A few months ago maybe, I posted on a few threads about the state of MMA in Michigan. I stated that I would be going to the Michigan Boxing Commission meeting that was held this month. Well, I followed through on this last week and wanted to share my experience.
I have my notes at my office and not with me, but it was a positive experience.
I wanted to create this thread to just let everyone know that I did follow through and went to the meeting as planned and will give you the details most likely tomorrow.
Quick items of interest:
I was the only person there that didn't have "business" with the Commission.
When I signed the sheet for the people who were in the meeting, I noticed two names that had "UFC" written next to their names. Later, I found that they were lobbyists hired by the UFC to work with this commission and also a state lawmaker to hopefully enter into legislation the sanctioning of MMA.
I was given a chance to speak which they didn't have to do. The man chairing the meeting was informed that he could choose to hear "others" if he so allowed and he did. (Good guy by the way!) I spoke for what felt like a long time, but maybe was at most 10 minutes.
Boxer Chris Byrd's dad, Joe Byrd was added to the Boxing Commission and he was an extremely kind man.
After the meeting I was asked by the two lobbyists who work on behalf of the UFC to work with them and possibly assist them.
The lobbyists are in close contact with Mark Ratner of the UFC.
More tomorrow and I will give you more details as to what their stance seemed to be, their stance against the amateur shows going on here in Michigan currently, the roadblocks that could be ahead, and also good news.
Thanks to all.