FOX have announced that they’ll be showcasing a new referee camera at ‘UFC On FOX 4’ on Saturday night, giving viewers a chance to see exactly what the match official sees during the fights.
The ‘Ref Cam’ isn’t a first in MMA circles – Showtime uses something similar on their Strikeforce broadcasts, but FOX are using the very latest technology here to bring something new to the UFC’s standard broadcasts.
Here’s the full press release from FOX.
“As a pioneer in production innovation, FOX Sports has used unique camera views like Catcher Cam, Diamond Cam and Gopher Cam to bring viewers closer to the excitement of the sports they love. Saturday night at the Staples Center in in Los Angeles is no different as the network brings UFC fans to a place they’ve never been – inside the Octagon, within inches of the fighters battling in the cage.
Ref Cam makes its broadcast and UFC debut Saturday, Aug. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET), from the Staples Center bringing fans a new perspective to the two-hour quadruple-header.
Similar in size to the latest evolution of Diamond Cam, Ref Cam is a small, lightweight, wireless high definition, radio frequency transmission camera showing the point of view of the only other person inside the Octagon with the fighters. During Saturday’s broadcast, the lens will be placed at the top button of the referee’s shirt. The power-source, a long-life lithium ion battery and the transmitter are worn as a light chest vest under the referee’s shirt. Developed by Inertia Unlimited, it was first used earlier this summer during HBO’s broadcast of Amir Kahn vs. Danny Garcia fight and received very positive reviews from production and viewers.”