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Former UFC staff member Burt Watson starts MMA promotion company

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Burt Watson, a beloved backstage figure at UFC events, now has his own MMA promotion company.

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There is no denying that Burt Watson was one of the most beloved backstage figures in the UFC. Dubbed as “The Babysitter for the Stars”, Watson parted ways with the company in 2015 due to some grievances from his end.

Now, the 69-year-old has come a long way since leaving the UFC, as he now runs his own promotion company. Per, Burt Watson Promotions is set to begin holding events this spring in Florida, aptly named “We Rollnn MMA.” The first fight card will take place on June 15th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Fort Lauderdale.

With this new venture in place, Watson’s primary goal is to introduce up-and-coming fighters who can turn into future superstars.

“Every fighter started somewhere, and every champion was once a prospect,” Watson said via a press release. “My goal with Burt Watson Promotions is to introduce these future superstars to the public, and with my years of experience, show them what it takes to compete on the highest level of the sport.

“I want to give fans a world-class product, and preparing each fighter for the bright lights of the next level is what I do. The combination of competitive fights and great fan support is the only way to get that done, and I’m excited to start this new chapter.”

Watson worked as the UFC’s site coordinator for 14 years, where he was tasked to take care of all fighter-related logistics, from weigh-in schedules, pre-fight briefings, all the way to the walk-out.