One of Europe’s top mixed martial arts promotions is in need of new leadership.
According to a report from The42.ie, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan has resigned as the promotion’s CEO. Boylan reportedly informed the CWFC board of his decision on Tuesday following a meeting to plan the organization’s 2015 schedule.
“It’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life so I have stepped down as CEO of Cage Warriors, but I’m very proud of what we achieved in the last four years,” Boylan told The42.ie. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as CEO of a brilliant promotion. My team and I established the No. 1 mixed martial arts organization in Europe, and I’m very thankful to every single person who played a part.”
Boylan took over the reins at Cage Warriors in 2010, leading the promotion through a total of 48 events and building a talent pipeline that sent a number of fighters to larger organizations. Most notably, former CWFC two-division champion Conor McGregor launched his career in the promotion and is currently the UFC’s No. 1 contender at featherweight.
Boylan told The42.ie that he plans to stay involved in other facets of MMA and might eventually be interested in accepting a similar position with another promotion. He currently manages a number of fighters, including recent UFC signee Joseph Duffy.
“In the short term, I am focusing on helping Joseph and my other fighters to develop their careers, along with my other business interests,” Boylan said. “As for another promotion? Maybe, and there are certainly some interesting conversations going on about how to further the growth of the sport in Europe. I may play a role in that too.
“I understand that my resignation will come as a surprise to fans, as it has to the board, but I know Cage Warriors will continue to do great things, but it’s obviously important that the board is given time to find a successor and get the show back on the road.”
Since its inception on July 27, 2002, CWFC has held 85 events in the likes of England, Russia, Ireland, Jordan and Scotland, to name a few. CWFC 75, its next card, is scheduled for March 21 at Copper Box Arena in London.