LONDON, United Kingdom: Heavy Duty Fight Management and Jackson Wink Athlete Management have signed an exclusive deal that will see the 2 entities merge combat sport athlete operations on every major continent with immediate effect.
Heavy Duty Fight Management CEO Jason Van entering an exciting new phase of athlete management Schalkwyk commented: “We are with this new partnership. The team at Jackson Wink has been involved at the very top of combat sports for many years & produced some of the very best athletes to ever compete in mixed martial arts. This partnership will not only continue to create a pathway to every major global mixed martial arts promotion for our athletes, but it will also see us break new ground into other areas of combat sport such as Boxing, Muay Thai & BareKnuckle Boxing.”
President of Athlete Management & Director of Athlete Development Jeffrey Chavez commented, for Jackson Wink: “We are extremely pleased to get this deal over the line with Heavy Duty Fight Management. We believe this is the first deal where 2 major combat sports athlete management entities have come together for the better good of the athletes they represent. It was also important that we found a partner who shared the same core values as Jackson Wink for us to confidently move forward on an agreement like this. These are exciting times for everyone involved in this partnership as we look to build on our joint successes & expand our global reach into new territories.”
While continuing to focus on territories where both teams already have a strong presence, the plan will be to look to implement strategies for key territories such as Africa, Australasia & Asia for athlete management & athlete development.
The foundations are well & truly in place for the new team to create something unique for athletes across a whole range of combat sports disciplines in the coming years.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.