Veteran mixed martial arts referee Marc Goddard is excited about “Brave 24: London.” An invite-only event, the upcoming Brave Combat Federation event will take place t the Copper Box Arena, inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London, England on July 25, 2019.
”I like the theme of this event,” Goddard said of “Brave 24: London.” “I like it a lot. (It is) black-tie, invite only. I feel MMA is getting established as a sport but we have a long way to go collectively but what this event can do is focus on the sport as the spectacle not the event itself.”
Hailing from Birmingham, England, Goddard competed as a professional MMA fighter from to 2002 to 2008. He went on to become one of the best MMA referees in the world.
“I’ve been around a long time,” Goddard stated. “I’ve been most fortunate enough to officiate fights in over 40 countries and see many new ideas and formats and I’m very thankful for that.”
“Brave CF is attempting something different here,” the legendary MMA referee continued. “Hopefully, the right set of eyes will come in, watch the show and realize the potential mixed martial arts has.”
As the third man inside the cage, Goddard is fair and ruthless. He makes split-second decisions like nobody.
Outside the cage, Goddard is a devoted enforcer of MMA rules and regulations. He has worked closely with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and recently, he started the English MMA Association (EMMAA).
A long-time contributor for Brave CF, Goddard is excited to be refereeing at “Brave 24: London,” an exclusive event that will connect the highest level of celebrities, influencers, politicians and businessmen to MMA in a celebratory way on a gala night set to turn the eyes of the world to the sport. He believes the promotion’s vision of redirecting the MMA industry’s perspective towards the sport itself is the right step to take for its development on all levels.
The EMMAA is now a part of Goddard’s day-to-day life. He believes the focus should also be put on a grassroots level with amateur athletes being given the opportunities and conditions to thrive and evolve into top professional fighters.
This goes along Brave CF’s ethos of developing amateur fighters. It has been proven through the promotion’s agreement with the IMMAF to host the World Championships in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as being alert to the tournament and signing promising fighters to their first professional deals.
One of the Brave CF fights Goddard refereed was the one between Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 23, of the Philippines faced Keith “Killa” Lee, 22, of the United States at “Brave 14: Morocco” at the Omnisports Indoor Club of Tangier in Tangier, Morocco in 2018. Watch the bout here: