December 20. The UFC Fight Night occasion on the Apex the nighttime earlier than become withinside the books, which means that for the subsequent 3 weeks the Octagon might be dark.

So in which become the UFC’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, on Sunday night?

Courtside on the UNLV vs. Pacific basketball game, going for walks the shot clock as he has for the school’s domestic video games for over 35 years. That’s now no longer to say his obligations as a Division I soccer reputable for over decades, with 3 bowl video games beneathneath his belt.

“I think more than anything, with all the major craziness I dealt with in boxing, I was able to stay calm, whether it was ‘The Bite Fight’ (Holyfield-Tyson 2) or the Fan Man (Holyfield-Bowe 2), or Zab (Judah) and Floyd (Mayweather)’s father and uncle fighting, I was always pretty calm, and that comes, I believe, from officiating basketball and football, where you have to stay calm and not get carried away and get mad at a coach. So I think that background really helped me. It’s all about people, and you have to be able to talk and listen and that’s one of my better qualities that I don’t make real quick decisions. I try to hear all sides and try to be reasonable.”

“When Lorenzo (Fertitta) first called me in the fall of ’05, I thought it was just to talk about rules and what we could do better as a commission,” Ratner recalled. “And then he said, I may have something for you in the future. That was all. Then, I would say early January (2006), now it’s Dana (White) and Lorenzo and Kirk (Hendrick), and they said, ‘Marc, you understand the sport, we think you can help us get it approved in other places. You know how the State commissions work and you know a lot of them.”

Then came the big question: “Have you ever thought about leaving the commission?”

“No,” Ratner replied. “I think I have the best regulatory job in the world.”

He did listen to what was being proposed, though, and as he thought about joining the UFC, he realized he had the chance to change the sport forever in a positive way. That was the ultimate selling point. And Ratner was in.

“I think the main reason that I came over was because it was a chance to be on the ground floor of a new sport,” said Ratner, who is in his 15th year with the company. “None of us were here for baseball or football, but this was still a brand new sport in so many ways, and I think that was a deciding factor.”

UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner looks on after being announced as a newly elected member of the UFC Hall of Fame during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It was a major hire for the UFC, and one that sent shockwaves through the boxing world, which wasn’t too happy about this sudden development.

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