Mike Constantino Named Cage Fury Fighting Championships President
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.14.2014
MMA Junkie reports that New Jersey MMA coach and head of AMA Fight club Mike Constantino is now the president of Cage Fury Fighting Championships. The promotion is based in New Jersey and has been in business since 2006.
CFFC co-owner Rob Haydak Jr, who is also the New Jersey 2012 Promoter of the Year, had been acting as president. Both men are members of the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Constantino's AMA Fight Club students include Jim Miler, Dan Miller, Charlie Brenneman and Rafaello Oliveira. It's a total of 17 UFC fighters with 12 currently under contract.
Constantino said: "My objective is not to have CFFC compete with the UFC, but instead provide a platform for our fighters to have an opportunity to fight at the top regional show and get a taste of how things are run as professional and classy as the UFC. CFFC was already the best run and most professional organization on the regional level. I look forward to taking the next step. One of my first major moves is to bring professional MMA to Northern New Jersey, and we are locked in for three shows this year at the Mennen Arena in Morristown, beginning April 19."
Haydak, who will now have more time behind-the-scenes, added: "The accomplishments this organization has made over the past three years have been awesome. Our staff is amazing and the addition of Mike is going to continue us on the path of being considered the best regional MMA promotion in America. I have a vision for this company and I'm more confident than ever in the CFFC brand. Mike is a seasoned businessman and very well respected in the MMA community. Having him as our president will give me the opportunity to focus on the core areas which are essential for growth and financial stability. I plan on working harder than ever as the CEO."
CFFC's 31st event was in New Jersey. CFFC 32 is scheduled for February 22 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, along with events in Atlantic City (April 26, August 9 and November 22). The first sixteen events happened in New Jersey along with other shows in Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Veterans of CFFC include Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, John Howard, Brenneman, both Miller brothers, Aljamain Sterling and George Sullivan. CFFC also helped Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson get into MMA.