the most meaningful time in my MMA career-BAMMA USA CEO Brett Roberts
Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
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Tim ‘Skyskrape’ Katz, another original founder of the TapouT apparel company, was on hand for the dedication ceremony. As ‘Skyscrape’ addressed the over-capacity crowd, he stated that this was “only the second organization” in the world to bestow such a “great honor” on their fallen friend ‘Mask’. In 2009, shortly after Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis’ accidental death, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was the first MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) organization to perform the tribute. The UFC and BAMMA USA are the only two organizations worldwide who’s tribute is officially approved by the original ‘TapouT Crew’. BAMMA USA CEO Brett Roberts described the ceremony as “the most meaningful time in my MMA career. (I am) honored and blessed to know ‘Skyskrape’ and ‘Punkass’ from TapouT.” Badbeat 6 was telecast live on the BAMMA USA New LiveStream channel to an estimated audience of over 100,000. Replays of the fights as well as the dedication ceremony are viewable by clicking the “Watch Badbeat 6 Replay” button on the BAMMA USA website homepage.
Charles David Lewis, Jr. is better known to millions by his nickname ‘Mask’. He excelled as a businessman, promoter and entertainer during his lifetime. ‘Mask’ was one of the original founders of the TapouT apparel company. In 1997, alongside his two friends ‘Skyskrape’ and ‘Punkass’, they began selling MMA apparel out of the back of their car at local shows. Within 10 years, the company reported revenues of over $22 million and within 2 years after that, it reported over $220 million in revenue. Well known in the MMA community, ‘Mask’ reached a much larger audience when the TapouT television series began airing in 2007. The reality show followed the TapouT Crew as they traveled the country looking for fighters to sponsor and promote their company. Charles’ accidental death in 2009 sent shockwaves throughout the sport. His contribution to the popularity of MMA was so significant that the UFC posthumously inducted ‘Mask’ into its Hall of Fame just months after his passing. To date, Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis remains the only non-fighter in the UFC Hall of Fame.
About BAMMA USA
BAMMA USA is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotional company specializing in creating live entertainment featuring both professional and amateur combatants. Currently stationed out of Southern California, BAMMA USA promotes the area’s top local talent from mixed martial arts gyms such as CSW, Knuckleheadz Boxing & MMA, Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA, Kings MMA, PKG, Joker’s MMA/Lightning MMA, The Bodyshop, Reign Training Center, Total MMA Studios, Cobra Kai, Gracie Morumbi, Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, The Arena, Subfighter MMA, as well as many others. BAMMA USA is Southern California’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization providing the area with events monthly and opportunities to professional and amateur athletes.
Past and current fighters who have worked with BAMMA USA founder Brett Roberts include: Mike ‘Joker’ Guymon, Vladimir ‘The Janitor’ Matyushenko, Joseph ‘Leonidas’ Henle, Georgi Karakhanyan, Gabe ‘Godzilla’ Ruediger, Jason Lambert, Chad ‘The Savage’ George, Albert Rios, ‘The Real Deal’ Chris Beal, Jack ‘The Outlaw’ May, Jared ‘The Jackhammer’ Papazian, and more…
While the promotion prides themselves on their motto: “Keep Moving Forward“ the ultimate passion for BAMMA USA is to create an environment in which fighters are truly valued.
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