Breaking through all the noise and getting people to notice you in MMA can be a pretty big pain in the ass for fighters. But Urijah Faber and Phil Davis want to change that with the first ever MMA Draft, based off the NFL Scouting Combine.
MMADraft.com came about from the idea that we needed to create opportunities for amateur MMA athletes. We want to document the hard work and accomplishments of amateurs so that when they decide to turn pro, they will have a history of their career. MMA Draft will become the premier platform for amateurs to promote themselves. In addition, we offer a variety of resources to Prospects, including info on what is going on in the amateur MMA world and forums to talk with your fellow fans and prospects. MMA Draft understands that the martial arts is growing at an enormous rate and we plan to evolve with the disciplines and its athletes.
MMADraft.com is looking at kids very early in their careers. We want to find the next superstar in Mixed Martial Arts. We want to see the dedicated Amateurs at a young age, that are putting in the hard work in Karate, BJJ, Grappling, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Boxing, etc. We want parents to come on, and let us know that their child is enjoying the sport and learning. MMA Draft is building a platform for you to show the world your talents. MMA Draft also works with Managers, Sponsors, Promotions and Organizations throughout the nation looking for up and coming talent.
Their first event is going to take place at the July UFC Fan Expo and feature a bunch of public athletic tests to show off up and coming fighter skills. It will be interesting to see who shows up and the kind of talent that ends up being discovered through this. I think we can all agree the current system is probably leaving a bunch of potential future stars stuck languishing in the minor leagues with no clear idea of how to move up in the world. At the very least it sounds like MMADraft.com wants to connect these guys with people who know the sport and how to navigate it successfully.