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Female UK referee Danielle Curzon plans to join WMMA World Tour
MMA referee Danielle Curzon, who has officiated fights in both England and the United States, is scheduled to join forces with the groundbreaking WMMA World Tour in 2013.
Curzon, 29, became Europe’s first televised female MMA referee in 2011 and earlier this year, became the first UK MMA referee to be Association of Boxing Commissions certified by passing referee Herb Dean’s course.
The WMMA World Tour, which is owned and financed by Monaco Sport Invest, plans to launch a series of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts events on a global scale, beginning in April with an event in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Other locales on the tour include Moscow, Russia; Seoul, South Korea; Sun City, South Africa; and Antwerp, Belgium.
Each of the WMMA World Tour events will feature two 8-fighter tournaments in two different weight classes. The victors will be determined that night in single-elimination competition, said Mathew Titaley, a WMMA World Tour representative.
Curzon said that as soon as she became aware of the WMMA World Tour, she began speaking with them; soon, both parties realized an alliance would be a tremendous benefit.
“I am so excited by what they are doing,” Curzon said. “They are doing everything to promote safe, clean MMA fights. I was highly impressed with their plans to drugs test all fighters. That’s a huge thing to me — clean fighters — and they are doing their research thoroughly into fighters backgrounds to ensure fair match ups.”
Titaley said the company was, in turn, very impressed with Curzon — not only her credentials, but also her spirit.
“We are very interested in getting her on in a senior role in the organization … Danielle will definitely be a part of WMMA,” Titaley said. “She has a very strong character … I think she will be an established referee in a few years.”
Curzon left a comfortable life as a member of an aristocratic family and an international dressage rider to pursue her love of the martial arts. Once a kickboxer — with a second-degree black belt in freestyle kickboxing — and MMA fighter, Curzon continues to train several days a week.
Transitioning to refereeing in the UK two years ago, Curzon presided over fights for the British Cage Fighting Association in the UK, and KICK International in the United States. Curzon is also in the midst of starting an academy in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England, which will feature boxing for youths, Pilates, yoga, Zumba and dance.
Curzon said she looks forward to joining the WMMA World Tour, as she believes they have the correct mind-set to push the sport forward in the right direction.
“We have spoke about my experiences since being a referee both good and bad and thrashed out some ideas of what needs to be done to get wmma accepted by the mainstream,” she said,
“I’ve drawn on my amazing experience in the USA and their policies and procedures to look at putting them into place in WMMA, especially a database to record fight records and medical suspensions,” Curzon said. “The general public need to see regulation and easily-accessible safety policies so they can understand what happens, to lose the perception of it being thugs in a cage. I’m very much looking forward to helping in any way I can.”
In addition to the WMMA World Tour, Curzon is planning another trip to the United States. To help finance her trip, Curzon is offering sponsorship packages, where advertisers will be seen on both her polo shirt and the cage canvas during the event. To further discuss sponsorship opportunities, Curzon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org