Interview With WCF’s Joseph Cavallaro

World Championship Fighting

You have to admit that it takes a lot of soul searching, a lot of planning, some sacrifice and probably a lot of belief in yourself to leave a steady and good-paying gig with a top PC systems company to start your own mixed martial arts company.  Yet that is exactly what Joseph Cavallaro did as he left Sun Microsystems to start the World Championship Fighting organization.  As with any entrepreneur, there will be bumps in the road and the responsibilities that come with being the head honcho of a company.  In an interview with’s Jack Encarnacao, Cavallaro talks about how he got into the fight game; below are some excerpts from the interview: What about the third event is getting you excited?
Cavallaro: The fights are going to be great.  Rich Moskowitz and Mike Campbell should be an incredible fight.  Moskowitz is 10-4.  He’s a phenom out of this area.  He’s actually out of New Hampshire.  He’s a real, real good wrestler.  Campbell’s an unbelievable striker.  He’s 4-0.  Everybody says he’s the best striker in New England.  So it’s going to be that age-old question: Can Moskowitz get him down and ground-and-pound him, or will Mike Campbell be able to keep it standing and try to knock him out?

That was the one we were actually going to do for the “Tapout” show [Campbell was to be featured on an episode of the “Tapout” show on Versus].  I don’t know if you heard, but Mask had surgery on his back.  So they called me, they wanted to postpone the event.  I said, “Guys, I’d love to have you, but I can’t postpone the event.”  We’ve already sold a ton of tickets, and everybody’s planning on going.  Obviously Mask is hurting, and we’re hoping he gets better right away and maybe they can come out for the September show. What’s behind HDNet, ESPN and NBC coming in to film at the show?
Cavallaro: With the popularity of the sport, everybody wants a piece of it.  HDNet’s coming in with their “Inside MMA” program, which is covering basically the entire event.  It’s actually a pretty cool program.  It’s one of my favorite ones to watch.  NBC Sports, they came out to our last show when Dana was there, and I think that’s what sparked their interest.  They enjoyed the show and they said they’d like to come out and maybe do some stuff, follow some of the guys.  We’re going to get Danny [Lauzon] some exposure on that one.  ESPN is actually going to come out and do something on Danny also.  They’re going to incorporate it into a story that they’re doing.  It’s just about mixed martial arts in general.  I think with the Celtics winning and all that stuff, everybody is just running around in circles and this event has been tough to get anybody to take any notice as far as media from Boston.  On the national stage, we’re getting a ton.

For more of this interview, click here.

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