King of the Cage

Posted: April 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

King of the Cage, also known as KOTC, is a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter based in Southern California. KOTC was founded in 1998 by Terry Trebilcock. KOTC features up and coming MMA stars as well as experienced combat fighters.
KOTC has promoted a majority of its events at Native American casinos throughout the United States. KOTC also promotes events in Canada and Australia. Many MMA superstars began their careers with KOTC including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Diego Sanchez, Paul Buentello, Joe Stevenson, Keith Jardine, Urijah Faber, The Ultimate Fighter 2 Heavyweight Winner and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, The Ultimate Fighter 6 winner Mac Danzig and now KOTC Canada’s very own Tim Hague who on May 23, 2009 won his UFC 98 debut against Patrick Barry.
In September of 2007, Mr. Trebilcock sold KOTC to ProElite. Two years later, in July of 2009, he reacquired 100% ownership of KOTC and simultaneously entered into a joint venture agreement with Mark Burnett Productions (“Survivor”, “Apprentice”, “Celebrity Apprentice” and “The Contender“) to begin the development of various reality television platforms for KOTC. Bully Beatdown, a Burnett produced program, is currently entering its second season on MTV and features many KOTC competitors. King of The Cage events are also broadcast on most national pay-per-view platforms.
On January 30, 2010, it was announced that KOTC would begin airing monthly shows on Mark Cuban‘s HDNet channel.[1] The initial deal was for 36 events to air. The announcers will be Michael Schiavello, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Maria Kanellis.

What is King of the Cage?

As the brainchild of Terry Trebilcock, King of the Cage first started promoting events almost ten years ago, when mixed martial arts, then known as No Holds Barred (NHB FIGHTING), was on the verge of extinction.

In the following years, Trebilcock would dodge bullets but steadily cultivate the promotion into what is now known as one of the largest MMA institutions in the world.

Today, King of the Cage is available on PPV / In Demand to over 50 million homes in more than 25 countries. KOTC is also viewed on Fox Sports Net, which broadcasts to over 200 million homes. King of the Cage is being aired no less than 178 days per calendar year. Through years of blood, sweat and tears, King of the Cage has proven to be an integral part in the evolution of Mixed Martial Arts. No other production has promoted more fights than King of the Cage.

KOTC has and continues to promote hundreds of shows throughout the world, including 17 of the United States and far-reaching countries such as: England, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia.

King of the Cage has been a career starter and builder for countless stars as: Forrest Griffin, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Krazy Horse, Keith Berry, Mac Danzig, Paul Buentello, Urijah Faber, Joe Stevenson, Diego Sanchez, Thiago Alves, as well as legends like Don Frye, Shonie Carter, Dan Severn, and Vernon “Tiger” White.

Sustainability is the key factor in any production, King of the Cage continues to operate because of a multitude of key factors with one of the most important being its allegiance to the fighters and the fans.

King of the Cage is the founding father of not only a Sport, but a Lifestyle!

Genesis of King of the Cage:
In 1998 Trebilcock launched his promotion King of the Cage based out of Fontana, California with his first event on a Tennis court. Terry was given a written class/group project on entrepreneurship which unveiled a man, a vision, and an organization that would prove to be the next wave of sports entertainment that has become one of the leaders of the fastest growing industry in the world.

Terry Trebilcock graduated from Claremont High School in Southern California, and enrolled in Cal. State Fullerton, taking business classes. Throughout his life Terry has had his hand in different business ventures, but one particular opportunity caught his eye about 10 years ago, Mixed Martial Arts.

To get an understanding of what exactly was taking place inside the ring, Terry enrolled himself in a few different martial arts schools, as well as purchasing an instructional series by a MMA legend named Royce Gracie. Trebilcock continued to his own pursuit within the walls of many Inland Empire gyms to figure out how he could become bigger, faster, stronger and technically sound.

King of the Cage is a mixture of several different martial arts, which pits one person’s martial arts style versus another. It is a full contact sport, which has slowly but surely made its way to the mainstream public and most importantly into our living rooms everyday.

Current champions

  • Cruiserweight Champion (206 – 230 lb.): Vacant

Rankings as of MARCH 30, 2010

Super Heavyweight Class
 
(Unlimited)
Heavyweight Class
 
(Maximum 265)
Champion:
***NEIL COOKE
1 RON SPARKS
2 CHANCE WILLIAMS
3 JERRY VRBANOVIC
4 SAL FARNETTI
5 EDDIE MERDRANO
Champion:
***ANTHONY JOHNSON

1 NEIL COOKE
2 JON MURPHY
3 TYLER EAST
4 NICK GASTON
5 DAVE HUCKABA
6 BOBAN SIMIC
7 CAHD HERRICK
8 JASON LANE
9 LANCE FRIEDENSTEIN
10 JOEY BELTRAN

Cruiser Weight Class
(Maximum 230)
Light-Heavyweight Class
(186 lbs ­ 205 lbs)
Champion:
***VACANT
Champion:
***TONY LOPEZ 1 TONY BONELLO
2 MIKE KYLE
3 NATE CAREY
4 DAVE CRYER
5 TRAVIS GALBRAITH
6 KEITH BERRY
7 SEAN STRICKLAND
8 DAVID VESSUP
9 LUCAS TABER
10 WHISPER GOODMAN
Middleweight Class
(171 lbs ­ 185 lbs)
Welterweight Class
(161 lbs ­ 170 lbs)
Champion:
*** BRAD BURRICK
1 BRANDON HUNT
2 JAMIE JARA
3 BEN LAGMAN
4 ANGELO POPOFSKI
5 BUBBA MCDANIEL
6 SHUNGO OYAMA
7 HECTOR URBINA
8 FERNANDO GONZALES
9 WHISPER GOODMAN
Champion:
***QUINN MULHERN
1 RICK LEGERE
2 ANTHONY LAPSLEY
3 THOMAS KENNEY
4 MYLES JURY
5 THOMAS DENNY
6 TIM MEANS
7 LEVI STOUT
8 ALEX CISNE
9 JESUS MORLES
Junior Welterweight
(156-160 LBS)
Lightweight Class
(146 lbs ­ 155 lbs)
Champion:
***BOBBY GREEN
Champion:
***DAVID SHEPHERD
1 BOBBY GREEN
2 CLAY FRENCH
3 VICTOR VALENZUELA
4 KOTETSU BOKU
5 AARON WETHERSPOON
6 WAACHIIM SPIRITWOLF
7 CHARLES BENNETT
8 SCOTTIE MERRITT
9 VICTOR RODARTE
10 SEAN CANOVA
11 ERIC MOON
Bantamweight Class
(136-145 lbs)
Flyweight Class
(126 – 135 lbs)
Champion:
*** ANGELO SANCHEZ
Interm Champion:
***
DONALD SANCHEZ
1 VICTOR VALENZUELA
2 LAZAR STOJADINOVIC
3 TONY HERVEY
4 GREG DALTON
5 RICHARD MONTANO
6 JUNIOR KLING
7 MATT JAGGERS
8 DAVE RIVAS
9 GEORGIE KARAKHANYAN
10 COREY GRANT
Champion:
***ABEL CULLUM
1 JOE COCA
2 RYAN DIAZ
3 LAZAR STOJADINOVIC
4 RUEBIN DURAN
5 FRANK BACA
6 GREG GUZMAN
7 CHRIS CULLEY
8 ANTHONY GUERRA
9 ANTHONY SESSIONS
10 ERNIE CALMA
Junior Flyweight Class
(126 lbs and Under)
Champion: MAMORU YAMAGUCHI
1 JUSTIN ROBINS
2 FRANK BACA
3 DELHAWKINS
4 SHAWN RAMAGE
5 GREG GUZMAN
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