While he might be widely known to most battle followers, Marc Ratner, one particular of the most influential adult men in fight sports is becoming inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame.
Las Vegas – UFC on Saturday declared that UFC Senior Vice President of Governing administration and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame class for 2020 as a Contributor. The UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will be officially inducted next year alongside the UFC Hall of Fame Course of 2021.
“Marc Ratner is the most influential and revered regulator in battle athletics record,” UFC President Dana White claimed. “Marc was instrumental in obtaining the activity of blended martial arts sanctioned and regulated globally and the tireless operate he did educating athletic commissions about MMA paved the way for us to host gatherings about the entire world. It will be an honor for me to induct him into the UFC Corridor of Fame Course of 2020.”
Born in Phoenix, Ariz., Ratner was raised in Las Vegas and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business enterprise Administration from the University of Nevada. Following graduation from Reno, Ratner began officiating high university sporting activities in Southern Nevada, a role he carries on to this day. For the duration of his profession as an formal, he served as Commissioner of Officers for all substantial colleges in Southern Nevada for much more than 25 several years and an NCAA Division I football formal for more than 20 a long time. As a collegiate football official, he was picked to officiate 3 bowl video games: the 2000 Independence Bowl, the 2003 Aloha Bowl, and the 2006 Cotton Bowl.
“Marc Ratner is the most seasoned and revered battle athletics regulator in heritage,” UFC Main Functioning Officer Lawrence Epstein claimed. “The sport of blended martial arts and UFC do not exist in its recent type without having his contributions.”
A lifelong boxing enthusiast, Ratner joined the Nevada Condition Athletic Fee (NSAC) as an inspector in 1985. In 1987, he was named Main Inspector in advance of remaining promoted to Govt Director in 1992. For the duration of his tenure with the NSAC, Ratner oversaw the fee through some of the most unforgettable boxing matches in record, which includes when the notorious “Fan Man” incident occurred through the heavyweight championship struggle amongst Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe at Caesars Palace in 1993 and when Mike Tyson confronted Evander Holyfield in their 1997 rematch. Under Ratner’s steerage, the NSAC was held in the highest regard and regarded the gold common of excellence by the boxing community.
“Marc Ratner is 1 of the most considerable figures accountable for the ongoing advancement and recognition of fight sports activities,” claimed former UFC Main Executive Officer Lorenzo J. Fertitta. “As just one of the most influential and highly regarded regulators in overcome sports activities, Marc’s contributions to boxing and blended martials arts in excess of the earlier three decades are immeasurable, and his effect will proceed to condition the landscape for many years to occur. He is a buddy of good character and integrity, and he will be a excellent addition to the UFC Corridor of Fame.”
Ratner joined UFC as an govt in May 2006, following two a long time with the NSAC. When he initial joined UFC, 22 states in the U.S. controlled the activity of blended martial arts for levels of competition. Now, MMA is lawful in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Mexico and Western Australia. He was instrumental in the historic 2016 legalization of qualified MMA in New York Condition, ending a decade-very long struggle for regulation in the country’s largest media current market. Ratner also prospects UFC’s self-regulated operations in nations without the need of formal commissions, following the suggestions of the Nevada Condition Athletic Fee.
As one of the most respected people in both equally boxing and MMA, Ratner is universally recognised for his honesty and fairness by fighters, managers, and promoters. In 2005, he was inducted into both the Globe Boxing Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, adopted by his induction into the inaugural class of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2016, he was also inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
A die-hard enthusiast of the UNLV Functioning Rebels, Marc has served as the shot clock operator all through men’s basketball game titles for more than 35 years. He resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Jody, and the few are moms and dads of two grownup little ones and three grandchildren.
Marc Ratner joins UFC Hall of Fame
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