Countdown to BAMMA 13
Well, we are 5 weeks out now and with a couple more fights to be announced, I thought it might be worth me putting together a blog to discuss how big shows come together.
Obviously I can't put every single detail in here as some of the stuff going on is confidential, but as a general blog I'll write about what goes on at BAMMA Towers in the final few weeks before the event.
Today we announced 2 more fights, which on most domestic shows would be main card bouts, but due to the current calibre of BAMMA 13, they are currently at the top end of the prelims.
First off we have Scott Askham Vs. Jorge Luis Bezerra for a contender spot for the BAMMA MW World Title on a future event. Askham, one of the UKs best kept secrets in MMA is currently riding a 11-0 win streak having beaten former UK Champion and World title contender Jack Marshman. This should be a great fight and a possible contender for FOTN.
Next up is Jack Marshman Vs. Ion Pescu. As noted Marshman recently lost to Askham, but is stll a viable contender if he gets a win streak going. A very tough fighter who doesn't quit and also a full time Para in the British Army. Pescu is being hailed as Romania's current best MMA fighter, so again this should be fireworks as they both like to bang.
Unfortunately as we announced this via Twitter earlier, Bellator was also announcing the Alvarez return and Chandler fight on their PPV in Nov, which took some of the wind out of the sails a bit, but still two more solid fights to an already stacked card. If I didn't work for the company I would say that this is currently the best UK MMA card of the year... so far. But I do work for the company so I can't say that ;-)
So 5 weeks out, whats to get in place? Well we have local press to organise, confirm hotel bookings and gym/saunas and such like. We are also in the middle of cutting together a lot of the promo material. We also have the last few fights to announce which we are just finalizing. But as ever the main drive is for ticket sales. Currently the tickets are flying out, but this being the UK, MMA isn't as well known as it is elsewhere, it's probably still at grass roots level in regards to the general population knowing what it is. So we have a large job to do in advertising to people who may not have seen MMA before. but that is one of the challenges here in the UK.
Everything else is coming together and we have a team meeting booked so each dept. can go over their highlights and issues and see if anyone in the team can help. These are alwys good fun as getting the team together you look around the room and realise what a talented bunch of people we have in the room.
So, time for me to sign off now, for the moment, I'll be back when I have more I can report on and hopefully give you a tin bit of insight into what goes on as we get closer.