As was announced exclusively on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani last month; former Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan has acquired the I.P. (intellectual property) of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brand.
The Irishman served as the CEO of Cage Warriors from July 2010 (when it was re-launched by its previous investors) until his resignation earlier this year. During this time he oversaw 48 CWFC events in 11 countries, taking what was effectively a dormant brand to one of the most recognised and respected MMA promotions with worldwide television and streaming deals alongside a talented multi-national roster in both men’s and female divisions.
During the 16 minute interview with Ariel Helwani, Boylan announced he has already touched base with the CWFC’s existing TV partners to secure the brand’s international TV footprint (which previously saw the promotion broadcast in 120 countries) whilst he also hinted there are other plans for the promotion which could see several cosmetic changes including a possible re-brand and new name.
When pressed for a date Boylan said he has meetings planned with “interested parties” in order to push the brand forward and stated he is looking at potentially two events towards the end of 2015 with a view to promoting a full season of events for 2016. However despite being pushed for an answer Boylan did not give any formal confirmation.
However despite his pensive and seemingly cautious tone Boylan acknowledged the role he has had in bringing Cage Warriors to the forefront of the European scene which gave dozens of fighters in the UK, Ireland and overseas (such as Conor McGregor, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Joseph Duffy, Nicolas Dalby, Tom Breese and Arnold Allen to name a few) a platform to showcase their skills and also gave them the experience they needed to move on to events such as the UFC.
Despite his earlier hesitance Boylan concluded the interview with a promise by saying “If it’s back, it’s back big,” he said. “It’s going to be back bigger than what it WAS”. However in the meantime Boylan has asked both the fighters and the CWFC fans to be patient while the restructuring takes place and while he secures the deals needed to push the brand to another level.