All right, that is awesome.
Italian promotion Impera MMA Fighting Championship may not be the most recognized name in the sport, but it's certainly among the most innovative.
This footage, taken from Impera FC 2's Dec. 14 bout between Daniele Scatizzi and Enrico Romano, offers a high-definition look from the point of view of a referee. It lets viewers see exactly what the man in charge of the fighters' safety sees during a scrap.
While nothing outstanding happened in the fight, the implications for this type of filming are astounding.
Pride Fighting Championships utilized the "ref cam" in the past, but with advancements in technology—namely Google Glass, which was used to capture this video—the sport's largest promotions could take notice and breathe life back into this interesting and telling method of filming a fight.
Imagine a Glass-equipped Kim Winslow or Steve Mazzagatti.
They are two of the most criticized referees in the business, and a quick review of the Google Glass footage could show exactly what they were (or were not) seeing during a questionable call.
Furthermore, this method of filming would be useful in reviewing controversial calls that result in a no-contest or disqualification. MMA is a fast sport, and referees have to make decisions in a split second, so perhaps Google Glass could offer the post-fight video necessary to ensure the proper decision was made in these instances.
There is no telling how exactly this technology could be used inside the Octagon or the Bellator cage, but the thought of a Glass-captured Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman II bout makes me froth with want.
What do you make of the footage? Could it be useful, or is it just cool to watch?
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