Manager to the UFC and mixed martial arts stars, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, was a guest on Thursday’s edition of the 1st Quarter‘s MMA segment on 102.5 FM The Game (Nashville Sports Radio).
Robinson discussed how he got into fighter management and how he made the transition from the PR side of things. Robinson works with such fighters as Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans, Jake Shields, Miguel Torres, Melvin Guillard and the list goes on.
There has been some debate recently about fighter management after “Shogun” Rua left his longtime manager and said the UFC had made it clear the fighters did not need a manager. Robinson addressed the issue:
“I don’t really know what was going on with Shogun and his manager, but for anyone that doesn’t think they need a manager, they’ve never actually received the services of a proper manager. A proper manager does so much for you, they not only take pressure off your plate, but they help you figure out what you’re going to do when the sport’s all over. So with Rashad, Rashad wants to get into acting and a number of other things and we’re helping him with that. And someone else wants to write a book and we’re helping them with that. A good manager does a lot more than just arrange the next fight. So if all your manager is doing is arranging your next fight then Shogun’s right, you don’t need a manager just to say, ‘Hey, your fight’s on such and such day.’ We do the typical stuff such as handle sponsorships and what not but there’s a lot more that goes into it.”
Robinson went on to talk about how corrupt managers have affected people’s perception, but also pointed out a lot of the bad ones have been weeded out. He also touched on Alistair Overeem’s situation with Golden Glory and gave a prediction on Rashad Evans’ upcoming title bout with Jon Jones. Listen to the entire interview with Glenn Robinson below.
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