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Kane

Vandal

How did you get into MMA?

I began wrestling as an 8th grader, in 1993 the first UFC was aired, I have been hooked ever since.

What is your Martial Arts Background?

I currently train BJJ as a blue belt with Daniel Thomas at Zeus BJJ.
Wrestling background

Why do you officiate MMA?

I am very passionate about the sport, and hope to make it a lifestyle. Being an official allows me to be a part of something I love and have watched grow since it’s birth.

What is your career background?

My degree is in English/Secondary Education. Currently I am working in Monterey CA as a Produce Broker.

What do you do on your time off?

I like to train and currently train no gi jiu jitsu. Mostly I spend time with friends and go to as many events as possible.

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Mark

Smith

How did you get into MMA?

I have been a fan of MMA and unarmed combat sports for nearly 20 years and have translated that passion into officiating MMA, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. I am currently a professional and amateur MMA Judge and Referee and Professional Kickboxing and Muay Thai Judge!

What is your Martial Arts Background?

Throughout my time in the military and in my travels around the world, I have consistently, for 20+ years trained in some form of martial arts, to include: Muay Thai, Jui Jitsu, Tae Kwando, Judo and Boxing. I have also instructed in both Boxing and Muay Thai.

Why do you officiate MMA?

MMA has become a passion in my life! As one of the most amazing and fastest growing sports in the world, I am humbled and honored to play a small role in the sport as one of it’s’ officials.

What is your career background?

A career military man, I served in the United States Air Force for 20+ years flying fighter airplanes. I had the honor of serving as a White Fellow under President Bush in 2006 and as a United States Air Force Thunderbird in 2002. I am currently a commercial airline pilot and a Professional Mixed Martial Arts Judge and Referee.

What do you do on your time off?

I enjoy my days off, which are far and few in between. Ever trying to improve, I continuously strive for that next goal in life and fight to achieve it. Family time is a priority! I also spend a lot of time studying fight footage, the rules and regulations for our sport, trying to become one of the best officials in the world.

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George

Gallegos

How did you get into MMA?

With my training background in wrestling and boxing, I immediately took an interest in seeing how the various martial arts performed at UFC 1. Then as the sport began to grow I started training in Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing.

What is your Martial Arts Background?

At the age of 9, I began boxing with trainers from the Cleland House in East Los Angeles and continued to train at other boxing gyms in Los Angeles, such L.A. Boxing as an adult. I also wrestled in jr. high and continued to compete in high school.

Why do you officiate MMA?

I officiate to stay active, involved and participate in a sport I enjoy.

What is your career background?

I’m an attorney with offices in Los Angeles and Monterey Park

What do you do on your time off?

I like to watch MMA, workout, and watch live music.

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Greg

Kleynjans

How did you get into MMA?

After training in traditional martial arts for many years I got involved with some like minded guys who all shared techniques and trained in what we thought worked best in street situations,after seeing early UFC events i knew that was it we then focused more on sports combat.

What is your Martial Arts Background?

I have trained and taught in Wing chun,boxing,BJJ,Krav Maga,Muay Thai I currently teach at Brazilian top team & Street defence tactics I am also the boxing/grappling coach at AFL club Port Adelaide.

Why do you officiate MMA?

I was teaching a Krav Maga seminar in Singapore quite a few years ago and the first KOTC was on Herb was working and asked if I wanted to work with him he taught me a lot at that event and I have since completed his course and continue my MMA officiating I find its a great way to keep involved in a sport I am passionate about especially in Australia where its still in an infant stage and I feel with my experience I can be a benefit to its certain growth.

What is your career background?

I have always worked in hospitality and own a pub/live music venue and am co owner of an MMA gym.

What do you do on your time off?

Spend time with my partner & kids I see a lot of live music and am always training.

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