King of the Cage has done a great job promoting events in the Midwest and at Lake of the Torches specifically
Minocqua, WI (Vocus) March 23, 2010
Lac du Flambeau’s Lake of the Torches Resort Casino just added more star power to its already successful mixed martial arts events. The casino, along with host promotion King of the Cage, has announced the affiliation of KOTC and high-profile promoter and fighter manager, Monte Cox, for the casino’s events.
Monte Cox is regarded as “The Godfather” of MMA and is considered to be one of the most influential figures in the sport today and in the sport’s history. Over the past 14 years no one has promoted more MMA events (nearly 600) or managed more UFC champions (seven) than Cox.
His current stable of fighters totals nearly 60, with more than half of those fighting at the highest levels of the sport – King of the Cage, the UFC, Strikeforce, and Dream. Cox’s premiere fighters include Rich Franklin, Robbie Lawler, Eddie Alvarez, Sean Sherk, Tim Sylvia, Jens Pulver, Jeremy Horn, Dustin Hazelett, Ben Rothwell, Travis Wiuff and Houston Alexander. Cox began his career managing legendary champions Pat Miletich and Matt Hughes.
“King of the Cage has done a great job promoting events in the Midwest and at Lake of the Torches specifically,” Cox said. “I think it is, without a doubt, the top event in the state. Now, we will use our contacts, fighters and promotional team to bring the current and future stars of the sport to the area.”
King of the Cage President Terry Trebilcock and Cox have been long-time friends and have often looked for opportunities to join forces. “Terry and I started in MMA about the same time and we've known each other for a long time. There’s a lot of mutual respect and we’ve often talked about working together on projects,” Cox said. “I’m excited about this and I know with the two of us behind it great things will follow.”
Often sourced in the mainstream media about MMA, Cox has been quoted and featured in Sports Illustrated, Fight! Magazine, Full Contact Fighter, the New York Times and countless other newspapers in the U.S. He was listed as one of the most influential people in MMA by ESPN. “No one will dispute that Monte is No. 1. He’s the Gold Standard,” UFC matchmaker Joe Silva said. “I’ve had other promoters tell me ‘Monte Cox is who I aspire to be.”
“The staff and management of the casino are very excited to have Monte Cox involved with the production of our shows in Wisconsin,” said Michael J. Broderick, Director of Marketing at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino. “With his experience combined with his huge network of world–class fighters our fans in Wisconsin are assured to see some spectacular matchups in our upcoming shows.”
King of the Cage’s next event at Lake of the Torches is Saturday, April 24, and will feature a four-man 155-pound tournament completed over two events. In the opening round, UFC veteran Joe Jordan of Iowa takes on KOTC’s No. 2 ranked lightweight Clay French of Illinois. In the other bout, Wisconsin’s top-rated lightweight James Warfield (17-5) faces Minnesota’s Travis Perzynski (11-4).
Situated on the shores of Pokegama Lake and nestled in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino has a feel of a classic Northern retreat and reflects its Ojibwe culture and heritage. The casino has over 800 slot machines (including a high-limit and non-smoking area), 12 blackjack tables, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, and three poker tables, a high-stakes Bingo Hall seating up to 500 persons, the Game Time Grill and the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant. The hotel has 101 well–appointed rooms, the Dancing Waters Lounge and the Woodland Oasis pool area. The 8,500 square-foot Convention Center with the Hall of Nations offers an outstanding venue for entertainment, receptions, trade shows, meetings, presentations and seminars. It is proudly owned and operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
More information on upcoming events at Lake of the Torches is available at http://www.lakeofthetorches.com.