Ed Soares becomes President of Resurrection Fighting Alliance

source: onthemat.com

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) officially welcomed in Ed Soares as the new RFA president Tuesday morning. RFA CEO Wayne Harriman said that Soares was the one and only candidate he had in mind, when looking for someone to fill the position.

"RFA needed a front man, someone with the experience to take the RFA to the next level. I've known Ed for over 12 years now and we have been in this business from the beginning. He knows the business better than anybody. When we were hunting and looking around for someone, it was clear that no one was better. Ed brings a lot to the table. He has a lot of access to fighters and has established relationships with everyone in the business. This was the perfect match," Harriman said in an official statement.

Soares is one of the most successful men in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) business. He is the founder and former owner of the clothing company Sinister Brand, which is one of the original clothing companies in MMA. He is more widely known as the manager of several of the world's most high-profile and marquee fighters. Some of these fighters include Anderson Silva (current UFC middleweight champion), Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion), and Lyoto Machida (former UFC light-heavyweight champion).

Soares manages roughly 20 fighters, which also include Nogueira's twin brother Antônio Rogerio Nogueira, Glover Teixeira, Roger Gracie, Andre Galvão, Rafael "Feijão" Cavalcante, Rafael dos Anjos, Justin Lawrence, and Diego Nunes. He is noted for establishing the careers of current UFC champions Junior dos Santos and Jose Aldo as well. Soares is also the co-founder of Black House MMA, where many of his fighters train.

Soares was just as excited as Harriman about his new role with the RFA. "I've known Wayne for a long time, probably over 12 years, and we've always had a good working relationship," Soares said upon accepting the position of RFA president. "Wayne told me he was looking for someone to take the lead and my only concern was doing justice for the organization. In just 8 months, the RFA has really emerged as one of the most promising and well-respected MMA promotions in the business."

Soares also addressed the vision that he shared with Harriman: "Our goal is to produce the next generation of MMA stars. There are plenty of talented fighters that need an opportunity to prove themself. We want to keep developing the top talent in the world, while also resurrecting guys that have been to the top and still have a lot of fight left in them."

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CindyO site profile image  

10/6/12 1:40 AM by CindyO

And the RFA posters did not respond to my questions when I asked them--three times.   As far as who "Bevois" is- he's just Ryan Bevins from OTMRadio. Calls himself a fight promoter but it seems he's just the PR guy who does the press releases and posts stuff on their site. Some secret;) lol   Cindy

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8/28/12 3:20 AM by GriffinQ


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8/23/12 5:55 AM by Macedawgg

 SFL and Bellator hooking up?

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8/20/12 12:22 AM by Chris27

Speaking of TV deals I saw something about SFL announcing something big in Sept.Making a huge MMA announcement on the 17th September this year. Watch this space. #indianmma will be ruling sooner than you think! Could this be a TV deal in the US?

CindyO site profile image  

8/19/12 11:49 PM by CindyO

 TTT for Bevois. What's your role with RFA, son??? Cindy

Macedawgg site profile image  

8/19/12 6:39 PM by Macedawgg

 Yet, Ed Soares didn't say that in his interview. . . And the RFA posters did not respond to my questions when I asked them--three times.  Why is that Steve?

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8/19/12 10:36 AM by Steve4192

Depends on how you define 'bigger'.  There has to be a threshold somewhere. If you define it as 1% bigger than RFA, that means fighters could leave to go fight just about anywhere. If you define it as 1000% bigger, that really only leaves one option, the UFC. Let's not act like this is a new development.  Tachi Palace Fights and before them, the Reed Harris owned WEC let guys leave to fight in the UFC, but they don't let guys go fight anywhere they want.  A promoter has the right to determine when he will grant a guy a release from his contract.  If they choose to draw that line at the UFC level rather than the Bellator level or OneFC level, that is their right.

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8/19/12 8:17 AM by Macedawgg

 P.S.  What is your role with RFA? That too is a question asked by Cindy-O that remains unanswered.

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8/19/12 8:06 AM by Macedawgg

 Thanks Bevois-- That is very strange, considering that the RFA promotional agreement explicitly states that fighters will be granted a release, ONLY to Zuffa, in the event an offer is made. Glad to see that all "bigger" promotions are on equal grounds. . .

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8/17/12 6:44 PM by Bevois

Ed Soares just did a Q & A with ESPN and answered many of the questions ABE, Macedawgg, Cindy, and others have about the RFA: espn.go.com/blog/mma/post/_/id/13508/ed-soares-gets-into-the-promotional-arena