UFC Hires Ex-Legacy FC Boss Mick Maynard as Vice President of Talent Relations

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 20, 2016
Joe Silva’s retirement is finally official, and that means a shakeup in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s matchmaking (online sportsbooks) department.

While Silva’s decision to step down as matchmaker was initially reported a few weeks back, the Las Vegas-based promotion on Tuesday confirmed that he will step down as senior vice president of talent relations at the end of 2016. Sean Shelby, who has been with the UFC for 14 years, will be promoted to Silva’s old position. Meanwhile, former Legacy Fighting Championship owner and president Mick Maynard has been hired by the UFC as vice president of talent relations.

“I’m excited to have Mick on board working alongside Sean,” UFC President Dana White said in a release. “Mick has become one of the most respected people in the fight game and he’s done a great job in finding and developing talent. Sean has been a tremendous asset to the UFC for a long time, and I look forward to working with Sean and Mick in the years to come.”

During Maynard’s time at the helm, Legacy FC served as one of the UFC’s main pipelines for talent. Some of the most notable names to compete for the Texas-based organization include Holly Holm, Henry Cejudo, Thomas Almedia and Sage Northcutt, to name a few. Coinciding with Maynard’s departure, the promotion recently announced a merger with Resurrection Fighting Alliance that will take effect in January 2017.

It is currently unclear how matchmaking duties will be distributed. Shelby previously was in charge of weight classes from featherweight on down, while Silva handled 155 pounds and up. According to the release, Shelby’s job is categorized as “organizing UFC bouts, developing athletes on the roster, and scouting potential UFC talent.”


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