Resurrection Fighting Alliance President Ed Soares (Pictured) broke news on several fronts Thursday by announcing organizational, promotional and event plans for 2013. First and foremost, RFA has inked a television distribution deal with AXS TV.
Soares plans for the up-start mixed martial arts promotion to host up to 10 events this year.
“I am honored and excited to be in business with AXS TV and to have this national television deal in place for 2013,” said Soares. “I’m already so far ahead of where I wanted to be at this time – we have plans to do up to 10 fights this year – and with this major TV deal in place, I think we have established that RFA offers aspiring athletes tough competition in fights that reach a national audience.”
Soares has appointed Sven Bean as RFA’s Chief Operating Officer. Bean has 15 years of experience in fight promotions, with over 100 successful kickboxing and MMA shows to his credit. He will work with Soares to identify new talent for RFA and will be involved in all aspects of live event planning and execution.
“I am proud to announce Sven Bean as COO and lead executive in charge of fight operations for RFA,” said Soares. “Sven is one of the most experienced and accomplished fight promoters in MMA. He is a trusted professional who shares my passion for MMA and my vision for the huge potential of RFA as a star-building league for the sport. With a TV deal in place and so many events planned this year, Sven will be central to RFA’s success.”
In addition, Soares has recruited former UFC Director of Public Relations Jen Wenk and her StarPR Las Vegas company to spearhead the PR efforts for RFA.
“I’m honored to join RFA and to be working with Ed Soares, someone that I have known and respected for years,” said Wenk. “While Ed was managing the career for the most accomplished athlete in MMA, I was managing PR for the most accomplished fight promotion in the world. I am excited to join forces with Ed and to help build RFA into a vibrant MMA promotion and as a home for the sport’s rising stars.”
RFA’s second nationally televised event of the year goes down March 22nd inside 1stBank Center in Denver, Colorado. AXS TV will broadcast “RFA 7’s” main card live starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.