“Yeah, I’m going to be nervous. It’ll be like I’m walking into a fight myself. But the spotlight only makes me want to be sharper and do a better job. It will be pretty intense, but I will be on my toes with this UFC event, because I know all eyes are going to be on me.”
A long-time veteran of the fight game, New Jersey’s own Ricardo Almeida is set to embark on a new phase in his career this weekend. That of an MMA ringside judge for the New Jersey Athletic Commission.
With so many bad scores and calls in MMA, Almeida is the first UFC crossover that has gone from fighter to official, and many fans and analysts believe that this is the key to start improving the sport.
Having been inside the cage and in rings across the globe for several years, Ricardo will be able to identify the action that is going on in the cage better than his judging peers and as such should be able to help rectify some of the problems with the bad calls and poor scoring.
He is but one man, and sadly, the two other judges who will sit beside him will be able to trump any score he turns in, but it’s a start.
(quote via ESPN.com)