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


Oregon’s Law School to Host MMA Panel at Conference

January 27, 2011

The University of Oregon’s Sports and Entertainment Law Forum is set to host the 2011 Sports and Entertainment Law Conference in Portland, Oregon on Friday, January 28th. This year’s conference will feature five different panels that focus on the business and law of the sports industry:

  • MMA: The Legal Aspects of an Emerging Sport
  • Sports Agents and NCAA Compliance Rules
  • Pacific Northwest Professional Sports
  • Sports Business and the Law
  • North(west) Hollywood: Entertainment and Music Law in the Northwest

The panel on MMA features a very notable and influential group of MMA business professionals, including:

  • Brad Darcy, the Executive Director of the Oregon State Athletic Commission.
  • Kenn Ellner, the Chief Legal Counsel at Strikeforce MMA.
  • Frank Mahar, the Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Counsel at Genesco Sports Enterprises
  • Steve Pacitti, a well-respected legal representative for over 20 fighters, including Georges St-Pierre.

MMAPayout’s own Kelsey Philpott will be moderating the 75 minute discussion which is slated to kickoff the conference at 9:00am on Friday at the University of Oregon’s White Stag building.

For more information on the conference, please visit the Oregon SELC website at www.oregonselc.com.

MMAPayout.com on Toronto Fan 590’s “The Showdown”

October 29, 2010

MMAPayout.com’s Kelsey Philpott sat down with Toronto Fan 590 Radio’s Showdown Joe Ferraro on Thursday, October 28 to discuss the UFC-WEC merger and UFC 121. Be sure to give it a listen and also stay on to hear from the UFC’s latest Canadian signing, Sean Pierson.

UFC 114 Coverage @ MMAPayout.com

May 26, 2010

The following UFC 114 media content will be available through MMAPayout.com this week according to the schedule below. Also, keep an eye out for other fight week promo material on ESPN and other networks.

  • UFC 114 press conference: Wednesday, May 26th @ 1PM PT
  • UFC 114 weigh-in: Friday, May 28th @ 4PM PT
  • UFC 114 post-fight press conference: Saturday, May 29th @ 10PM PT

Website Issues

May 13, 2010

We’re still experiencing security issues with the website as there seems to be a vulnerability in the network or wordpress. Please be advised that some systems are susceptible to the redirect currently popping up.

We’re doing our best to find a final solution. Bear with us!

MMAPayout.com on MMA Gospel Radio

April 29, 2010

Yesterday, MMAPayout.com sat down with Reverend Turk and Gary Friedman of MMA Gospel Radio to discuss a variety of topics related to the business of MMA:

  • The top earners in the sport
  • Fighter compensation as a whole
  • The economics of regional MMA promotions
  • What the fans can do to give back to MMA
  • etc.

Be sure to check it out while you’re in the car or at work.

WEC 48 Coverage @ MMAPayout.com

April 22, 2010

MMAPayout.com will be streaming a host of content for this weekend’s debut WEC PPV, WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber. All content can be viewed through this page. Here’s the schedule of events:

  • WEC 48 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, April 22 at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST).
  • WEC 48 weigh-in on Friday, April 23 at 4 PM PST (7 PM EST).
  • WEC 48 post-fight press conference on Saturday, April 24 at 10 PM PST (1 AM EST)

UFC 112 Post-Fight Press Conference

April 10, 2010

The fight week content that the UFC typically distributes live over the internet has been taped on account of UFC 112 being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This post-fight press conference was held earlier today:

UFC 112 Weigh-In Coverage

April 9, 2010

The fight week content that the UFC typically distributes live over the internet has been taped on account of UFC 112 being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The weigh-ins were held earlier today:

UFC 112 Pre-Fight Press Conference

April 7, 2010

The fight week content that the UFC typically distributes live over the internet has been taped on account of UFC 112 being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This pre-fight press conference was held earlier today:

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