UFC senior vice president of government regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, appeared on the most recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to discuss a number of subjects.
Ratner, while not as well-known as the likes of Dana White, plays a prominent role within the promotion.
One thing Ratner is working to eliminate are the accidental eye pokes. You know, the ones that cause Joe Rogan to go on 10-minute rants about changing the gloves, getting rid of them, and so on.
“We’re working with a glove manufacturer to make a glove that is a little more curved, so hopefully that will make it tougher for someone to stick a finger in an eye. Also, the ref can’t do anything more than say, ‘Can you see?’ to the fighter after he gets poked in the eye. If he says he can’t see, the ref has to stop the fight,” he said. “We want the ref to not ask the question, but to let a doctor come out, examine the fighter and make the decision, which will take two to three minutes and give the eye some time to clear up and the fighter could get to continue the fight.”
Ratner also talked about getting MMA legalized in the state of New York, a goal the UFC has worked on for the past several years.
“It’s not a matter of if, but it’s a matter of when. This year we passed in the senate. In the assembly, we had the majority leader of the assembly sponsor it. But they never had a vote go to the floor,” Ratner stated. “It’s not the democratic process and it’s un-American. But we’re a fighting company and we’re going to keep fighting and get it happen.”