London-born Brad 'One Punch' Pickett has announced that he has started his own MMA promotion called Rise Of Champions.
The promotion will be based in England and will give up-and-coming fighters a platform to showcase their skills. The first event will take place in Romford, London on October 27.
This will offer UK and Ireland based fighters an excellent opportunity to compete in an event designed to recreate the professionalism of the UFC.
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There has been a huge void left by the absence of Cage Warriors in the last year or so. Cage Warriors went from having 14 big shows a year to having no show.
BAMMA and a few other promotions have been carrying the flag for MMA in the UK and are doing an exceptional job, but there are so many talented young fighters another big promotion is needed.
Pickett is not looking to become a new UFC or compete with the UFC on any level. He is building a promotion to help shape the stars of the future. The UFC stars of the future. Hence the name Rise of Champions. Pickett appeared on the MMA Hour, according to MMAFighting.com, with Ariel Helwani and of the show he said
"For me, I want them to grow on my show and then go on to the big shows".
It's an exciting time for young amateur fighters looking for a starting point in MMA. We look forward to seeing what the show has to offer. Pickett, at 36 is looking to life after fighting. Perhaps One Punch is going to be the next Dana White.