Newly created and based on the Nevada Athletic Commission, the Brazilian Athletic Commission faces challenges that go beyond regulation and the standardization of rules and extend to the dissemination and growth of mixed martial arts.

Chaired by Giovanni Biscardi and Rafael Favetti, the committee has already taken its first steps and aligned itself with some prominent experts. Referee Mario Yamasaki has been named director of arbitration, and Marcio Tannure has been tapped as medical department chief.

In this interview, Favetti discussed the ongoing efforts of the Brazilian athletic commission:

Sherdog.com: As a respected lawyer in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, you served as vice minister of justice under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. How did you get connected to MMA and how did you become involved with the Brazilian Athletic Commission?
Favetti: I was born in Curitiba and grew up and lived there when Chute Boxe was at its height in Pride [Fighting Championships]. I think MMA is a part of any person who is born in Rio [de Janeiro] or Curitiba. The idea of the commission first came up when I met with Biscardi, a lawyer from Rio. We agreed that the sport needed a commission to regulate it in Brazil, just like it has in the United States, so we founded the Brazilian Athletic Commission and modeled it after the commissions in the U.S., particularly the Nevada Athletic Commission. We have a legal framework in Brazil, a framework of laws that’s a bit different than the U.S. structure. In Brazil, the organizations and associations responsible for regulating the sport are much closer to the event organizers than the athletic commission. As a result, we’re the first athletic commission to be created in Brazil, and with guidelines that mirror those of the Nevada Athletic Commission, our objective is to inspect and audit events. We feel we’re extremely prepared because our model is based on the Nevada commission, so there’s not going to be much difference between the inspection and professionalism of the events here and the events in the U.S. The basic difference is that the Nevada commission is an agency of the state, while we’re a national agency. Aside from that, the level of professionalism and transparency are basically the same.

Sherdog.com: How will you work on doping and on the problems with judging?
Favetti: We have two things in place to deal with the issue of doping: the commission in Nevada and the IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation), the international organization to which we are affiliated. Both dictate the rules of doping for MMA, and we also have the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), which dictates the rules for all Olympic sports. We always keep an eye on both; never differing from the Nevada Athletic Commission and especially the IMMAF on doping is one of the most important things we can do in relation to our sport. MMA has a greater level of unpredictability than any other sport; it’s different from boxing, karate and other sports. Sometimes you have a guy who’s an expert on the ground, and he can lose a fight because of takedown attempts or he can lose the fight standing. A lack of predictability is one of MMA’s defining traits, so the concern over doping is even greater. As far as judging goes, we are concerned with having a better selection process and doing a better job in terms of backgrounds. The sport of MMA is still in its formative stages. The more traditional judges do not have MMA backgrounds, and I can see how they make the mistakes they make. Those mistakes will certainly decrease when our commission starts training our judges in MMA. Maybe we’ll no longer see the gap that exists with judges who move to MMA without proper training because our graduates will be here. I think we have the right conditions with MMA in Brazil, and I think we can export referees from Brazil in a short time.

Sherdog.com: Can you discuss what the Brazilian commission has already implemented?
Favetti: Our major concern was putting the proper structure in place to get started and to develop all protocols: protocols for working UFC events, inspector protocols, medical protocols and referee protocols. In addition, were trying to perfect what would be most suitable for Brazil because I’m sure some of the things that work in the U.S. and other countries would not work here. We’ll have to adjust and tailor things for what’s best for Brazil. We’ve been able to shadow these past UFC events and just watch the way they work without getting our hands dirty. We started out shadowing in Belo Horizonte and have already begun designing our protocols; in Rio de Janeiro, we put together a team of inspectors and did all the training. Marcio Tannure handled the medical side of it -- which included doping and safety -- along with the cutmen, for whom we had to make some adjustments because when you’re sterilizing material within the law, some problems can arise. Marcio can speak to the technical issues better than I can. We’ll improve slightly with each new event, step by step, and by the end of the year, we’ll have our team formed. We’re developing referee courses with Mario, training for those who are not yet referees and improvement classes for those who are. Mario knows exactly how they work. We want to transform this into a national structure. We will not be exclusive to the UFC. Because we have a structure very similar to Nevada, we want to absorb as much knowledge about the way they do things and implement it in our country.

Sherdog.com: Michael Bisping argued that Vitor Belfort won their fight at UFC on FX 7 because it took place in Brazil, outside of where the Nevada commission could intervene on hormone replacement. What do you think about this?
Favetti: It’s a baseless comment. Here in Brazil, we have a committee that regulates doping. Vitor followed the rules. The UFC follows the rules of the Nevada commission -- the Unified Rules -- as do we. There may have been a delay in reporting the results, but there was no failure.

Sherdog.com: How many professionals are on staff with the Brazilian commission?
Favetti: I don’t have the exact number, but the more we get the better. We want to build teams in various regions of Brazil, so we don’t have to move a team from one region to the next. It’s better logistically and helps promote MMA.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale medical suspensions: 15 fighters facing potential time off

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down the medical suspensions following the TUF 21 Finale and 15 fighters are looking at some time away from the game.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 189 medical suspensions: Rory MacDonald could be out until 2016

  • 22 days ago
  • 209 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down the medical suspensions following UFC 189 and there are eight fighters facing a potential suspension of 185 days.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

TUF 21 Finale Medical Suspensions: Several Fighters Could Be Out Until January

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

The Nevada Athletic Commission released the full medical suspensions stemming from The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale to MMAWeekly.com. read news >>

Invicta FC 13 Medical Suspensions: Only Two Fighters Briefly Sidelined

  • 21 days ago
  • 6 views

Only two fighters received medical suspensions by the Nevada Athletic Commission following the Invicta FC 13 event on July 9. read news >>

Nevada Athletic Commission will also review Jake Shields punching Rousimar Palhares after the bell

  • a day ago
  • 14 views

Rousimar Palhares is not the only one facing discipline for his alleged shenanigans Saturday night. The Nevada Athletic Commission will review both the actions of Palhares and Jake Shields for unspor read news >>

NSAC drug test hearings for Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz set for Aug. 13

  • 20 hours ago
  • 1 views

Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has once again summoned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, who are required to appear before the governing body on A read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71 drug test results come back clean for 16 fighters, including Gilbert Melendez

  • 21 days ago
  • 243 views

California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) tested 16 fighters -- out of competition -- for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 71 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which takes place tomorrow read news >>

UFC 190 medical suspensions: Five fighters potentially out six months

  • a day ago
  • 28 views

Five fighters could get long medical suspensions following UFC 190, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) announced on Monday. Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Aguilar, who battled for three roun read news >>

UFC 190 injuries and medical suspensions: Claudia Gadelha and Patrick Cummins facing six-month sits

  • a day ago
  • 8 views

Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) issued its list of injuries and medical suspensions on Monday for the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who participated in UFC 190, which took place last Sat. read news >>

Photos: Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler's faces, a day after UFC 189 war

  • 23 days ago
  • 381 views

Check out how Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler's faces look just a day after UFC 189. Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald engaged in a 5 round war on their welterweight title fight at UFC 189. It was a read news >>