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PROMOTER KARL KELLER TALKS REIGN MMA & THE AMATEUR SPORT: WHAT’S NEXT?

Promoter Karl Keller is buzzing following the recent debut of Reign MMA Championship in Dubai; his enthusiasm down the phone is tangible. The event was “his greatest experience in years” and “a lot of fun”, which he believes is essential.

Untypically for a private, international promoter, Reign showcased amateur MMA. Launching with heavyweight support from renowned SBG Ireland coach, John Kavanagh and KSW CEO and founder, Martin Lewandowski (Poland), the event pitted a (ultimately victorious) Team Ireland against Team Poland. IMMAF President Kerrith Brown was also in attendance.

How did Reign MMA come about? “I’ve been involved in MMA, teaching and training, for 15 years. A friend of mine Krzysztof Soszynski of UFC Gyms (Director of MMA & Fitness for UFC Gym Middle East) was approached by an events company (Core) who held a Worlds Ultimate Strongman in Dubai last October. As part of that we ran a very small MMA event, and they came back to us.”

Read more: https://www.immaf.org/promoter-karl-keller-talks-reign-mma-the-amateur-sport-whats-next/