The MMA World Cup Expand into Czech Republic & Slovakia with Oktagon MMA

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA  March 21, 2017  Europe continues to rally around The MMA World Cup, fielding another impressive team with Oktagon MMA. Oktagon MMA is officially the twenty-third team to join this prestigious event, represented in nineteen countries on six continents. Oktagon MMA will be fielding a team featuring fighters from two countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia. (The two nations formerly comprised what was known as Czechoslovakia). The might of these two proud countries will pool together to prove that they are the very best that the world has to offer.
Oktagon MMA is a young and ambitious organization, having been founded just last year by their owners, Pavol Neruda and Ondrej Novotny. Their premise is one that “The Ultimate Fighter” fans have certainly related to, by building their promotion based on their fighters’ stories. They have focused on destroying old myths about “blood sport” and showing the world that MMA fighters are unique athletes, deserving of fame and glory, by producing a hit reality TV show “Oktagon Výzva” (Oktagon Challenge). This show quickly became a ratings success in their home countries and immediately attracted thousands of new fans to the sport.
Pavol Neruda added, “We knew that “Oktagon Výzva” was going to be a huge endeavor, but we believed in this project from the very beginning. We spent two and a half years of preparation, filming, and building up the crew. The show brought the story of our MMA fighters to the public. By showing fighters as humans, we attracted masses of new fans. That was our idea for the whole project and it went well. Oktagon MMA immediately becomes one of the biggest MMA promotions in Czech and Slovak Republic. Now, thanks to our weekly TV Oktagon Magazine, we are still growing bigger. We know that by also becoming a partner of WSOF Global Championship’s platform, it places us on the world map of MMA. We are very exciting about this relationship. We believe it will make MMA more popular here and will give local fighters interesting opportunities to compete with other guys from all around the world, and show the world what Czech and Slovak fighters are capable of. Our team is ready for The MMA World Cup. We hope they are ready for us.”
Current discussions foreshadow a huge World Cup event to take place in Prague on July 29. This event will feature fighters from around the world flying in to represent their organization and countries to compete against Oktagon MMA.

You have to admire Oktagon’s business model. They saw something that worked (‘The Ultimate Fighter’), implemented some noticeable changes, and successfully marketed it to sports fans in their region,” states WSOF-GC President, Shawn Wright. “They put a lot of hard work into it and it quickly paid off. I love that they focus their efforts on promoting their fighters, not just the fights themselves. They earned this opportunity because they grasp a true understanding of the competitive spirit. And that all starts with the competitors themselves.

Last year in Tokyo Japan, we found a viral sensation in Slovakia’s Miroslav Strbak, when he landed a crushing face-first knockout blow to former UFC fighter and MMA legend, Akihiro Gono,” added WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations, Jason Lilly. “Eastern Europe is an area of the world that is underappreciated in the MMA world. They have a lot of great talent that has yet to be seen beyond their borders. It’s exciting to bring these athletes to the forefront of such a big event. We are looking forward to finding the next big star from their region and we know they won’t disappoint.

Oktagon MMA’s first season of their hit reality show, “Oktagon Výzva”, will be making its way into The MMA World Cup Fight Library, which will be the exclusive online home for The MMA World Cup in 2017. Watch The MMA World Cup, Oktagon MMA, and all of the World Cup Teams’ LIVE and previous events at TheMMAWorldCup.com! 
World Series of Fighting Global Championship is dedicated to growing the international brand of World Series of Fighting throughout the world by adding affiliate organizations to develop their athletes and provide them with opportunities to compete on larger platforms for the advancement of the sport of MMA. Media inquiries should be sent to Jason Lilly, Vice President of Operations of World Series of Fighting Global Championship, at jlilly@wsof.asia. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @wsofglobal
The MMA World Cup’s ultimate mission is to bring together the best athletes from organizations and countries across the world to compete for a true, globally-recognized world champion. Media inquiries should be sent to Darren Owen, Chief Operating Officer of The MMA World Cup, at dowen@themmaworldcup.com. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @themmaworldcup

UK’S MADE4THECAGE (“M4TC”) Joins the MMA World Cup

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                  LAS VEGAS, NEVADA  March 7, 2017  With last month’s official announcement of The MMA World Cup, organizations from around the world have been scrambling to put together their teams to participate in this highly anticipated event. Made4TheCage (M4TC) becomes the 21st team to accept the invitation to join the most prestigious tournament in MMA history, set to begin May 13 in Russia. Teams are currently represented in sixteen countries on six continents and will have the opportunity to become a host for World Cup Events in 2017 and beyond. The top talent from each host team will get to represent their country and organization and compete throughout the world.  The MMA World Cup is set to prove who has “the best of the best” in MMA.
                  M4TC represents some of the very best talent in all of United Kingdom, including former UFC fighters Phil De Fries and Colin Fletcher, as well as their reigning Heavyweight Champion, James Mulheron (11-1). Other notable talent from this organization includes current UFC standouts, Arnold Allen and Davey Grant. Based out of Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, England, M4TC has promoted over 20 events dating back to when they were formed in 2010.
                  Dale Percival, Founder of M4TC, was quoted, “Our organization was created to bring a top MMA show to the North East of England for both fighters and fans to enjoy. Along with my dear friend and Co-Founder, Steven France, we have quickly established ourselves as not only the biggest and best show within the North East, but also as one of the best in the UK MMA scene. We are thrilled to be joining with WSOF Global and participating in The MMA World Cup. We want to not only be the best MMA organization in our region, but also prove that our talent can compete against some of the very best in the world.” With this new relationship formed, it is expected that M4TC will anchor the tournament, by holding this year’s final World Cup event in England on November 25.
 
                  “United Kingdom is one of the pillars of the MMA world. A worldwide tournament with the best fighters would not be complete without them,” states WSOF-GC President, Shawn Wright. “Made4TheCage has proven repeatedly that they have some of the very best fighters, not only throughout England, but throughout all of the UK and the world. We are proud to have them represent their region and we know their fighters will take a lot of pride in trying to bring The MMA World Cup trophy back home. That task won’t be easy, but then again, nothing worth having is.”
                  “The MMA World Cup gets more and more exciting with each passing day,” added WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations, Jason Lilly. “We literally have champions from all over the world scheduled to compete in this great event to represent their organization and country. The organization which finishes with the best overall record will be crowned The MMA World Cup champion. Organizational pride and national honor will be on the line for everyone, including the fans. We continue to discuss with other organizations around the globe and expect to make more announcements soon. A new era in combat sports is here.”

M4TC’s previous events will be making their way into The MMA World Cup Fight Library, which will be the exclusive online home for The MMA World Cup in 2017. Watch The MMA World Cup, M4TC, and all of the World Cup Teams’ LIVE and previous events at www.TheMMAWorldCup.com!