In the no PED related news yesterday it was surprising to hear that Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan is resigning. The top European promotion met yesterday to discuss the 2015 schedule but were told by Boylan he was stepping down. This is truly unexpected news as the last two years have been somewhat successful for the promotion and has become one of the main European feeders to the UFC. From Graham, it was just time to move on to something new.
The Irish site the42.ie had a chance to speak with Graham on the decision and he had this to say, “It’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life so I have stepped down as CEO of Cage Warriors, but I’m very proud of what we achieved in the last four years,” Boylan revealed exclusively to The42.
“It’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life so I have stepped down as CEO of Cage Warriors, but I’m very proud of what we achieved in the last four years,” Boylan revealed exclusively to The42.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as CEO of a brilliant promotion. My team and I established the number one mixed martial arts organization in Europe, and I’m very thankful to every single person who played a part.”
Boylan took over the promotion in 2010 and was key in instituting the progress you see today. Right now there are many fighters in the UFC that have Boylan and Cage Warriors to thank as they helped launch them into the spotlight they are currently in. No one more notable than the "Notorious" Conor McGregor who at one time held multiple division titles for the promotion.
Even though he is stepping down Boylan does not plan on leaving the sport. He is managing the last man to beat the aforementioned McGregor Donegal’s Joseph Duffy who will be making his UFC next month at UFC 185 in Dallas. We are sure there are tons of opportunities in the near future for Boylan as he more than likely will be working for the UFC European division in some type of capacity in the next year ago.
With what he did for CWFC it’s almost a no brainer that the top company in the world would want him. There is no announcement on who will be replacing Boylan as of yet we but don’t see the promotion slowing down anytime soon.