Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson Boasts His Promotion’s Mantra and Philosophy
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.13.2014
Titan FC 28 airs on the CBS Sports Network on Friday…
Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson recently discussed the promotion's upcoming event, Titan FC 28, which will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network on Friday, May 16. Below are some highlights:
Aronson on Titan FC not being a feeder league: "It's not a UFC feeder league – it's a fighter appreciation league. I want to do great by the fighters. You talk about guys that train five, six days a week and train two times a day for two hours. Incredible workouts. But then when it's time to get in the cage, they can't get good fights. At Titan, there are no gimme fights."
Aronson on fighters being able to prove they are UFC caliber in Titan FC: "These guys are going to go in and get battle tested. If you're doing all this work to prove yourself and see how good you are, why would you not want to fight the best in the world? Why would you not want to get battle tested and prove you're UFC caliber? Just because I'm not in the UFC doesn't mean I'm not a UFC-level guy. Just look at Anthony Johnson. There are situations with timing and divisions that are clustered up. Titan is turning into the de facto place for these guys to come and get some fights, go back to the UFC and wreak havoc."
Aronson on the Zuffa clause in fighter contracts: "The Zuffa out is something I did not because I felt I needed too or had too, but because I wanted too. Coming from a management perspective, there are some promotions you sign with and it's like you're stuck there forever. I want fighters to have the ability to step up and be able to go to UFC."
Aronson on Titan FC's mantra: "I came up with the mantra of ‘fans and fighters first.' Part of that was giving the fighters bonuses for every finish, giving them the Zuffa out, and just really creating a professional atmosphere and testing them so they're ready under the big lights. When they go out into the octagon for the first time – the UFC jitters are a real thing and part of that is not knowing if you've fully been battle tested. That's what we do. They get the chance to prove themselves, and the cream will rise to the top."
Aronson on his belief that Titan FC could be the No. 2 and No. 3 promotion: "I'm a neurotic owner, and I'm on top of every single fight on the card. We're continually getting better at what we do. I think in not such a short time Titan will be running for the No. 2 and No. 3 promotion in the country. It starts with the heart. Every day it gets closer, your heart starts pounding a little more. You're watching the fruits of your labor come to fruition, and then until the day of the event, you don't really know what's going to happen. You've done all the right things, you have the right things in place, but everything still needs to play out the right way."