Ken Pavia now CEO of India’s Super Fight League

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ken Pavia has taken a long, strange trip through MMA.

After graduating from law school in 1991, Pavia was an agent for NHL and MLB players. In 2005 he entered MMA management, and built his MMA Agents up until by 2010 his client roster of 55 fighters, fought in over 192 fights, in 60 different organizations, in 18 countries.

Then the UFC sued him, over alegedly sharing UFC fighter contract details with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

The 80/20 rule applies in MMA, and, shut out from the two leading shows, Pavia sold MMA Agents to Paradigm Sports Management, another fight management agency.

On January 1, 2012, Pavia was named as CEO of India’s Super Fight League.

Founded by millionaire sports franchise owner Raj Kundra and the Bollywood start Sanjay Dutt, the promotion’s first event, SFL 1, will take place in Mumbai on March 11, 2012. It will feature a main event of James Thompson vs Bob Sapp.

The promotion is striving define itself as real, and to differentiate itself from professional wrestling. Bob Sapp is thus a puzzling choice for the inagural main event.

The Indain economy is now massive and growing at a far greater pace than it is in the West. Further, while martial arts are popular in India, MMA is now, making possible again the style vs style match ups that made the sport so intriguing at its birth. The Super Fight League has the potential to eventually mark a mark on the entire sport.