Like2Fight have asked me to give you a little insight to the life of an MMA promoter
so here goes…
For the past week I have been really busy with my NFC (National Fighting
Championship) event that is to be held in Wakefield on the 18th August, sorting out
match ups and marketing for the show.
As a fighter I never really knew how much time and hard work went into promoting an
MMA show. I really do have a new found respect for what goes on behind he scenes
of an event.
There are lots of things you have to think about putting on a show, too many to even
list but one of the biggest things I’ve found I’ve had to deal with is trying to stick
to a budget, as there is always something that you didn’t think of in the first
phase of planning but I guess that’s what makes promoting interesting.
There are alot of fantastic shows in the UK right now like Combat Challenge based in
Bradford, the AoN tournament style show headed by good friends at Yorkshire’s
biggest MMA gym Leeds cage and the always exciting events under the UCC brand.
I have fought/worked and coach my own fighters on events such as these and i hope
the NFC will one day be held in the same light as these shows.
I have managed to get alot of help along the way in the from of a great ref in Neil
Hall (www.MMAofficals.co.uk) who always does a great job and will be fantastic
during the show, he as well as several good friends in the MMA industry are giving
me their advice and input which I always welcome.
Also getting the backing of a great fightwear store called Dynamic Fightwear
(www.Dynamicfightwear.co.uk) so I was really pleased with that.
There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day but the hard work will pay off for
a great set of fights for MMA fans to see and remember.
The fight card I’m putting together will be eight fights in total all under the NSAC
rule set which I think 90% of all shows are now working to and rightly so in my
opinion, at first I didn’t know if eight fights would be enough but after talking to other
people on the scene and getting their view I think that amount of fights is good
enough as long as the fights are of a good standard and I’m very confident they will
On a personal note I have agreed to have a submission grappling match on Rachel
Passfield’s Braveheart MMA event in Aldershot on 24/6/2012 in aid of The British
Heart Foundation, I will be taking on a very good grappler called Jay Butler which
I’m really looking forward to.
I broke my thumb and wrist sparring over 8 weeks ago getting ready for an MMA fight
so this will be a good test for me to see how my injury has healed and also gives me
a much needed goal for my own training.
The show is all set to be a sell out and with good reason as some of the best combat
talent from around the UK are giving up their time and bodies to help this very
Anyone wanting to support Braveheart MMA can contact the ticket hotline 07908182228.