MMA Assistant Coach
20 years of combat sports experience. 14 years of MMA experience. Trained for a number of years at MAASA beginning in 2005 under former LFA Heavyweight Champion Richard “The Black Eagle” Odoms. 10 years experience as a professional MMA referee. Have served as a referee and judge for major promotions including LFA, RFA, WMMA, Fury, Combate Americas, Bellator and UFC. I also stay in good standing with the ABC and attended officials training at conventions as often as possible.
In 2009 after watching a regional MMA fight I decided that I wanted to be a referee. I wasn’t happy with what I saw as far as the officiating goes in that fight. I believed that it was dangerous to have people with little to no MMA experience taking care of MMA fighters in a fight. I contacted different commissions to see what I could do to be a referee and ran into a lot of road blocks. I needed to get a certificate of training from an approved ABC instructor. At that time there were only five and none of them were in Texas. Also most of them had just a couple of courses a year. After running into many different road blocks and obstacles I got into contact with Kevin “The Ref” McDonald. Kevin is a longtime MMA referee and one of the original five approved MMA instructors. Kevin trained me and gave me my certificate in 2010. If it wasn’t for Kevin and his mentor ship as well as friendship I probably wouldn’t have accomplished what I have to this day. I visualized that I would one day Ref for the UFC and I have been fortunate to have worked multiple as well as a number of other major promotions. I am lucky I get to be a part of the sport I love. I will continue to give myself to the sport of MMA as long as I am able.
Motivation & Passion
I believe that I am one of the best at what I do. And if I ever feel I’m not, I will do what is needed to get there. I am passionate about the sport of MMA and love being an important part of it. I believe I make a positive difference in the sport as a referee. I enjoy helping fighters and being a part of their journey. I believe with my experience and insight of the sport on every level from small amateur show to a major UFC pay per view, I can provide a fighter with positive and helpful direction. I enjoy motivating and helping people achieve their dreams.