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ABC Certified Officials Training

Approved MMA Trainers

Herb Dean – both Referee and Judge
Marc Fennell – Referee
Nelson “Doc” Hamilton – both Referee and Judge
Robert Hinds – both Referee and Judge
Kevin MacDonald – Referee
John McCarthy – both Referee and Judge

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Big John McCarthy’s COMMAND Training Judging Course

The next COMMAND course has now been confirmed for Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th, 2013  in Valencia, California. This is the FIRST EVER Hybrid course over a 3-day period where participants have the option of taking the Judging course, the Referee course or both courses. In addition, there is a One-Day Re-Cert Referee course for those individuals that have already passed the COMMAND Referee course and need a refresher course as part of their Commissions requirements (Valid 2 Years). The days and cost of each course are as follows:

All course dates fall over the weekend of Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th, 2013
  • 2-Day Judging Certification: Friday & Staurday $500.00
  • 3-Day Referee Certification:  Friday through Sunday $600.00
  • 3-Day Referee & Judging Certification: Friday through Sunday $900.00
  • 1-Day Referee Re-Certification: Saturday Only $150.00 (For previously certified COMMAND Referee’s Only, Vaild for Two Years)

This course has limited space and is filled on a first registered, first served basis. For further information please visit or call 661 257-3220.

MMA Judge & Referee Training Taught by Herb Dean

Certification Course schedule:
MMA Official 1 – November 8, 2013, 8 am – 5 pm (class meeting time is subject to change)
MMA Official 2 – November 9, 2013, 8 am – 5 pm (class meeting time is subject to change)
MMA Shadow Event Official Course – November 9, 2013 “In the cage” and event logistics training at a live event.
Training Location: Pasadena, CA.
Passing MMA Official 1 course earns Certification for MMA Judging Training
Passing MMA Official 1 & 2 earns Certification for MMA Referee Training.
Course cost is $600.00 per day.
All program details are on the website at Please call 626-692-7837 for more information.


Sunday, November 24th in Raleigh, NC  MMA Referee Course by Kevin MacDonald

The Referee Training Course is a full day of instruction (9+ hours) which includes powerpoint presentation, video analysis, question and answer discussion, scenario training, and in the cage positioning instruction.

Students will be provided with a training manual which covers all topics taught in the course.

Students who successfully complete the Referee Training Course will be given a Certificate of Completion for documentation and, if state regulations permit, students may be invited to shadow professional referees at live MMA event(s).

After passing the Referee Training Course and shadowing referees at a live event(s), referee candidates will have the tools necessary to step into the cage under supervision and gain invaluable real bout experience.

Kevin MacDonald
82 Beechwood Ave.
Watertown, MA 02472

781-316-5220  phone
Cost: $275

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