“Are you serious…”
So I took last week off for one of the best weekends of my life.
First and foremost, I finally tied the knot with my long-time fiancé Lauren. It was a small wedding with some close family and friends at “Little White Wedding Chapel” in Las Vegas.
We spent the weekend in Las Vegas doing pretty much everything I love; I watched my son wrestle at a major tournament (Jace took second), I ate at Buffalo Wild Wings with great friends and I was able to go to UFC 137.
It’s one of the things that I love best about Lauren is that she loves the things I love. She never once complained that on her wedding night we moved our wedding to 11 p.m. so that I could go to the fights, while she stayed back at the hotel and got ready.
It’s great to have a person like that by your side. She understands the business and knows when my phone goes off at 3 or 4 a.m. that it is probably a fight manager or fighter.
My return from a great weekend was rough.
First thing this morning I received an email that Will Campuzano has pulled out of his fight with Ian McCall because of an injured rib and he didn’t feel he could train properly for such a high-profile fight.
Literally 20 minutes later, I get an email from Thomas Denny that he has to pull out with a hamstring injury.
Back to the grind we go, searching for the best possible replacement in two of our biggest fights on the card.
Each poses some different challenges for us.
In replacing Campuzano, we have to find a fight that makes sense for McCall, who is ranked No. 1 in the World.
Most of the top 10 flyweights are not available at this point. It will be a difficult task to find a fight that is great for the card and MMA fans, but also makes sense for McCall.
We had the toughest time in the making of this fight card to find and opponent for Fabricio Camoes, so I’m sure replacing Denny will be difficult.
It’s been an emotional roller-coaster for me the last few days, but I’m back in the office and doing work.
Tonight I will get a bit of a break from my frustrations and do something I really enjoy. I get to step in and co-host for Cage Radio’s MMA Hour with Jon Motsenbocker.
Things like writing this blog and the radio show are big stress relievers for me. I get to do something I love which is media work.
You can check me out tonight at 6 p.m. (PST) at www.cageradio.com.
I will be back later in the week to fill you in on any updates on the fight card and how the show is developing.
“The Project Files” by Jeremy Luchau is a weekly blog series here at ProMMAnow.com which gives readers an inside look into the life of an MMA promoter. It is part of our ongoing series of exclusive content written by individuals involved in the mixed martial arts industry.