Q & A with the MMA Sport Federation

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on May - 14 - 2010 with Comments Off on Q & A with the MMA Sport Federation

ChicagoMMA.net spoke with Scott Fischer, the VP of Event Operations for the MMA Sport Federation, which is promoting several upcoming events in the Chicagoland area. Read below for our question and answer session.

Q:  The MMA Sport Federation takes a different angle in promotion MMA than many other MMA promotions in the Chicagoland area — it utilizes a team format and it has an international scope, where different countries compete against each other in a team style dual meet. Tell us a little more about your company’s background.

A: The True Fighting Championships has been around since 1993 and has promoted over 120 events since that time. We promote all combat sports including boxing.  Recently, The True Fighting Championships merged with the MMA Sport Federation, which is the organization behind the country vs. country competition.

MMA Sport Federation was developed to produce an international MMA competition where Team USA will take on countries around the world.  The idea came from MMASF President, Rob Zbilski, who is currently the Head Kickboxing Coach for Team USA Kickboxing.  MMA Sports Federation  is an organization that champions the highest ideals of international sportsmanship.  We provide an opportunity for the best young fighters to train, build skills and advance their reputation while competing on teams to become the finest athletes in the world.

Q: Do you have any upcoming events in the Chicagoland area planned? If so, let us know the dates and locations of your future fight cards.

A: Our first event took place on April 9th, 2010 at The Main Event in Elgin Illinois.  It featured Team USA vs. Canada

Our second event will take place May 29th, 2010 at Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois. 800 South IL route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. It includes the Team USA Tryouts/Fight Off.

Our Third event,  For the FIRST time is MMA History three countries will be coming to the United States to compete against Team USA and will take place July 31st, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Team USA will take on teams from Ireland, Australia & Poland.

Q: Tell us about Team USA and the fighters who will be representing our country. What weight classes will be contested and who does the USA have at each weight? What are their records and backgrounds?

A: All weight classes will be considered for competition yet depending on the health and availability of fighters from the USA and Abroad will dictate the 12 man US team which will compete at the event.  The current team consists of Jose Vega at125lbs (from Kenosha, WI),  Mike Zaricor at 145lbs (St. Louis, MO), Eric Daigle at 155lbs (Omaha, NE), Alex White at 155lbs (St. Louis, MO),  Andrew Trace at 170lbs (Wosworth, WI), John Hansen at 205lbs (Omaha, NE), Jerry Hall at 135lbs (St. Louis, MO), Anthony Goodwin, 145lbs  (Rockford, IL).  Bios and pictures can be seen by visiting the Team USA Website at www.teamusa-mma.com or by visiting www.mmasf.com

Q: What was the selection process for our current Team USA? If fighters want to represent their country in future events, will they have the opportunity to try out? Or would they have to wait until next year’s try outs?

A: Team USA-MMA had a fight-off back in January 2010.  We’re looking to have another tryout /fight-off on May 29th at The Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Here we’ll be looking for additional fighters to compete for Team USA on events throughout 2010 yet more importantly at Toyota park in July. We’re always in need of fighters to compete for Team USA.  Fighters who are interested in competing for a spot on Team USA-MMA should call us at The MMA Sport Federation – 847-669-7833 and ask for me Scott Fischer or Rob Zbilski.

Q: What countries will Team USA be fighting?

A: Currently, the following countries have agreed to compete in 2010. Canada, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Japan, Great Britain, Australia and the Philippines.

Q: With MMA becoming such a popular sport, a common question that is seen on various MMA forums is “do you think that MMA will ever become an Olympic sport?” Seeing that your promotion brings an International Team format to the table, what is your take on turning MMA into a mainstream international competition? There have been rumors that FILA (the international governing body for amateur wrestling), is interested in sanctioning combat grappling, a form of submission grappling where strikes are allowed. Could ideas such as this and your international concept open the door to making MMA a mainstream sport?

Our Strategy is to become a leader among MMA organizations in setting the standards for sportsmanship, conduct, care of the fighters and high quality sports entertainment offerings.  We also look to seek out the best sponsors who may benefit from the association with an organization that champions the highest ideals of the sport and of the life long training, conditioning, athleticism & sportsmanship of the fighters.  Should MMA ever come into question as becoming an Olympic sport, what we stand for and how we’ve developed our reputation should make it an easy decision by the IOC to consider our organization as a model of why it should.

Q: Where can we get more information on True FC? Please let us know any websites that fans can visit to stay posted on your events.

A: www.mmasf.comwww.teamusa-mma.com.

ChicagoMMA.net Question & Answer with True Fighting Championship’s

Q:  The True Fighting Championships is very different from the other MMA promotions in the Chicagoland area for 2 reasons: 1. It utilizes a team format and 2. It has an international scope, where different countries compete against each other in a team style dual meet. Tell us a little more about True FC – Where you got the idea for the international team format, how the team scores work, a brief background on the company, etc.

A: The True Fighting Championships has been around since 1993and has promoted over 120 events since that time. We promote all combat sports including boxing.  Recently, The True Fighting Championships merged with the MMA Sport Federation which is the organization behind the country vs. country competition.

MMA Sport Federation was developed to produce an international MMA competition where Team USA will take on countries around the world.  The idea came from MMASF-President, Rob Zbilski who is currently the Head Kickboxing Coach for Team USA Kickboxing.  MMA Sports Federation – is an organization that champions the highest ideals of international sportsmanship.  We provide an opportunity for the best young fighters to train, build skills and advance their reputation while competing on teams to become the finest athletes in the world.

Q: Do you have any upcoming events in the Chicagoland area planned? If so, let us know the dates and locations of your future fight cards.

A: Our first event will take place April 9th, 2010 at The Main Event in Elgin Illinois, 200 Prairie St. Elgin, IL 60120.  Team USA vs. Canada

A: Our second event will take place May 29th, 2010 at Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois. 800 South IL route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Team USA Tryouts/Fight Off.

A: Our Third event,  For the FIRST time is MMA History three countries will be coming to the United States to compete against Team USA and will take place July 31st, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Battle 1 in the Cage! Team USA vs. The World (Ireland, Australia & Poland)

Q: Tell us about Team USA and the fighters who will be representing our country. What weight classes will be contested and who does the USA have at each weight? What are their records and backgrounds?

A: All weight classes will be considered for competition yet depending on the health and availability of fighters from the USA and Abroad will dictate the 12 man US team which will compete at the event.  The current team consists of Jose Vega at125lbs. Kenosha, WI. – Mike Zaricor at 145lbs. St. Louis, MO – Eric Daigle at 155lbs. Omaha, NB – Alex White at 155lbs. St. Louis, MO – Andrew Trace at 170lbs. Wosworth, WI – and John Hansen at 205lbs. Omaha, NB, Jerry Hall 135lbs. 9W-1L, St. Louis, MO,  Anthony Goodwin, 145lbs. 15W-2L, Rockford, IL.  Bio’s and Pictures can be seen by visiting the Team USA Website…www.teamusa-mma.com. or by visiting www.mmasf.com

Q: What was the selection process for our current Team USA? If fighters want to represent their country in future events, will they have the opportunity to try out? Or would they have to wait until next year’s try outs?

A: Team USA-MMA had a fight-off back in January 2010.  We’re looking to have another tryout /fight-off on May 29th at The Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Here we’ll be looking for additional fighters to compete for Team USA on events throughout 2010 yet more importantly at Toyota park in July. We’re always in need of fighters to compete for Team USA.  Fighters who are interested in competing for a spot on Team USA-MMA should call us at The MMA Sport Federation – 847-669-7833 and ask for me Scott Fischer or Rob Zbilski.

Q: What countries will Team USA be fighting? Currently, the following countries have agreed to compete in 2010. Canada, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Japan, Great Britain, Australia and the Philippines.

A: Our Strategy is to become a leader among MMA organizations in setting the standards for sportsmanship, conduct, care of the fighters and high quality sports entertainment offerings.  We also look to seek out the best sponsors who may benefit from the association with an organization that champions the highest ideals of the sport and of the life long training, conditioning, athleticism & sportsmanship of the fighters.  Should MMA ever come into question as becoming an Olympic sport, what we stand for and how we’ve developed our reputation should make it an easy decision by the IOC to consider our organization as a model of why it should.

Q: Where can we get more information on True FC? Please let us know any websites that fans can visit to stay posted on your events. www.mmasf.comwww.teamusa-mma.com.ChicagoMMA.net Question & Answer with True Fighting Championship’s

Q:  The True Fighting Championships is very different from the other MMA promotions in the Chicagoland area for 2 reasons: 1. It utilizes a team format and 2. It has an international scope, where different countries compete against each other in a team style dual meet. Tell us a little more about True FC – Where you got the idea for the international team format, how the team scores work, a brief background on the company, etc.

A: The True Fighting Championships has been around since 1993and has promoted over 120 events since that time. We promote all combat sports including boxing.  Recently, The True Fighting Championships merged with the MMA Sport Federation which is the organization behind the country vs. country competition.

MMA Sport Federation was developed to produce an international MMA competition where Team USA will take on countries around the world.  The idea came from MMASF-President, Rob Zbilski who is currently the Head Kickboxing Coach for Team USA Kickboxing.  MMA Sports Federation – is an organization that champions the highest ideals of international sportsmanship.  We provide an opportunity for the best young fighters to train, build skills and advance their reputation while competing on teams to become the finest athletes in the world.

Q: Do you have any upcoming events in the Chicagoland area planned? If so, let us know the dates and locations of your future fight cards.

A: Our first event will take place April 9th, 2010 at The Main Event in Elgin Illinois, 200 Prairie St. Elgin, IL 60120.  Team USA vs. Canada

A: Our second event will take place May 29th, 2010 at Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois. 800 South IL route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Team USA Tryouts/Fight Off.

A: Our Third event,  For the FIRST time is MMA History three countries will be coming to the United States to compete against Team USA and will take place July 31st, 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Battle 1 in the Cage! Team USA vs. The World (Ireland, Australia & Poland)

Q: Tell us about Team USA and the fighters who will be representing our country. What weight classes will be contested and who does the USA have at each weight? What are their records and backgrounds?

A: All weight classes will be considered for competition yet depending on the health and availability of fighters from the USA and Abroad will dictate the 12 man US team which will compete at the event.  The current team consists of Jose Vega at125lbs. Kenosha, WI. – Mike Zaricor at 145lbs. St. Louis, MO – Eric Daigle at 155lbs. Omaha, NB – Alex White at 155lbs. St. Louis, MO – Andrew Trace at 170lbs. Wosworth, WI – and John Hansen at 205lbs. Omaha, NB, Jerry Hall 135lbs. 9W-1L, St. Louis, MO,  Anthony Goodwin, 145lbs. 15W-2L, Rockford, IL.  Bio’s and Pictures can be seen by visiting the Team USA Website…www.teamusa-mma.com. or by visiting www.mmasf.com

Q: What was the selection process for our current Team USA? If fighters want to represent their country in future events, will they have the opportunity to try out? Or would they have to wait until next year’s try outs?

A: Team USA-MMA had a fight-off back in January 2010.  We’re looking to have another tryout /fight-off on May 29th at The Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Here we’ll be looking for additional fighters to compete for Team USA on events throughout 2010 yet more importantly at Toyota park in July. We’re always in need of fighters to compete for Team USA.  Fighters who are interested in competing for a spot on Team USA-MMA should call us at The MMA Sport Federation – 847-669-7833 and ask for me Scott Fischer or Rob Zbilski.

Q: What countries will Team USA be fighting? Currently, the following countries have agreed to compete in 2010. Canada, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Japan, Great Britain, Australia and the Philippines.

A: Our Strategy is to become a leader among MMA organizations in setting the standards for sportsmanship, conduct, care of the fighters and high quality sports entertainment offerings.  We also look to seek out the best sponsors who may benefit from the association with an organization that champions the highest ideals of the sport and of the life long training, conditioning, athleticism & sportsmanship of the fighters.  Should MMA ever come into question as becoming an Olympic sport, what we stand for and how we’ve developed our reputation should make it an easy decision by the IOC to consider our organization as a model of why it should.

Q: Where can we get more information on the MMA Sport Federation? Please let us know any websites that fans can visit to stay posted on your events.

A: www.mmasf.comwww.teamusa-mma.com.

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