I’m getting a day job.
It’s been 6 years since I started the MMA Big Show. Prior to that I owned Opulent Records. I’ve developed nationally touring bands and put them on live national television. I’ve developed MMA fighters from Amateur to the UFC. I’ve broadcasted live nationally on DirectTV, produced television series and have promoted over 80 Pro/Am MMA events regionally. Anytime anyone has decided to be a fight promoter in this region, the MMA Big Show has been the targeted promotion to take out. Because competing with the MMA Big Show on any real level is impossible. But when you have 5 promotions just doing small shows eating up fragments of the market, the collective efforts though not in collaboration, still cut the pie into too many pieces. It’s time to change course.
The fact is, everyone and their brother wants to be a fight promoter now and in the Cincinnati Market, a market already on the low scale when it comes to MMA event goers, the market is such now that it’s simply not enough to raise a family. The only way to achieve everything I’ve set out to do is by either establishing a lucrative television deal or establish 7 figures in capital and after many of the ups and downs over the years when I’ve thought I had finally achieved one or the other of those goals, something has always happened.
I’m getting married in May and have 2 daughters. My amazing fiance has a son of her own and together, we make a family of 5. The ups and downs of self employment is simply too unstable when raising a family, especially in this economy. It’s simply time to begin working towards making someone else wealthy who has more contacts and funding than I do, and hope they share in the end.
If anyone out there reading this has an opportunity for me, let me know. I’m looking. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
My problem is, I’ve done so many things and played so many roles over the past decade, in looking at Monster.com and the like, I have no idea what “job title” to look into. How do you categorize someone like me? I’m someone that makes things happen.
Now, for those of you loyal fight fans, I’m not leaving MMA. I’m going to promote an event every other month and focus on continuing to get sponsorships for the shows, television etc. It’s just not going to be my primary focus right now. I hope it ends up like when you are trying to remember something, and when you stop trying, it pops in your head…? Hopefully, if I stop trying so hard for the things I need to take the MMA Big Show to the next level, something will happen to take it there.
One thing nobody can ever say with any truth or conviction is that I dont put on the best damn MMA events in the region and everyone MMA Big Show fan knows “Nobody Does It Better.”