Mike Constantino Has High Hopes For Cage Fury Fighting Championships
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.20.2014
He wants it to be the top regional promotion in the country...
Mike Constantino recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his work as president of Cage Fury Fighting Championships. Check out the highlights:
On his previous promoting experience: "I've only promoted one show, which was back in 2011. I did a co-promotion here in northern New Jersey and it was a sell-out, unbelievable crowd and an unbelievable card. I wanted to get back in the business, so rather than start from the bottom and build up, I went with a company that's in New Jersey called Cage Fury Fighting Championships."
On why he went with Cage Fury: "They were basically the best promotion. They get the best venues, have the best fighters and all that. So I went to them and they brokered a deal to hire me and come on board and be the president. Rather than starting from the ground up, I had a great opportunity to get involved with a top-tier promotion. So from that point I had a vision and I had some goals of what I wanted to do."
On Cage Fury's goal: "The No.1 goal is we want to be recognized as the No. 1 regional promotion in America. We want to be known that if you come through Cage Fury, you're going to be treated right, you're going to get a first-class experience, you're going to get great competition and make you battle-ready for the future. That's basically the overall synopsis."
On his fighters potentially going to the big leagues: "Me being a manager and a trainer, I don't have any visions of grandeur that we can compete with the UFC. I realize all the top fighters want to get to the UFC, so what I want to do is provide a platform for them to get to the next level. When the time comes that they're ready to go, we release them to the UFC no questions asked. Even over the last three months we've had three of our current champions who we released to the UFC."
On his work with the promotion: "Since I've come on board I'm basically trying to establish more fighters, get new sponsorship and all that. Now we have over 50 fighters under contract. We're building ourselves to be a powerhouse here not just in New Jersey, but regionally all across America. We want to acquire sponsorship, get fighters under contract and secure new venues and TV deals. We're currently on Comcast Sports Net and we just signed a deal with SN-Live. So starting Saturday night our shows will run in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area, which is a huge area. The one thing is we're not live yet, we're tape delayed. Eventually we want a live national TV deal just like Bellator has Spike TV, UFC has FOX and World Series of Fighting has NBC Sports. That's our next step, we want to take it to the next level as a regional promotion."
On other regional promotions: "I looked nation-wide at regional promotions and a lot of these promotions are fly-by-night. Essentially I've been involved in fights for the last how ever many years all around the world from UFC to Bellator, World Series of Fighting. Any promotion you can think of in every country. They come and go, they live and die. Cage Fury is a legitimate promotion. I had a vision of how I wanted it to be. So I wanted the fighters to have the experience that they're treated just the like the UFC, which is the benchmark for all things fighting. So everything from fighter arrivals to venues to pay – I just wanted to provide the best experience."