also one for those not so acquainted with the world, and certainly one for those hungry to learn. A side of the sport that we don’t often hear from right here. Indulge.
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