Rich Chou Leaves Role as Bellator Matchmaker, Joins Wimp 2 Warrior as Vice President

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 17, 2021
Longtime Bellator MMA matchmaker Rich Chou will be parting ways with the promotion to serve as an executive with Wimp 2 Warrior, a grassroots training program that works to increase the participation level in MMA.

Chou will officially serve as North American vice president for the organization. W2W is co-founded by CEO Nick Langton and SBG Ireland leader John Kavanagh, who oversees the European branch and the program’s training curriculum.

“Chou will be focused on rapidly expand W2W’s presence across the U.S. and Canada,” stated a release. “Working in concert with Kavanagh and Langton, Chou will accelerate the growth of W2W’s licensee gyms through high profile partnerships with brand name MMA academies and gyms, creating the staging grounds for an immersive 100 class, 20 week fight camp that takes participants on a transformative mind, body and soul experience through the world of martial arts.”

According to a separate release from Bellator, Chou will serve as a consultant with the promotion along with president Scott Coker and matchmaker Mike Kogan as of April 19. Over the course of his career, Chou has worked for organizations such as Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC and Strikeforce before joining Bellator in 2014.

“As MMA immerses itself in global expansion, providing an organic and interactive program to men and women to practically learn martial arts is an important step in creating the transformative journey martial arts provides,” said Chou. “I am excited to further build upon Nick and John’s international success by expanding the program to be a fully realized subsidizing business partner to mixed martial arts gyms throughout the United States and Canada, while bringing in people of all ages to participate in the lifechanging journey that comes with learning martial arts.”

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