Director of Talent and Operations
Jack has been involved in the sport of MMA since 2005 and has seen the evolution of the sport from hard men fighting one another in dark and dingy night clubs to a global sport surpassing PPV records and selling out the world’s biggest arenas. He has had close to 50 professional MMA fights himself and coached fighters at his BKK Fighters gym from young kids to the heights of the UFC he has been involved in the sport from a grassroots level to huge PPV events in many different capacities. Jack is extremely passionate about building an event which will provide a platform for the sport of MMA to flourish in the South East and give the young talent of the UK and Europe an opportunity to gain experience, build their brand and showcase their skills to the world before they move onto the big events like Cage Warriors, Bellator and the UFC.
Jack initially became involved in the business of event promoting because he was disillusioned with the quality of MMA events available to his team at BKK Fighters and sought to create an event where he would be happy to have his young team compete on and gain valuable experience in a safe and controlled environment. Jack is a huge advocate of safety in the sport of MMA, primarily for the athletes competing at the event but also because this is paramount to the longevity, growth and wider acceptance of the sport in the mainstream which will only benefit our athletes in the future. The partnership with Cage Warriors and Safe MMA has been so important to the event and the safety of our athletes as this has bought in safety and medical protocols which are equalled only by the UFC.
Director of Business Development
Joseph is the Founder of Project Etopia Group, gaining with many prestigious awards over the last few years including; National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, Great British Entrepreneur of the year Finalist 2018, GLOBAL Proptech Startup Finalist 2018 and Property TV & Sky 18 to Watch in 2018 & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
Joe has also a very keen interest in mixed martial arts, having set up 'Reach Your Peak' - a group of creative, passionate and motivated individuals with experience across the board, which is a new initiative which aims to support the careers of rising and upcoming Athletes, by providing greater levels of exposure through promotion. Which is a superb platform for our Cage Warriors Academy Fighters providing free media content, promotion and exposure for grass root athletes. Prroviding greater exposure and coverage for upcoming / rising talented individuals who are often left unseen / unheard by the masses.
With the shared goal of making improvements every event to provide the best grassroots platform for MMA in Europe - The team is confident that Cage Warriors Academy South East can deliver this for the deserving fans and talented athletes that have played such a huge part in the growth of the event.
Director of Digital and Media
Paul or 'Staffy' is the graphic design, marketing, website and social media specialist who has helped take the Cage Warriors Academy brand to the next level - making it one of the top MMA events in Europe. With a very high understanding of the world of online media, he designs and develops all the event branding, website, literature, posters, flyers, banners, signage, programmes, promo's and social media content for all the events.
Also has very keen interest in the stand-up game being a Muay Thai instructor at his gym in Lincoln, teaching and training fighters of all ages to keep fit and to fight as amateurs and professionals all over the world. Looking forward to taking mixed martial arts and the Cage Warriors Academy brand to bigger and better things!
Director of Events
Craig is actually a former “Pop Star” and was frontman of the group ‘Uniting Nations’ which saw him at the top of the charts across the world. He was on Radio 1, Top of the pops and sang at many Party in the Parks in front of audiences of up to 65 thousand people. He also use to compete as a professional MMA fighter and now runs his own MMA gym called The Den Fight Centre, he also property develops and still regularly performs at gigs all over the country.
Craig has a big passion for turning talented and exciting MMA fighters into stars, whilst building the Cage Warriors Academy brand. He strongly believe Jack, Staffy, Joe & himself are the 4 people who can take this show forward and turn the show into the biggest platform in the UK for fighters to reach the top promotions. Unlike many other shows, we strive to make our fighters known, to turn them into stars by giving them as much coverage and exposure as possible! Not only is this good for the fighters, it also means the audience get to discover new and exciting fighters to support.