Burt Watson is back, baby.
The fan-favorite MMA personality has been hired by Cage Fury Fighting Championships as their new head of fighter relations and operations, Watson confirmed with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. Watson's first show in his new role with CFFC will be July 18 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. His role is similar to the one he held with the UFC.
After a 14-year run with the UFC, Watson abruptly parted ways with the promotion on the eve of UFC 184 in February following an argument with an executive.
"I was approached and it was not in a proper manner, at least in my opinion," Watson said on The MMA Hour. "I was questioned about my work, about the way I handled things. That's the way I felt. Quite honestly, I didn't appreciate it. I didn't approve of it."
Nicknamed "The Babysitter to the Stars," Watson became an MMA celebrity due to his colorful personality and catch phrases. However, he meant more than that to the athletes. When he left the company, many UFC fighters took to social media to wish him well and voice their displeasure. Earlier this year, he was given a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Fighters Only World MMA Awards in Las Vegas.
The 66-year-old Watson told MMAFighting.com that the promotion intends to run 8-10 events a year, mainly in Pennsylvania, where he lives, New Jersey and hopefully New York. Watson said he spoke to several organizations since leaving the UFC, however, he felt CFFC, for numerous reasons, was the best fit for him.