A Fond Farewell

March 11, 2011

I would like to announce that I will be leaving my post as Managing Editor of MMAPayout.com effective this afternoon.

The last three years have been a great experience. MMA Payout has provided me with an opportunity to stay active in MMA while going back to school, help build a niche MMA news authority, and form many great relationships along the way. I have written many articles – close to 800, I believe. While I could not possibly pick a favorite, I have linked to a few below that I really enjoyed writing.

The time has now come to focus on my career. I will graduate in June with an MBA from the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. Then I will look to work full-time in the MMA industry; seeking to aid in the growth and ascension of this sport we all love.

I must thank Adam Swift for providing me with this wonderful opportunity. I’d be remiss if I did not thank Jose Mendoza and Jason Cruz for their tremendous contributions over the last year. Of course, I also owe a very large thank you to our very loyal and enthusiastic community of readers for all of their support. Thank you all.

If any of you would like to keep in touch, please do not hesitate to drop me an e-mail or catch me on Twitter @KelseyPhilpott.



June 2009 – The Case for the Legalization of MMA
October 12, 2009 – Fighter Sponsorships and Assessing ROI
August 2009, October 2010 – Coverage of the UFC-WEC Merger
January 26, 2010 – UFC Can’t Afford 200 Millionaires
June 3, 2010 – AMP Energy’s Hometown Takedown
October 12, 2010 – The UFC’s Challenges in China


17 Responses to “A Fond Farewell”

  1. Justin Klein on March 11th, 2011 12:04 PM

    Good luck Kelsey in your future endeavors!

  2. Adam Swift on March 11th, 2011 12:09 PM

    I’d like to take the opportunity to publicly thank Kelsey for all his contributions to this website. It’s been an honor to work with him and his work speaks for itself. Best of luck and continued success.

  3. Jason Moles on March 11th, 2011 12:22 PM

    Thank you for giving us all insight and perspective on all of the hot stories of the day.

  4. jv on March 11th, 2011 12:31 PM

    I’m sorry to see Kelsey leave but happy for him, in that he is taking another step in his career.

  5. Jose Mendoza on March 11th, 2011 12:43 PM


    You will be missed bud! Make sure to stop once in a while and share your insight as always. Good luck in your future endeavors and keep up the great work!

  6. Machiel Van on March 11th, 2011 12:58 PM


  7. Machiel Van on March 11th, 2011 1:02 PM

    Thank you for all of your insights and contributions. You will be missed:(

    Ugh, first WVR loses Don Quixote, and now this. This is a dark day for the MMA landscape.

  8. Machiel Van on March 11th, 2011 1:03 PM

    *Quijote* spelling fail.

  9. Nick on March 11th, 2011 2:10 PM

    For what little value my opinion holds, I think you this site has become more than just a niche MMA site. You guys put up more valuable analysis of all the business aspects of MMA than just about all the other sites combined. You have become the CNBC/Fox Business of MMA, which I consider more than just a niche.

  10. Jason Cruz on March 11th, 2011 2:24 PM


    Good luck! Its been great working with you. I’m sure we’ll be quoting something from you down the road. 🙂


  11. BrainSmasher on March 11th, 2011 2:53 PM

    I really enjoyed your articles and respected your analysis. MMA Payout has lost a valuable asset. I wish you the best of luck in the future!

  12. Matt C. on March 11th, 2011 4:53 PM

    Thank you for all your work. Good luck in your future.

  13. Jose Mendoza on March 11th, 2011 5:06 PM

    Hope you are feeling all this love Kelsey! 😉

  14. Danny on March 11th, 2011 6:18 PM

    Great work Kelsey!

  15. HarmlessNinja on March 13th, 2011 10:49 AM

    Thanks for all your work over the last few years. This site has benefited a lot from your work. Best of luck in the future.

  16. Robert Pittman Sr. on March 14th, 2011 11:32 AM


    I wish you the very best and would welcome a call to discuss what we have going this year and see if there might be a fit.

    President / CEO
    MMA Worldwide

  17. Kelsey Philpott on March 14th, 2011 1:21 PM

    I am humbled. Thanks for all the kind words!

    How about this weekend, eh? I leave the website and the biggest story of the year hits the very next day. Good thing Jose and Jason are on point!


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