(PRESS RELEASE) -- HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. (August 12 2013) – Tito Ortiz. David Abbott. “Razor” Rob McCullough. Ricco Rodriguez. Names synonymous with MMA’s expansive growth over the last decade both inside and outside the cage all had the guidance and direction of TNT Fight Management founder Dave Thomas. From MMA legends to the world’s top MMA prospects, including former NCAA Champion Bubba Jenkins, Thomas has entrenched himself as one of MMA’s elite managers, and looks to continue to grow the ever expanding TNT Fight Management.
“I’ve been fortunate in my career to work with some of the best athletes in the world, and I take this position very seriously,” Thomas said. “I’ve been around the sport since the early 90’s and had almost every situation imaginable thrown at me. I fell in love with this sport at an early age and that passion is still as strong as ever.”
Aside from his management role, Thomas was also the agent that was able to successfully navigate and complete a multifaceted entertainment and fighting alliance for Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz with Bellator. The deal includes fights with Bellator as well as appearances on TNA Impact Wrestling, shoulder programing and sponsor activation for Punishment Athletics.
Thomas was also responsible for guiding the hottest prospect in MMA, Bubba Jenkins, to a unique, multi-fight developmental contract with Bellator that will see the former NCAA Wrestling Champion fight 5-6 times this year with Bellator.
“Dave’s one of the best in the business. And, while I don’t always agree with him and we find ourselves on opposite sides of the negotiating table, I respect his approach to the business, professionalism and his drive to achieve the best possible result for his clients,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said.
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