A longtime dream is coming true for me this weekend, and you can see it live.
On Sunday, August 14, the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes to Milwaukee for their first event in Wisconsin history. This is the largest MMA event the state has ever seen, and it’ll be broadcast (for free) to a global audience of millions. The fights will be fantastic, the show will be spectacular, and I will be in attendance.
I haven’t talked about this very much online, but for the past year, I’ve been working with our MMA & Boxing Commission in addition to my day job, assisting with events all over the state. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time; I brought with me 16 years of MMA knowledge, a psychotic work ethic (60 hour work weeks are the norm), and a nonchalant attitude towards living out of my suitcase in casino hotels for days at a time (one time, the Missus came along, which was nice).
It’s easily the best job I’ve ever had. In fact, besides writing, it’s the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do full time. I’ve ran events in some of the biggest (and most remote) parts of the state, seen crowds of thousands (and dozens), and facilitated shows from top-to-bottom. I’ve been privy to riots, severe injuries, shady promoters and a road diet consisting of casino food and Sour Patch Kids. I did this knowing that it would all lead to the ultimate goal of working a UFC event, which is finally coming to fruition. I’ve earned it, and I look forward to it immensely.
I won’t get into my duties, the rules of MMA or anything like that. What I will tell you is that you can see me do my job on SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 at 8PM EASTERN/7PM CENTRAL on VERSUS NETWORK. I’ll be busy all this weekend, so remember to follow me at twitter.com/RyanZeinert and facebook.com/ryanzeinert so you don’t miss a thing.
Sound off in the comments section if you have any questions. Can’t wait.