The Bally’s Casino and Hotel technologisizes boxing and MMA with Ross solutions

The new owner of Bally’s Casino and Hotel, Soo Kim, wanted to renew the classical “Fight Night”. He imagined how would be MMA and boxing as a videogame but in real life. Then, Soo Kim challenged Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to reimagine combat sports through technology.

As a result of this idea, fighters used wearable sensors from StrikeTec around their wrists that measured the velocity and position of hits, as well as the force of punches. Each fighter started their match with a power bar of 100 and the punches landed were scored on their force and accuracy by a combination of the wearables technology and two data scientists, with each hit reducing the amount of power left on their power bar.

Rocket Surgery, Ross Video’s creative and professional services division, created the production’s scoring system and data server workflow using DashBoard from Ross, the power bar graphic using XPression, the augmented reality graphics using the Voyager graphic rendering solution, as well as creating a full insert and fighter stats package and graphics for the LED display wall in-venue.

“This was a remarkable event comprising five professional MMA and four professional boxing contests,” notes Mitch Rubenstein, Ross Production Services’ President and Executive Producer. “The objective data collected by the wearable sensors and its effect on the power bar graphic added a new dimension to both sports and really helped to increase transparency”, has said Mitch Rubenstein, Ross Production Services’ President and Executive Producer.

This wearable tech could become the norm for both sports in future because the added gamification element was well received by audiences in the venue and online.

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