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ASK THE COMMISSION: Inspectors are one of the most important parts of regulation Print E-mail
Written by Matt Schowalter   
Friday, 13 June 2014 19:34

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WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF INSPECTORS AT MMA EVENTS?

The role of an inspector is probably one of the most important aspects of regulation. It's not a position that is prominently in the spotlight, but one that carries a lot of responsibilities with it.

An inspector is there to ensure that both fighters have a level playing field, are following the rules, and are properly cared for when medical attention is needed. An inspector also ensures that the event flows smoothly from fight to fight, that corners aren't getting out of hand cageside, and that the locker rooms are a controlled environment where fighters can prepare for, and wind down after, a fight without having any unnecessary distractions.

I always say that being an inspector is like being in customer service. They need to make sure a fighter is focusing on their fight and nothing else. They should be an ear to vent on when a fighter is upset, an encouraging voice or pick-me-up when a fighter is nervous or feeling down, and a person to offer a well-deserved congratulations after a big win. Every fighter should feel as if the inspector is in their corner at all times and there for them whenever they need something.

While being all this, inspectors also have to remain neutral in the public eye. They can't treat one fighter, trainer or promoter differently than another. This

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