A good management company is important in the life of a fighter.
There are many tasks that a manager should handle while the fighter concentrates on training. In addition, managers may have contacts with sponsors and promoters that can help fighters achieve their goals. The Scrap breaks down some of the best management companies specializing in the field of MMA.
Dodge Sports is a full-service athlete management and marketing agency specializing in professional mixed martial arts. Company founder, Matt Dodge, recently spoke to The Scrap about his company. “We take a personalized, systematic approach to everything we do at Dodge Sports. We get to know our clients and work to match them with the right fight organizations and the right corporate sponsors and partners, leading us and in turn, our clients to great success. We allocate a tremendous amount of resources behind our men and women to give them the best shot of success, inside and outside of the cage and treat everyone with the same level of effort and attention they should expect out of their representative. Over the past 12-years we’ve developed relationships with promoters, matchmakers, and sponsors which are rooted in our core values of respect, hard work, and always doing the right thing”.
Some of the fighters Dodge Sports represents are Andre Ewell (UFC), Canadians Anthony Romero, Jasmine Jasudavicius and Aaron Jeffery (Contender Series), Former 2x Ultimate Fighter winner, Jesse Taylor and Bellator standout, Fernando Gonzalez.
UFC fighters Connor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson, Israel Adesanya and Stephen Thompson are some of the clients that Paradigm MMA manages. On their website, the company is described as an industry leader in mixed martial arts management. They offer clients a full range of services, including lucrative fighting opportunities, sponsorships, commission compliance, career guidance and much more.
A policy at Paradigm is “our fighters should focus on winning fights while we handle everything else”.
Dominance MMA President & Founder Ali Abdelaziz has been managing top fighters for the past couple of decades now. He has a lot of contacts throughout the industry and has formed some amazing relationships throughout his journey. Ali can also be found on the mats rolling with his clients. He has black belts in both Judo and BJJ and says he can relate to his clients on a different level, which gives Dominance a family-like culture.
Clients Dominance MMA represents include Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gilbert Burns, Sjara Eubanks and Vicente Luque.
Zinkin Entertainment and Sports Management
Zinkin Entertainment and Sports Management is dedicated to the sport of professional mixed martial arts. Zinkin, and its principals Bob Cook and DeWayne Zinkin Jr. train and manage many of the sports top names including Daniel Cormier, Chuck Liddell, Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold, Ben Askren, and many other fighters.
Zinkin’s fighters compete in the UFC, ONE Fighting Championship, Bellator, World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and other promotions.
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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.