Official statement from our CEO, Dean Toole, regarding Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA 6 held in Biloxi, Mississippi
The recent Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA event in Biloxi, Mississippi, featuring the highly anticipated match between Roy Nelson and Alan Belcher, not only showcased the undeniable talent of these athletes but also brought to light several critical aspects of fight regulation, particularly the pivotal role of referees.
As a promotion that values the integrity and fairness of our sport above all else, Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA would like to express its profound respect for the challenging role played by the Mississippi State Athletic Commission and its referees, who must make split-second decisions under immense pressure. Nevertheless, we have observed instances where referee decisions significantly impacted the flow and outcome of fights. These instances include early stoppages, situations where fights were not halted swiftly enough, and delays in responding when a fighter is tapping out.
Our recent event further underscored these concerns, with the outcome of the Nelson vs. Belcher fight prompting reflection on the complexities of such judgments. Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA believes that bringing these issues to light is crucial for the continual improvement of our sport. We wish to acknowledge the Mississippi State Athletic Commission for its commendable openness to dialogue and improvement. Their willingness to review our concerns, particularly concerning the need for consistent and fair refereeing, is a testament to their unwavering commitment to the sport and its athletes.
Mississippi remains a vital and beloved location for our events, known for its passionate fight fans from around the world. Our commitment to returning to this great state is unwavering, and we are encouraged by the Commission’s readiness to address and rectify the issues we’ve raised.
Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA would like to extend its profound appreciation to the fighters, fans, and officials who contribute tirelessly to the success of these events. Your support and dedication are the pillars of Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to upholding the highest standards of fairness and excellence in all our endeavors. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.
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