Alexius  Phoenix Has been training in MMA and teaching it for 9 years, also trained in many systems but currently hold a Black Belt in Judo, a Black Belt in Sambo, a Black Belt in Danzan Ryu JuJitsu & Blue Belt in Brazilin Jui-Jitsu. Also trained in Tae-Kwon-Do, Karate, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Boxing, Yoga, JKD, Kali/Escrima & Submission Catch Wrestling.  Served as a volunteer and a Board member to Community Board 4 on the Economic Development Committee. Also an MBL & ABC certified as a MMA/Kickboxing Inspector, Judge & date and since Feb 2013, has worked on 30 fight shows


Joel Bekker

New York State

 Senior Official  J&Rs

Laszlo Huve has worked as an official/ judge / referee for the USMTA since 2014 and for the WKA since 2013. Laszlo is the head coach and founder of Camp Undefeated. Founding member of the Romanian Martial Arts Federation in Romania.  He has over 30 years of martial arts experience as a coach and instructor in several fight disciplines. Laszlo competed as a fighter in Europe in San Da, Boxing and Full Contact Karate and in the U.S. in Kickboxing where he was the 185 lbs Midwest Champion 1992, and in Tae Kwon Do, where he was the Missouri 1992 Show Me State Champion in fighting( Light Heavy Weight)  He also worked as a coach or certified instructor in several fight disciplines like: Muay Thai, Kickboxing, San Da, Shotokan Karate (first degree black belt), Tae Kwon Do (1st degree black belt ITF, 2nd degree black belt WTF), Shaolin Kung Fu (35th generation Shaolin disciple ), and Tai Chi. He holds current MMA and Muay Thai judging/referee certification from WKA, USMTA, ABC, and boxing referee certification from ABC.


Miguel Berberena has been involved in martial arts for most of his adult life.  He has trained in Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Boxing.  He currently holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and splits his training between Muay Thai and BJJ.   He is ABC certified as a judge and referee.  He became a member of the USMTA in 2016 and is currently a registered official with the association.




A professional referee (“referee”) is a person who, through knowledge, experience and training in the fields of boxing, MMA and/or kick boxing (“unarmed combat”) enforces the rules of unarmed combat. A referee gives the instructions to both fighters before the bout, determines when to stop or start a contest, determines when a foul is intentional or accidental, determines whether to warn an offending fighter or deduct a point, and determines when and if an unarmed combatant can continue the bout. A referee is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the members of the Association (“USMTA”) as a licensee.


1. A referee licensed through the USMTA must exercise professionalism at all times.

2. A referee’s duties include the responsibility to referee professional unarmed combat contests in Nevada or in other jurisdictions as a representative of the USMTA.

3. The referee is responsible to use his or her experience, training and knowledge of the rules of unarmed combat to effectively protect the health and safety of the unarmed combatants.

4. A referee is bound by and must follow the USMTA Ring Officials Code of Ethics and Conduct.

5. A referee is required to communicate effectively on all levels and maintain effective relationships with USMTA as well as all other officials. The referee reports directly to the Executive Director and/or the USMTA and must be prepared to discuss the outcome of any contest they referee.

6. A referee must attend required training sessions and must be able to exhibit knowledge and the ability to execute the required techniques for refereeing unarmed combat, while adhering to the governing statutes and regulations for unarmed combat. A referee may be expected to perform additional job related duties and may be required to have or develop additional specific job related knowledge and skills.


An applicant must pass a background check.

An applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

An applicant must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime of moral turpitude.

An ideal candidate:

a. for a boxing referee license is familiar with the American Boxing Commission (ABC) criteria, has attended a minimum of two professional boxing seminars, and is a registered USA Boxing Referee and/or is currently licensed with their state’s boxing commission and working regularly as a Professional Boxing Referee. The candidate should be able to show verifiable attendance to two professional boxing seminars, and as relates to amateurs, verifiable evidence that they have been working actively over the past year. Additionally, amateurs should be minimally a level three or AIBA official.

b. for a MMA referee’s license is a registered ISKA, KICK, UMMAF or ISCF MMA Referee and/or is currently licensed with their state’s athletic commission and working regularly as a Professional MMA Referee.

c. for a Kick Boxing referee’s license is a registered ISKA, KICK, UMMAF, MTIA, or USMTA Referee and/or is currently licensed with their state’s athletic commission and working regularly as a Professional Kick Boxing Referee.


An applicant must pass an annual eye exam conducted by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist.

An applicant must pass an annual physical examination.

An applicant must have the ability to quickly and critically analyze unarmed combat and be prepared to step in and stop a bout in order to protect the safety and health of the unarmed combatants while interpreting and applying the applicable rules for the event and adhering to the NRS 467 and NAC 467.

An applicant must have the ability to concentrate and focus on the bout without being distracted by the surroundings.

An applicant is required to arrive one (1) hour prior to the event, stay until the event is completed, and attend a debriefing meeting held at the conclusion of every event.

An applicant cannot have any direct affiliation with any unarmed combatant, manager, matchmaker, promoter or television network.

An applicant is under a continuing duty to maintain suitability to be licensed as a referee and must update the Commission of any changes to personal information including arrests, charges or indictments. Failure to report any arrest, detainment, charge, indictment, or conviction that has not been expunged or sealed by a court, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is cause for denial of licensure, revocation of the license or disciplinary action against the applicant.

The Commission and the Executive Director reserve the right to add additional criteria as the need arises.


A referee is not paid a salary or provided any benefits.

A referee is compensated at the conclusion of each event. The range of compensation varies depending on the particular contest.

There is no guaranty of a certain number of assignments or a specific amount of compensation in each fiscal year. Assignments to specific contests are at the discretion of the Executive Director and USMTA and are based on experience, recent performance, reliability, professionalism, and difficulty of assignment.


1. The position is open to all qualified applicants.

2. The position requires annual licensing.

3. Candidates will be selected through an interview process based on the following criteria: prior experience, successfully passing a Professional Referee Examination specific to their license type, and successfully refereeing one or more sparring sessions with a Senior Referee.

4. Once selected, the candidate must participate in a mentoring program with a USMTA Senior Referee for six (6) months to one (1) year based on performance and prior experience.

5. Please submit a resume and 3 letters of reference by mail, fax or email to:


USMTA Inc. All rights reserved. Revised: September 23, 2016