In a new article at CBSSports.com, my boss and editor, Denny Burkholder, is reporting that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is indeed serious about expanding his holdings in MMA. Cuban informed Burkholder that his first hire is none other than former UFC champion Guy Mezger.
Cuban has hired MMA veteran Guy Mezger to run the day-to-day operations of his MMA project, and will rely on Mezger to handle tasks such as talent evaluation.
“We have already started,” Cuban said. “Our first hire was Guy Mezger, who will be responsible for managing fight cards, attracting and signing fighters.”
Mezger runs the Lions Den affiliate in Dallas, TX and has served as a commentator and matchmaker for several MMA organizations. His reputation in the industry is impeccable.
In addition to working with Mezger, it appears that Ed Fishman, formerly of Pride, could be involved somehow as well:
In White Chocolate’s press release, they indicated that former Pride Fighting Championships USA president Ed Fishman was present for the recent meetings with Cuban and Mezger. Fishman was the driving force behind Pride FC’s pay-per-view events held in Las Vegas in 2006 and early 2007, in the days before the company was sold to UFC parent company Zuffa LLC.
I’m only giving you bits and pieces here. You really should go to CBSSports.com and check the entire report out by clicking here.