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Marc Goddard: ‘You’ll by no means’ see me referee for a Leon Edwards struggle

Marc Goddard received’t be the third man in UFC 304’s fundamental occasion this month (Sat., July 27, 2024).

It takes two to tango and a 3rd to facilitate. The perfect of the perfect needs to be concerned on the highest stage of any career. For the higher a part of the previous 15 years, England’s Goddard has been part of that dialog relating to referees.

The subsequent massive blended martial arts (MMA) occasion, UFC 304, will see the promotion return to Goddard’s residence nation the place two native champions take heart stage. In the principle occasion, Welterweight champion, Leon Edwards, will rematch the highest contender, Belal Muhammad. Nevertheless, Goddard has made it some extent to exit of his approach to not officiate “Rocky” bouts.

“Leon Edwards,” Goddard instructed Overdogs Podcast (h/t MMA Preventing) when requested if there are any fighters’ fights he’d by no means referee in. “You’ve by no means noticed me referee Leon Edwards within the UFC and also you by no means will. Why? As a result of I used to be Leon Edwards’ first coach in MMA. Means, manner, manner again when, when he was simply an newbie. However once more, the widespread sense factor for me, like I stated, despite the fact that the hyperlink is so — who knew then when Leon first walked into that gymnasium as a uncooked newbie, a uncooked novice, with no expertise. Now take a look at him. UFC Welterweight champion of the world.

“However you’ve by no means noticed me referee him and also you by no means will as a result of we’ll simply preserve it out of the best way,” he concluded. “I simply don’t need any problem and I don’t need to be put in a predicament the place I’m making a name that would go towards him, so it’s each methods.”

Officers have but to be assigned to UFC 304. Though he will not be dealing with Edwards’ third title protection, Goddard can be a no brainer for the interim UFC Heavyweight title co-main occasion between the champion, Tom Aspinall, and Curtis Blaydes.


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