UFC 131: UFC Features Video Monitors for Judges in Vancouver

Todd SeylerContributor IMay 11, 2011

Judges sitting cage-side will have access to video monitors
Judges sitting cage-side will have access to video monitors

UFC 131 on June 11 from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, will be monumental for MMA because of the emergence of cage-side technology to be used by the commissioned judges.

According to Sherdog.com, judges will be able to utilize video monitors throughout the fights.

In an act of precedence, Mark Ratner, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, told Sherdog, “anything we can do to give the judges another tool is great. We’re very excited about it.”

This historic news for the Canadian venue comes immediately after the request by the UFC to place video monitors cage-side at UFC 130 on May 28.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to vote on whether or not monitors will be available for the judges at UFC 130.

Headlining the star-studded fight card at UFC 131 in Vancouver will be a heavyweight clash between the former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, and his counterpart on The Ultimate Fighter, Junior dos Santos.

Additional fights include the return of former contender Shane Carwin and the debut of Kenny Florian at featherweight as he challenges Diego Nunes.

Will the video monitors be in place prior to May 28? That question is still undetermined.

What is certain, however, is that the UFC is taking steps to ensure the greatest reliability of scored fights and to minimize judges' errors as they sit cage-side. 

Stay tuned as this story continues to evolve.

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Todd Seyler

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