I believe in my dream to make an impact in the MMA industry. This business is crazy sometimes. There are a lot of people that are involved in MMA for ALL of the wrong reasons, and I pride myself on NOT being one of those people. I have developed life long friendships with so many awesome people in this sport, and have developed great business relationships with many people at the same time! I am helping fighters reach their dreams by giving them an opportunity to fight on a very big platform in the Midwest. It sounds corny, but all of us that are involved wether it be staff or fighters, are working together to achieve our dreams and goals.
What started this dream?
I started like most people that are now involved with mma, as a fan. A fan of old school fighters like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, etc. Watching those guys on TV is what got my hooked on the sport. The organization I work for now, KnockOut Promotions, originally started hosting events in a venue called Proball. Proball was a baseball and softball facility that was owned by my parents at the time, and my involvement with KnockOut Promotions was very little. I was the parking lot attendant at the shows. I didn't always get to watch all the fights, but I loved even being a small part of the process. Over time I just started getting more and more involved, getting more familiar with the fighters and how the business worked until I was obsessed with it. I loved everything about it. The marketing, the promoting, I LOVE getting people hyped up to see some amazing fights. It's my passion. The original owners of KnockOut Promotions decided to split up, and When the opportunity presented itself for me to become the President and Matchmaker, I never looked back, and I've been doing this job ever since!
What motivates you to follow this dream?
My motivation comes from a few different things. Like I said before, I want to make an impact on the sport. I have a lot to offer and I truly try and do things the right way. I have a great relationship with every fighter and manager that we do business with, and the reason for that is because I am straight up with everybody. I am a nice guy, I love to joke around and have a good time with everybody, but when it's time for business.. it's all business and I become a very straight up person. This method of business has helped me gain the trust of the fighters and managers, and it's a method that I will continue to use.
What are your goals?
My goals are to help run a successful MMA promotion, to provide a platform that each fighter can use to reach THEIR dreams. To always be respected and to continue to conduct business the way we have since day 1. Eventually I would love to make enough money to make this my full time job. Anybody that is involved with the business side of MMA knows that this business controls your life. The countless hours you have to dedicate towards this is unreal, but it also doesn't always pay the bills, so I work a full time job on top of this. I truly believe that one day this sacrifice will all be worth it!
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter. Just search Matt Frendo and you'll see me profiles! You can find the promotions Facebook account at www.facebook.com/KOPROMO you can find our Instagram by simply searching for KnockOut Promotions on Instagram also (@kopromotions).
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