MMA Shadow Event Official Course taught by Herb Dean

Get practical “in the cage” and event logistics training. Shadow students attend one live MMA event with Herb to observe and participate where assigned. This course is offered at two levels:

  • Observation Shadow Student
  • Certified Official Shadow Student

Observation Shadow Students participate in all aspects of the event. Anyone can take the Observation Shadow course, including students who are not interested in certification. This course is for everyone who wants to observe how MMA officials work an event. The knowledge learned by observing the mechanics of a live event cannot be duplicated in any classroom.

  • Event officials briefing meeting
  • Event safety review
  • Emergency exit path inspection
  • Cage inspection
  • Inspecting hand wrap application
  • Moderate warmup rooms
  • Rules meeting with the fighters
  • Escort fighters to the cage
  • Pre-fight inspection
  • Fight team moderation
  • Shadow judge fights
  • Debriefing with Commission
  • Debriefing with Herb

Certified Official Shadow Students participate in all aspects of the event and officiate. Transition smoothly from the certification classroom to the cage while having the most experienced official on hand for questions. Only Camp certificate holders will be allowed to officiate at events.

  • Participate in all aspects of the event listed for Observation Shadow Students
  • Certified Judge students will sit in the judge seat to judge
  • Certified Referee students will step into the cage to referee and sit in the judge seat to judge
  • Performance evaluation by Herb

Scheduled on an individual basis, space is very limited. Event locations are across the US, travel is required.

Course Fee: Attend 1 event $600. All registration fees are paid via PayPal in USD and non-refundable.

Course Schedule: TBD typical report time is 5 pm, event ending time varies
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Shadow Event Participation Requirements


All are encouraged to take the shadow course. There are many opportunities to be involved with the live MMA event.Observation Shadow Student
Shadow an event as an inspector, no certification required

Certified Official Shadow Student
Only MMA Referee Camp certificate holders will be allowed to officiate (referee and/or judge) at shadow events.
Pass MMA Official 1 to shadow an event as a MMA judge
Pass MMA Official 1 and MMA Official 2 to shadow an event as a MMA Referee

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