Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mike Constantino: "Cage Fury Is a Legitimate Promotion"


Cage Fury Fighting Championships 36 is tonight in Morristown, N.J., and though I'll be going to the Golden MMA Championships in Queens instead, I'll be there in spirit. Or something like that. Anyway, MMAJunkie did a profile on CFFC president Mike Constantino ahead of the show, and it's definitely worth checking out.

Some of the more salient quotes include:

  • “The No.1 goal is we want to be recognized as the No. 1 regional promotion in America,” Constantino said. “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.”

  • “Me being a manager and a trainer, I don’t have any visions of grandeur that we can compete with the UFC,” Constantino said. “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.”

  • “Since I’ve come on board I’m basically trying to establish more fighters, get new sponsorship and all that,” he said. “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.

  • “I looked nation-wide at regional promotions and a lot of these promotions are fly-by-night,” Constantino said. “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.

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