Regional MMA

Fight Scotland

Photo: Moan Then Fight Photography

Every fighter has to start somewhere. Most fighters spend a few years fighting on the local circuit, fighting for smaller promotions until they receive a call from the big leagues. With the sport growing exponentially, these local circuits are bursting with young talent and future stars.

Unfortunately, the people in the fight business know far more about fighting than they do about marketing themselves well, particularly online. Even in countries where MMA is very popular (U.S.A., Canada, U.K. etc), resources and information on the local circuit is difficult to come by. Just take a look at almost any martial arts gym’s website and you’ll see what I mean.

I began MMA training a few years back in Scotland and soon discovered that the local MMA scene was a vibrant one. My new connections led me to experience the same thing south of the border in England. Knowing that there were literally dozens upon dozens of practically undiscovered training locations, fight promotions and fighters, but that they had very little / no exposure was disturbing to me, so I did something about it.

Being a Web Designer, I was lucky enough to have the skill set to design and develop an online community for the Scottish fight scene. The purpose of the site is to provide breaking Scottish fight news, inform fight sports enthusiasts about upcoming events such as fight shows, seminars and signings, to provide information on training locations, and exposure for some of the fighters in Scotland. I now have four guys who volunteer for the website by writing articles, conducting interviews and taking photos at the fight shows.

Where you come in:
Firstly, if you would take a quick look at the site and give me any feedback you might have, I’d appreciate it, but more importantly, do you think that if something similar existed in other countries, aspiring fighters would be signed to bigger promotions more easily, and that smaller promotions and gyms would sell more tickets and memberships, respectively? Ultimately, what I’m asking here is that if you think this concept, if applied globally, would help regional MMA?

I live in Canada now, and the regional fight circuit here is extremely talent-rich. There are shows almost on a weekly basis, and some of which are very well put together. There are some fantastic coaches and training facilities, too. It would be an absolute shame if talent like this and efforts like these continued to go unnoticed. I can see many people becoming disheartened and leaving the game before their time.

Thanks guys,


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