I’ve been very fortunate to meet and work with key people in the Asian MMA scene. When I first traveled to Phuket, Thailand I was introduced to the FMD Crew who quickly became great friends and welcomed me into their world. Job offers spread quickly in this tight community and I’ve now worked with different groups Judging at events in Indonesia, China, Malaysia and Thailand.
Most Asian events use the Global Rule Set which requires judging the entire fight as a whole rather than round by round. In many ways I prefer this as I think it gives a more accurate result provided that the judging team understands the weighting of all elements in a fight. It requires more accurate note taking during a fight and rewards the fighters for damage more than cage control.