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Advice For Aspiring Fighters - Avoid The Black List At All Costs

Rick Piel
20 January 2012
Black Lists in MMA - US Combat Sports

As many of us are aware amateur MMA fight cards will change time and time again up until the day of the fight.

The key to all of this and something the amateur fighters must now realize is that amateur mixed martial arts as well as professional mixed martial arts is sanctioned and governed in their state. There are rules and guidelines for each entity that have to be followed and it directly affects the promoter in many ways. 

Promoters for both amateur and professional fights have to enter fighter information (name, address, contact info, date of birth, etc.) into the fighter database and this is a very time consuming process. This cannot necessarily be done the night before at the weigh-in; accordingly so, the promoter as well as the sanctioning body will be keeping note as to who is dropping off the card and why.

Minor changes in a fight card are common and medical reasons are no joking matter. Fighters dropping off for medical issues could even be asked to provide documentation of their injury by certified medical staff (urgent care facility, E.R., Doctors office, etc.) to keep their name in good standing with the promoter and the governing body.  The reason for the monitoring process is so the sanctioning body as well as the promoter to keep track of who is falling off their cards and who is responsible fighters.

The dreaded “Black List” are not an official entity but something all promoters and matchmakers keep. They may not necessarily call them black lists, but we all know that they exist and why.

These “Black Lists” are common and allow promoters to understand which fighters have backed out of fights and why. Having your name on one of these lists could seriously hamper opportunities inside of the cage.

The best thing a fighter can do is go to his/ her trainer and get their advice and do not book with a promoter in hopes you will be ready by fight night. This is definite waste of the promoter’s time and only stresses him and his staff trying to put together a show.

The governing body for fights in your areas have specific guidelines for fighters cutting weight and fighter that weigh 225 lbs will not necessarily be allowed to cut to 145 lbs. There is a range all sanctioning organizations have and you will have to inquire in your area for these guidelines.

The most important thing to come out of all of this is: plan accordingly and do not book with a promoter before you are ready. This is not only for your protection but a rule by the governing bodies at hand. This will also keep you from being placed on the dreaded Black list and also protect your name and reputation.

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