Tim "The American Hero" Kennedy
is one of the best known and most admired fighters in the UFC. Kennedy is one of the very few elite level MMA athletes to ever simultaneously serve full-time in the United States Army while also fighting professionally. For many years, Kennedy has maintained his position as one of the top ten ranked middleweight stars in the UFC, while serving in the military and while becoming a wildly popular television star. Kennedy’s television show Hunting Hitler on the History channel has received rave reviews and tremendous viewer response. All of this while compiling an 18 win-5 loss career in arguably the toughest and deepest division in the UFC with major wins against some of the greatest middleweights in history.
Tim is a Sergeant First Class with the 7th Special Forces Group of the US Army and is still part of the most elite section of the Special Forces. Tim worked directly in the Middle East after 9/11, and he and his team were on the ground actively tracking the movements–and the eventual capture–of al-Qaeda leaders Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden, giving him first-hand insight into the type of actions high-value targets utilize when attempting to evade capture.
Kennedy is currently part of the “Special Forces Detachment Unit” which pools the most elite military minds from the Army, Navy, and Air Force Special Forces to create an unparalleled intelligence and tracking force.
In addition to his work in the Middle East, South America was another of Kennedy’s areas of focus with the Special Forces and he spent many months on the ground in Argentina. Among Kennedy’s multiple awards is the Army’s Bronze Star Medal, which was awarded for his valor under fire.
As an active, Ranger qualified, Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other locations around the globe, Tim Kennedy is not just one of the top mixed martial arts fighters at his weight in the UFC, he is also a true American hero. Tim has two beautiful daughters.
is widely regarded as Mixed Martial Arts biggest star. Often referred to as the “Michael Jordan of MMA”, GSP is a 12-time UFC welterweight world champion and holds black belts in Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Outside the octagon, Georges has numerous blue-chip endorsement partners, has starred in multiple feature films and has truly transcended the sport.
During his childhood in St-Isidore, Quebec, a town of just 2,000 people, Georges was bullied for years by older schoolmates. His father introduced him to karate at age 7 and told Georges, “life isn’t like a movie, you can do all the karate you want, when you’re eight or nine-years-old and they’re 12, when you’re alone and there’s three of them, you can’t do anything. That’s the reality.”
Georges took his father’s warning to heart and earned his first black belt at 12, dedicating himself to a lifetime of martial arts and training. After seeing Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at UFC 1, Georges knew his life path and pursued the realization of those goals with everything he had; investing every waking hour to become a better version of himself. When he wasn’t training or at school, Georges worked as a doorman in nightclubs, or hung off the back of a garbage truck, hauling refuse. Georges discovered a simple truth: never stopping is the key to reaching goals.
A teenage phenom, Georges added mastery of boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his karate background and competed in his first amateur bout at age 16. He won that match. And, in 2006 he became the UFC Welterweight Champion. He lost the title in 2007 but subsequently regained it in front of his hometown fans of Montreal in 2008 and hasn’t lost a single title defense since then.
Widely recognized as one of the planet's best pound-for-pound MMA fighters and all-around athletes, Georges lives in Montreal but travels the world as the world’s foremost ambassador of MMA. Georges current MMA record is 25 wins against just 2 losses. Georges owns the record for the most all time consecutive welterweight world title defenses (9), was the all-around Canadian athlete of the year for three straight years, and has been awarded countless Fighter of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Most dangerous MMA fighter awards.
Tyler Jeffrey "T.J." Dillashaw
The recent UFC Bantamweight Champion is currently the #13 all around ranked fighter in the UFC’s pound-for-pound official rankings and he is ranked the #2 bantamweight in the world.
Dillashaw was born in Sonora, California, where he was a standout high school wrestler. Following high school, TJ attended State Fullerton on a wrestling scholarship where he was a three time NCAA tournament qualifier.
Transitioning to the world of professional MMA under the tutelage of top MMA fighter Mark Munoz, TJ moved his professional record to a perfect 4–0 before trying out for the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter television show.
Dillashaw faced Mike Easton on January 15, 2014. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Working his way up the ranks, TJ faced then champion (and top 5 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world) Renan Barao in May, 2014, soundly beating the champion by TKO in the 5th round to become world champion in what top industry professionals (Joe Rogan) called the “Greatest performance I have ever seen in my life”. TJ defended his world title against Barao in 2015 again via TKO.
TJ is married to Rebecca, his wife of two years. TJ has received numerous Fight of the Night awards and Performance of the Night awards.
is the two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and the most feared man in the UFC. In 2016, Cain was ranked as the #15 pound-for-pound fighter in the entire UFC and as the #2 heavyweight in the world.
Born in Salinas California to Efrain and Isabel Velasquez, Cain’s father, Efrain moved to the U.S.A. from Mexico as an illegal immigrant. Raised in Yuma, Arizona, Cain graduated from high school with an amazing record of 110–10 in four years of wrestling, including winning the 5A Arizona Wrestling Championship twice. Velasquez also played football. As a senior, he served as captain of both his wrestling and tackle football teams.
Cain attended Arizona State University where he wrestled for the Sun Devils for three seasons and compiled a record of 86–17, placing 5th in the country in 2005, and 4th in 2006.
Since making his MMA debut in 2006 Velasquez has defeated many of the greatest Heavyweight MMA fighters in history, including; Cheick Kongo, Shane Carwin, Brock Lesnar by 1st round knockout, former Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Norueira and Antonio Silva and Junior Dos Santos.
Cain speaks both English and Spanish and has been a guest star on the Spanish-language television networks Telemundo and Univision as well as on Mexico's Televisa Deportes. In addition to his Spanish-language TV appearances, Cain has also been a featured guest on the TBS late night show Lopez Tonight.
Velasquez is known for sporting a prominent "Brown Pride" tattoo on his upper chest. He says this tattoo is a tribute to his Mexican heritage. Cain and his wife Michelle are parents to daughter Coral.
Cain holds the record for the most knockouts of any fighter in UFC Heavyweight history and has been named the MMA fighter of the year. Cain is expected to challenge to re-take his Heavyweight title in early 2017.
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone
The former UFC Lightweight Championship contender and current #5 ranked Welterweight contender is currently riding a three fight win streak as he looks to challenge for a title again in 2017.
Cowboy was born in Denver, Colorado, where he began professional bull riding while in high school. During his sophomore year, Cowboy was introduced to kickboxing and taekwondo before transitioning to a professional Muay Thai career.
Cowboy began training at the world renowned Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gym under the watchful eye of top MMA trainer Greg Jackson. After winning his first five professional fights, Cowboy was featured on Tapout, an MMA focused television series on Versus, where he would go on to win his bout by submission and improve his record to 6-0.
Cowboy would then go on to fight under the WEC umbrella where he challenged for the Lightweight title three times while also being awarded Fight of the Night five times. Since joining the UFC, Cowboy has amassed an 18-4 record, which includes an eight fight win streak as well twelve Performance of the Night bonuses. Cowboy is the first fighter on UFC roster to be awarded Bonus payments in all four possible categories (Fight, Knockout, Performance & Submission of The Night).
Bjorn Rebney is a leading worldwide authority on the creation and development of professional sports businesses, leagues, teams and athletes. In 2007, Rebney founded and launched Bellator Fighting Championships which he grew from the concept stage to a premier worldwide sports entertainment brand and ultimately into the 2nd most successful MMA promotion in the sports history. As Bellator Chairman and CEO, he directed worldwide brand development and marketing, domestic and global television distribution, operations, talent procurement, legal, event orchestration and sponsorship.
Bellator’s initial success in the highly competitive Mixed Martial Arts (“MMA”) industry stemmed from Rebney’s vision to develop a highly differentiated business model. A model that created for the first time, real sports competition in fighting sports, through tournament based competition, instead of the antiquated “matchmaking” model that had ruled combat sports (boxing and MMA) since their infancy. While procuring early round financing to launch the business, Rebney simultaneously negotiated and contracted domestic television distribution for the company’s first season with ESPN Desportes. He followed up the successful launch on ESPN by securing domestic distribution for seasons 2 and 3 through NBC, Fox Sports Network, Telemundo & Mun2. This large scale distribution alliance led to an alliance with MTV2 (a Viacom owned network) and the sale of a majority stake in his company to Viacom and then culminated in Rebney structuring a long-term partnership with Spike TV.
Rebney developed and oversaw an elite team of close to 100 employees (including seasonal event employees) who worked hand-in-hand with him to build the business. Rebney negotiated and secured exclusive long-term promotional agreements with hundreds of fighters throughout the world; solicited, secured and then orchestrated large-scale sponsorship alliances with Miller Brewing, Dave & Busters, Victory Motorcycles, Monster Energy, The Army National Guard, Everlast and many others; developed and contracted tens of millions of dollars in international television distribution alliances to over 140 countries worldwide, including Fox Sports Latin America, Russia 2, OSN in the Mena region; and, procured multi-year live event venue alliances with many of the world’s top casinos, including Mohegan Sun, Caesars, Winstar and over 40 additional casinos and venues.
From 2009 to 2014, in addition to serving as Bellator’s Chairman and CEO, Rebney also executive produced every televised Bellator event. Rebney executive produced over 120 nationally and internationally televised Bellator events, establishing him in an elite group of accomplished and experienced executive producers in sports television during that period. His events on Spike TV in 2013 – 2014 generated ratings breakthroughs every season, and set records for MMA televised event audiences on cable television in 2013.
In May 2014, Rebney created, developed and executive produced Bellator’s first Pay-Per-View event. The event generated a six figure buy rate with US consumers and was the most successful non-UFC MMA Pay-Per-View event in Pay-Per-View history.
Rebney initiated, structured and contracted the sale of a majority stake in his company to Viacom in 2011, coupled with securing a long-term domestic television distribution alliance with Viacom’s Spike TV. In June 2014, with Bellator established as the second largest Mixed Martial Arts brand in the history of the sport and with substantially differing views with Bellator’s majority owner (Viacom) of what direction the company should follow, Rebney sold his remaining shares in Bellator to Viacom and exited the company.
A California native, Rebney is a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation generating financial contributions for the charity. He was a full scholarship athlete (football) at Ohio University, where he received several scholar athlete awards throughout his collegiate career as well as his Sports Business Master’s degree. Rebney has his Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law and is licensed to practice in California. Rebney, his wife and two children live in Southern California.