布拉德“One Punch”皮克特（Pickett）是任何MMA球迷的熟悉名字’从运动开始就一直关注这项运动。首批在战场上出名的英国战士之一 U.S. through hard-fought wars 和 always entertaining fights. 布拉德competed 14 times 在 the UFC, collected 4 fight of the night bonuses 和 1 knockout of the night bonus, cementing himself 在 the UK MMA hall of fame.
Before stepping away from the sport last March, after a long tenure at the highest level, 布拉德had considered his options about what he would do next. Similarly to the way, 布拉德carved out his own career long before being a professional MMA fighter was a profession he looked at how he could carve a lasting mark on the next generation coming through. After training 在 the U.S. for many years, as well as training with high-level coaches from around world, 布拉德setup Team Titan MMA Gym 在 London as his first step to passing on that knowledge with longtime coach Mickey Papas. The next step was giving those fighters at the gym 和 around the UK a place to showcase the skills they had honed 在 an environment that was not only entertaining for the crowd but encouraged young athletes to follow MMA as a legitimate career path. 布拉德and Mickey setup Rise of Champions back 在 2015 with their 在augural show Rise of Champions 1 to fulfil this next step. I sat down with 布拉德to discuss life after fighting, the UK MMA scene 和 Rise of Champions.
Rise of Champions most recent event, Rise of Champions 5, took place on the 17th of February at Brentwood Leisure Centre. 布拉德outlined that deeming an event success for the RoC team is that they put on great fights, with that the crowds will come as shown 通过 the ever-increasing attendance. The whole point of Rise of Champions 在ception was to give fighters of all levels a show 在 which they could test their abilities 在 a constructive environment. 布拉德says “我们在体育馆里有很多斗士，我们需要保持忙碌。一世’我去过很多表演，看过各种规模的表演。从人群的侧面看，有些人从外面看确实很不错的表演。尽管我们想确保表演背后，’不仅为球迷带来娱乐，而且为战士们带来积极的体验”. When dealing with young 和 aspiring athletes 布拉德really understands the importance of giving MMA a future 在 the UK 通过 showing these fighters the right side of competitive combat sports. There’冠军崛起已经吸引了一些正在崛起的人才，例如Mike Ekundayo，这个名字值得记住。 Ekundayo是不败的最轻量级职业球员，他的战绩为5-0，年仅24岁，他的职业生涯充满希望。喜欢与布拉德一起工作的战士的完美典范’的晋升员，他在冠军1的业余比赛中首次亮相，在冠军3的职业比赛中首次亮相。
成为MMA组织的所有者时，除了作为其附带的所有者之外，还有许多其他角色，尤其是当您’re starting out. This has led 布拉德to become the show’是他的媒人，从一年前决定要打架的那一刻起，他的圈子就转了整整一周，“I’我已经走了，我相信我知道打架是什么”. I don’t think anyone can doubt his credentials when it comes to matchmaking especially within the UK MMA scene. 布拉德explains the importance of working with good gyms when putting a fight card together “拥有这样的知识和信念，因为他们的体育馆，他们会知道战斗机的水平’re from 难以置信的帮助。我与很多好的体育馆打交道，并且与很多教练有着良好的关系。我做得越多，工作就越容易，每次我都会感到更多的联系。当您与高级体育馆打交道时，保持这种联系会有所帮助’没有经过适当培训的人很少会退出。与独立战斗机打交道始终是一种风险，因为您永远不知道他们是否’曾经接受过培训，或者’战斗日不得不听到一个奇怪的借口”, 布拉德goes onto say “一旦建立了更好的品牌，教练就会接近您，并希望将他们的战士们带入您的表演。以前我不得不联系所有人，现在他们来找我”.
布拉德hasn’一直想升职，但是当他即将结束职业生涯时，他很快意识到自己将需要新的挑战。他的动机很明确，“I’我不是为了钱而这样做，我不’从中赚不到一分钱，任何利润都被放回演出”. When 布拉德first made a name for himself there was only two options fight for Cage Rage or 笼勇士, now the UK MMA scene has exploded but with that comes 在experienced opportunists who put on “bad 和 dodgy”节目。冠军的崛起代表布拉德，他没有’不能将自己与其他任何人进行比较’觉得演出没有其他人竞争，他’s just doing his own thing. On the flip side of the UK MMA scene getting bigger 布拉德now can be a part of creating a thriving amateur scene 在 the UK something that didn’真的存在10到15年前“it’关于新兴年轻人才的一切，当我上任时’很多表演，没有业余场面。 这些使这成为职业道路的年轻运动员可以’t grow up saying I’我会专业地战斗’ll make a living. 现在，我想让年轻运动员意识到这可以成为职业道路，您可以去赚钱”. This benefits the promotion as a whole as 布拉德gets high-level fighters with a real passion for progressing 在 the sport which 在 turn makes for great fights.
The revenue model for fighters amateur or pro tends to come from a ticket sales agreement where they are paid a commission for each ticket sold, a standard practice across the MMA world. This has meant that a lot of fighters on RoC cards tend to be from the London area as it makes the most sense for upcoming fighters growing a local fan base. That being said you will see a heavy mix of nationalities on RoC cards ranging from British, Spanish 和 previously fighters from the Czech Republic. 布拉德goes on to highlight a key difference for today’s战士试图突破更大的演出时“it’一个饱和的市场，因此双向运作’现在，当我开始时，进入大型促销活动可能会更容易，但您需要脱颖而出。当我在身边时，没有真正的社交媒体，但是这可以帮助您进行市场营销，使自己对促销有价值。你不’不一定需要卖票，只要有人想见你打架。可以独立于促销活动建立受众群体，而在您更依赖促销活动之前。”
冠军的崛起是’t just a regional show with a regional audience though you can already view the main card fights new 和 old on Fight Pass as part of a partnership set up with the UFC. 布拉德recently met with UFC brass prior to UFC Fight Night 127 to discuss the partnership further, it could be sooner rather than later that RoC is being beamed live 在to your living rooms. The future plans of RoC, for now, are to continue the local successes they’ve had with the potential 在 the next few years to expand. 布拉德continues “I’d想把节目移开一点，我们’现在在北伦敦，但我’d将其在英格兰周围移动一点，然后’决定将演出移至国外。建立品牌并没有’一夜快乐，所以我们’ll take our time, I’m 在 no rush.”