CCF Boss Weighs in on Unified vs DREAM Rule Debate
Pasqualino Santoro has stirred up quite the debate in North American MMA when he got his February 27th show sanctioned to use DREAM rules by Pat Reid of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission.
Many fans and fighters are loving the new rules which include knees to the head of a fallen opponent, the ability to wear a gi or wrestling shoes, and scoring the fight on a whole rather than a 10 point must system. Critics, however, feel that proper process was not used to sanction the new rules and believe that a serious injury on this card could seriously threaten MMA in Canada.
Top MMA News has been on top of this story from the announcement by the CCF of the new rules right up to last week’s post on the Association of Boxing Commission’s urging Edmonton to abandon DREAM rules. Top MMA News feels its only fair to give Pasqualino Santoro his chance to comment on the debate.
Here are Mr. Santoro’s thoughts on the matter:
Top MMA News – How did the DREAM rules get sanctioned in Edmonton?
Pasqualino Santoro – The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission followed the steps they deemed suitable to implement the rule set.
Top MMA News – Why are you so passionate about DREAM rules?
Pasqualino Santoro – I am not passionate about DREAM rules per say more so the opportunity for our athletes to gain experience in a format of combat used world wide.
Top MMA News – Why do you want DREAM rules used for CCF? What is wrong with the Unified Rules?
Pasqualino Santoro – Everyone has a different view as to what is good and bad with the Unified & DREAM rules. I doubt everyone will ever be pleased but I can say both have produced some great fights and have been proven effectively safe for the athletes.
Top MMA News – Has your personal desire to use the DREAM rules been worth the hassle you have been getting?
Pasqualino Santoro- I am keeping my head in the game and getting the necessary tasks done before the event – not responding to the “so-called” online uproar created by a few people with too much time on their hands. Let’s keep the fear mongering to a minimum, guys. These rules have been in place safely for quite some time world wide. I am not a revolutionary making some radical changes as my detractors like to paint me, but instead a man with an event making use of his right to implement rules used world wide.
Top MMA News – 26 out of 27 CCF fights in past shows have not gone to decision. Will using DREAM rules impact the fights that much?
Pasqualino Santoro-I am not really in a position to predict what the outcome of fights will be since I can not see into the future. However, with the high level of skill many of the athletes have coming to to CCF, if I were to guess I would probably say “yes there is a chance we will see a greater number of decisions in the future.”
Top MMA News – Do you feel fighters are at a greater risk under DREAM rules than Unified rules?
Pasqualino Santoro – NO, I don’t. Safety is my number one concern! Were these rules a danger to the athletes, I would not have made the shift towards them. PRIDE, Art of War, DREAM, Sengoku and even Superbrawl in Hawaii have in the past used rules very similar to what the CCF will have in place for many years with a great track record of safety.
Top MMA News – Do you expect any fighter to come out in a GI or wrestling shoes?
Pasqualino Santoro – Again I can not say what another man would do.
Top MMA News – How will judges and refs and other officials like time keepers be prepared to officiate under a separate set of rules?
Pasqualino Santoro – The judges and officials/ time keepers are not idiots. They are professionals in combat sports so a few modifications will not leave them on another planet task wise. I have full confidence in their abilities
Top MMA News – I have heard rumors that the two fighters in each fight can choose if they want Unified rules or DREAM rules? Is this true?
Pasqualino Santoro – that is not true
Top MMA News – Will CCF 6 be going back to Unified Rules?
Pasqualino Santoro – Let’s see how this one turns out, but I highly doubt it
Top MMA News – What are fighters telling you about the rule changes? Who is supporting you?
The people have spoken. Look online at the response that Keith Kizer’s post on the mma.tv forum tells the story. The post pretty much said that the Edmonton show should fall in line with the ABC stance on the use of the international rules and looked to cast our changes in a negative light. Much to their surprise, the people “ie real people – not local promoters and so called MMA media” support the DREAM rule change by far more than 90 percent for a variety of reasons.
Top MMA News – In your opinion, what do you think of the ABC? If Edmonton want to be a member of the ABC, should they follow the ABC’s rules? Should Edmonton leave the commission if they want to have different rules?
Pasqualino Santoro – My opinion on the ABC really does little to better the position and operation of my event and the opportunity it creates for our athletes travelling overseas so I have not put much thought to that.
Top MMA News – Enough of rules, who are the fighters that fans should look out for?
Pasqualino Santoro – We are going on a major signing spree and not always exclusive contracts either. Not everyone is looking towards the UFC so CCF will naturally be a top stop for fighters looking to be reviewed fighting in DREAM’s rules before potentially being signed to fight there. As always, we are open to local talent but we also will contine to bring in the best we can.
Top MMA News – Which fight is Mr. Santoro most excited for?
Pasqualino Santoro – I will be most excited to host a good show and put my detractors’ worries to rest.
Top MMA News – Is Claude Patrick going to be on your show?
Pasqualino Santoro – Claude patrick (www.elitecenter.tv) is what I would have to call unsigned hype. I have spoken with him about potentially competing in our show but he is scheduled for an event in early February so very unlikely he will be on this card. That being said, it is exactly a guy like that who puts on a show in and out of the ring that we are looking to highlight in our shows.
Top MMA News – How did your promotion get involved with Wanderlei Silva?
Pasqualino Santoro – I can not tell you guys all my secrets. Let’s just say Mr Santoro is just getting started. hahhaha That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Top MMA News – Where can people get tickets?
Pasqualino Santoro – They can get them at TNT Tickets 780-426-SOLD or 1-88-TICKET-99.
Top MMA News – How is the new venue construction going? Can you let us know where the venue is?
Pasqualino Santoro – We are going at a steady pace. It will be done in time