A new promotion to be known as the World Cagefighting Alliance is scheduled to announce its planned launch later this week, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned.
Sources within the organization confirmed to us that the WCA plans to adopt the same business model as Strikeforce, with the notable exception that it will operate in the Northeastern corridor of the United States as opposed to the West Coast.
WCA’s founders are looking to build up the East Coast MMA scene and take advantage of a void created by the demise of both the International Fight League and Elite Xtreme Combat, both of which promoted several major events in the Northeast region.
The promotion is also expected to rely on a management team that has vast experience in promoting MMA events in the past. When the WCA announces its launch later this week, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that three-time heavyweight kickboxing champion Derek Panza will serve as the promotion’s president. He is being to be joined by former Cage Fury Fighting Championship matchmaker Gary Marino along with former UFC and IFL Operations Manager Keith Evans.
The WCA’s first event is scheduled for February 6 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. and the promotion will be looking to promote four to six events a year. While the organization’s first event will be in New Jersey, there are plans already in place to expand into New York and Pennsylvania once MMA becomes regulated in the respective states.
While fights for the Feb. 6 event have yet to be confirmed, the card is expected to include some of the top fighters from the East Coast MMA scene. The WCA is also believed to be open with working with other partners in the MMA industry and that the organization is specifically looking to partner with local businesses in promoting its events.