Iowa Challenge Reaches 100 Shows, Promoter Chad Bergmeier Comments
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.29.2014
The 100th show is today...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Iowa Challenge promoter Chad Bergmeier commented on his company reaching 100 shows. The latest happens today at the 5 Sullivan Brothers Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and features a main event between heavyweight fighters Travis Fulton and Steve Pilkington.
On never being as big as the UFC: "I had no intentions on leaving the state. I never wanted to be the UFC. It was just basically a way to give guys a place to fight, and it was more of a hobby for me."
On the MMA slump of recent years: "It was good in 2005 through 2007, in 2009. Then it went downhill. But it sure seems like the first part of 2014, the numbers have been up again compared to where they were this time last year."
On the main event of Iowa Challenge 1 in 2001: "I had Travis fighting a guy named Jimmy Westfall, who was going to make the trip from New Mexico. I always thought you had to bring all these guys in from all over the place. It wasn't just about local fighters. It was, the further you could get a guy, the better that looked. Westfall didn't show up for the main event. We ended up getting Faircloth from Strasser's camp, and Faircloth went on to fight Fulton and fight in the UFC, as well."