Charles Champion Interview, Part 2

Yesterday, Octagon Buzz posted Part 1 of an interview with Charles Champion, the newly appointed chairman of Pro Elite (parent company of EliteXC); today is part 2 of the interview with Sam Caplan of FiveOuncesOfPain.com.  In the second part, Champion answers questions regarding what MMA needs to go to the next level, whether EliteXC will go after established MMA fighters or up-and-comers, about whether the promotion can make it without pay-per-view revenue, what the future holds for EliteXC and much more.  Below are some excerpts from part 2 of the interview:

Sam Caplan: The sport has come a long way but there are those who believe it has the potential to grow further. Doing things such as reality television like the UFC has done and going on primetime network television such as EliteXC has done, those have been two tremendous things that have happened to grow the sport. What are some other things you feel either need to happen or would like to see happen in order for the sport to go to the next level?

Chuck Champion: A couple of things. I think it’s going to take additional broadcast television (and) more events on broadcast TV to continue to promote and spread the sport. I think that we can do a better job amongst and in between — because there is no cooperation amongst and in between all the organizations out there — to promote the positive aspects of the sport (and) to work together. There are things that we can do collectively, together, to promote anti-violence, for example. And really positive agendas that position us as a good corporate citizen that in essence, a concept of “keep it in the cage,” that’s where all of this should be done (and) not outside of the cage.

I think we can do a lot more in that regard to help our “image” of this just being a bunch of brawlers just getting in and kicking the living hell out of each other. One senator said a long time ago the famous remark about it being “human cockfighting.” It’s anything but that. And we just haven’t done a good job of promoting the fact that these guys are star athletes; these are some of the best-trained human beings on the face of the Earth. If you look at the end of the events, after two guys or two girls go out it as hard as they have, and the sportsmanship that they show… it’s all about discipline and it’s all about that culture. And we don’t do enough to promote that and educate people for that. I think that there’s a lot more we can do cooperatively on that front.

There’s a time for us to compete with one another and then there’s a time for us to cooperate in the best interest of this sport, which will only lead to every one’s economic viability and thrivance moving forward. Again, it’s around education and it’s around inner-cooperation and it’s around promoting that. And then it’s getting in front of more eyeballs a lot faster than we have in the past.

For the rest of Part 2 of this interview, please click here

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