Daigle is praising MMA’s popularity

As mixed martial arts continue to
grow globally, the Cayman Islands can look forward to another top Ultimate
Fighting Championship fighter coming here soon.

Thanks to the efforts of the well
connected karate instructor Bob Daigle, on 16 October the former two-time UFC
heavyweight champion Frank Mir will teach two seminars in George Town, at the
D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium.

Daigle said; “We are pleased to
announce that the marque sponsor for this event is our national airline Cayman
Airways. We are very excited to have Cayman Airways support for these seminars.
Not only is this good for our growing mixed martial arts programme in Grand
Cayman and Cayman Brac, our sponsors benefit as well. There is a small group of
people planning on purchasing plane tickets from Las Vegas to visit Cayman for
this trip.

“If you are a mixed martial arts
fan, we encourage you to attend these seminars. It’s your chance to get up
close with one of the biggest stars in the UFC. I watched Frank teach at his
Suffer Gym in Las Vegas and his passion and enthusiasm for teaching was
amazing. You don’t have to be a MMA fighter to benefit from these seminars. Everyone
from beginners to advanced will be able to learn something useful from these
seminars.”

The seminars will be open to the
general public for males and female ages 13 and over. Mir, 31, will be teaching
a Muay Thai kickboxing seminar in the morning and a Brazilian jujitsu seminar
in the afternoon.

“It is amazing how much one can
learn in two hours,” Daigle said. “At the end of the seminar students will also
enjoy asking Frank questions about his fights and the UFC. If you are a UFC fan
and would like to meet Mir, one of our major sponsors, Hard Rock Cafe, will be
hosting an autograph and picture taking session at their restaurant on Saturday
16 October. Frank will be available to meet his fans for pictures and
autographs. We encourage UFC fans to support Hard Rock for making this
possible.

“We are also pleased that Bud Light
will be one of our major sponsors for this event. They are one of the major
sponsors of the UFC and have been supportive in our efforts to promote the
sport here. We would also like to thank Red Bull, Pure Health and FAST Defense
for their continued support.”

Daigle is almost at the end of a
two-month trip to the US to promote MMA in Cayman and network with all the
sport’s movers and shakers.

He said some of the highlights of
the trip include watching UFC 118 on Saturday in Boston with fellow martial
arts fan David Reid. This event was the first ever UFC in Massachusetts and was
completely sold out, bringing in over $7 million into the Boston economy.

“While we were at the UFC Fan Expo
we met one of ESPN TV’s hosts and discussed the possibility of a small crew
visiting Cayman to shoot a video in the near future of a UFC star touring the
island being interviewed as well as shooting video interviews of Cayman’s up
and coming MMA fighters. We will work hard to make this happen,” Daigle said.
“Herb Dean the No.1 referee for the UFC expressed interest in travelling with
his family to help train referees and to be a special guest referee at one of
our future amateur shows.

“While I was in Las Vegas, Mir’s
brother Larry invited me to the Tuff-N-Uff amateur MMA championships at the
Orleans Hotel. Tuff-N-Nuff MMA fighting championships are the No.1 amateur promotion
in the US. They are regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and are
the final stop for MMA fighters before they turn pro. I had a meeting with
Barry and Jeff Meyer, the owners of Tuff-N-Uff, and they are very keen in
working with us to help build our amateur programme. We plan on sending our
fighters to their shows and they are eager to send their amateurs to Grand
Cayman to compete. Tuff-N-Uff is about to secure a TV deal to be shown in over
35 million homes, according to Meyer.

“We would like to thank Jude Scott
and the Scott family for their support for this trip. Their sponsorship helped
make it possible for my stay in Las Vegas and in Boston. Without this support
we would not have been able to accomplish so much in this short time. The seeds
planted on this trip will advance our amateur MMA programme years ahead of
where it is now. Not only will this encourage our youth in Grand Cayman and
Cayman Brac to participate in athletics, it will give Cayman tremendous media
exposure. Whenever we talked about the Cayman Islands during this trip,the
number one thing we heard was, we plan on bringing our family.

For more information about the
Frank Mir seminars contact us at [email protected]

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