Re: Optional Headgear Rule
Reading through all of the posts on this thread, I keep seeing the same concern..... falsifying records. This concerns me also, mainly because I would like to think trainers are not lying for their fighters and/or fighters are not lying to get fights or to look good. I think what the IKF needs to do is to make the IKF Promoters and Reps more accountable of their positions. I realize the line up changes the last week, even the last day, however, what if the fight line ups are submitted ahead of time and the fighters that are questionable, are researched. What about imposing a fine if a record is discovered to be falsified? (Is this already in place?). We have been on the other end of a false record. We had a fighter fight a guy that was "0-0" (in kickboxing), only to find out he had almost a dozen MMA fights....... ALL fights should count! Whether MMA, Smokers, or anything else. It is still ring time. Why shouldn't an exhibition count? I am asking, not stating.. Why don't they count? some of the exhibitions I have seen are still pretty intense.
If the fighters, trainers, and promoters are held more accountable for reporting an incorrect record, there should be consequences. If a trainer is at an event and they see someone fighting that is listed as 0-0 and they have seen them fight MMA, report it. If they are at an event where they see a newer fighter that is listed as 15-0, and they are fairly confident they haven't fought that much or have seen them lose a fight, then report it. I'm not saying everyone become "tattle tails" but Steve is only one person. If everyone truly wants to get promoters and fighter's records cleaned up so we have fairer fights, we need a "Hotline" in which to submit concerns to be investigated. If errors are found (within reason), then whoever falsified the records should be put on suspension, fined, or something. If there are no consequences, this stuff will just continue.
I think what will happen is the "shaddy" trainers and promoters will find sanctioning bodies that will accomodate their needs, and other promoters that have been staying away from the IKF for those reasons will come back. Everyone enjoys doing business with companies that are honest and thorough. The IKF will become even an even stronger name in kickboxing.
Is having a "hotline" agreeable or disagreeable with others? Do you think it would help or hinder?