Most of the top fight ammy shows only have one pro fight and they are not vital to the shows anyway
However, if you're an all-ammy show and you're not paying anyone (apart from a ticket deal) then are you justified in charging the same prices as shows with a good chunk of professional fighters to cater for in their outgoings? I'd say no, but obviously no promoter wants to drop their ticket price.
I understand what you are saying and I agree but even a drop by £5 per ticket could make a massive impact on the show(s)
say I charged £15 a ticket and then had to take off the commision so call it £10 per ticket and get a crowed of 400 thats a £4000 gate, take off the cage, security, judges, refs alone that takes it down to £2300 then take off the venue, medics and doctor that brings it down to £1300, next take off the sanctioning, trophies, print/design thats down to £500 now from that £500 we have to take off any purses, travel, hotels, ring girls, water/fruit for fighters and were into the minus.
Promoters - think of it from a liability point of view as well. Marc Goddard made a great point yesterday at the meeting - Let's say you get a pull out and need a late replacement to save you show. You ring up a guy who you know will take a fight on a day/few hour's notice..lets call him, um, Pike Mersil for the sake of argument. This guy gets knocked out on your show and, god forbid, the worst happens.
You'll likely end up in a court of law under close scrutiny. What did you do to ensure this man was fit to compete? What steps did you take to ensure he was healthy before putting him in harms way? "I got his number off a mate and chucked him £300 on four hours notice" isn't a good answer for you, or the sport.
With Safe MMA, any fighter you use will have had a medical exam and blood tests. You'll know when their last fight was, and that they have been 'green lit' to compete since that fight. You wont run the risk of having a guy on your show who was knocked out the week, or night, before.
As a promoter your first concern should be fighter safety, I don't think anyone will dispute that. But being part of Safe MMA also should also give you piece of mind if you're put under scrutiny should something bad happen, that you've taken reasonable steps. You'll also have the backing of medical experts to confirm this.
I get all that BUT how many ammy guys will sign up in the next 6 months? Its something I need to keep an eye on as do the other ammy show promoters I mean alot of the shows.promoters im friends with like me use alot of the same gyms so we all need to see if they are going to sign up before we as promoters commit
Does anyone know how long it takes from registering and paying to be fully affiliated?
So say for example UCMMA have a pull out from their main event and their 0-6 guy can't fight anymore and they have searched the SafeMMA database and there is no-one there who fits the criteria they are looking for. They identify Fighter A but he isn't a member of the scheme. How long does it take SafeMMA to get him registered as the show depends on it and it wouldn't be fair for the opponent not to have a fight.
Overall, this looks very positive. The cost of someone being severely hurt on a UK show will be far more than the cost of signing up to Safe MMA.