In 1993 Mixed Martial Arts – or ‘cage fighting’ as it is often referred to – originated as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial art for real, unarmed combat situations. Fighters were matched against one another with few rules. It wasn’t long before the fighters learnt that if they wanted to compete among the best they needed to train in additional skills and disciplines. Fighters began to evolve in to well balanced athletes that could fight standing or on the ground. This blend of fighting styles and skills became known as Mixed Martial Arts – MMA.
With a strong passion for all things MMA, Rise of Champions is the brainchild of one of the UK’s most loved and well respected Mixed Martial Artists, Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett, and his experienced and highly respected trainer Mickey Papas. The two have worked together since the start of Brad’s career and wanted to establish a promotion that would nurture the next generation of highly evolved Mixed Martial Artists on their journey to the top.