Marc Goddard, one of the most experienced MMA referees in the world and the first UK referee ever to work for the UFC, is also an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner… Who is now a 2nd degree BJJ black belt!
He was promoted by his coach, Braulio Estima:
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It’s reported that Goddard has been training since the early 2000’s. A lot of people praise him for his skills and work ethic, including some of the Reddit users:
First on the mats, last one off. When I travel and get to train he’s always there and rolling with everyone. And I concur, he’s an absolute nightmare!
One of them also stressed the fact that Goddard travels a lot and trains with a lot of different people:
This has been brought up before – but I believe he started BJJ in the early 2000s.
As is often the case with these figures, they don’t really have a home gym and train anywhere they can, before settling back down where they started.
What you then see is a string of what look like quick promotions, but it’s more a case of the instructor catching them up to where they should be.
I expect he’ll be sh*t hot because he’s traveled the world and likely trained with a ton of people we aren’t even aware of.