Victory Fighting Championship CEO, Ryan Stoddard, took over the reigns of the Omaha, Neb. based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion back in 2010 “on a little bit of a whim,” he says.
Stoddard, 32, stepped in to handle operations for a brief period of time and really enjoyed every aspect of it. His purchase came soon after. His love for the promotion stems from the time he was a local fighter and his aspirations were to one day compete in the Victory FC cage.
“My goal was always to fight for Victory,” Stoddard told MMAmania.com. “It was the pinnacle of the midwest. It was the big show. When everyone else was doing ball rooms, it was one of the very few shows that was in an arena here in the midwest. I always had a great love and affinity for Victory even before I purchased it.”
Fast forward to 2016, and Victory FC is heading into Victory FC 49: “Cochrane vs. BBMonstro,” its third fight card to be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, all while continuing to maintain a strong presence in the Midwest. Stoddard proudly states that he and the promotion have done things the right way and have earned every ounce of success they have achieved.
“You are talking about a business where you have so many promotions and promoters that come and go,” he said. “The fact that Victory has been operating since 2002 and the fact that when I took it over and what we’ve been able to accomplish what we’ve done in five short years… No disrespect to any of the other promotions out there on whether it be AXSTV or even Fight Pass, we started from the ground up in terms of promotion. We really did it the grass roots way. We’ve earned our way. that is something ….View full article
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