After spending six years with the Bellator MMA promotion, highly-respected Rich Chou who served as the VP of Talent Relations is leaving the promotion to become the Vice Preside of Wimp 2 Warrior, in an announcement made by both Bellator MMA and Wimp 2 Warrior late Thursday evening.
The news was first reported by ESPN's Ariel Helwani and later confirmed by both organizations, Chou released his own statement Thursday night.
The ultimate human transformation
Wimp 2 Warrior is a martial arts training program that brands itself as "The Ultimate Human Transformation!" where people are placed into an intense six-month professional MMA fight camp and the opportunity to change their lives.
In their press release on Thursday, the company said Chou will be "armed with a significant budget to create co-branded marketing strategies for existing partnerships geared towards increasing gym census throughout their respective territories, as well as aggressively increase overall awareness of the program to attract new partners in untapped markets and regions."
In short, Chou will be doing what famed MMA coach John Kavanagh, the head coach of former two-weight world champion Conor McGregor, does in Europe for the company.
New man in charge for Bellator
In their own press release sent out Thursday night, Bellator MMA wished Chou all the best in his future endeavors and then announced the future plans for matchmaking moving forward. As of April 19, Bellator President Scott Coker along with Mike Kogan will continue to overlook all matchmaking for the promotion, but Chou will be remaining as a consultant to the promotion.
Rich Chou bids farewell
In his own statement released on the news, Chou thanked Bellator and Scott Coker for the opportunity of a lifetime and called it an "absolute honor to work alongside my Bellator family showcasing the best mixed martial artists on the planet over the last several years." Before he joined Bellator MMA as their matchmaker, Rich Chou worked as the matchmaker for several other MMA promotions including Strikeforce, EliteXC, and Rumble on the Rock.