– From Mike Garrow, President of The Fight Netowrk
An Open Letter To All Fans Of MMA Weekly
Dear Fans of MMA Weekly,
It has been almost two months since the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Ryan Bennett.
As many of you may know, The Fight Network acquired the MMA Weekly website this past April, both Ryan and Scott were very excited about the opportunities that this would present, as we discussed many plans to build out the MMA Weekly brand and other ways that the talented people who worked on the site could also play complementary roles to The Fight Network television, radio and mobile services.
Ryan for example, as many of you Canadian fans saw, was taking a strong role with the network on air, voicing over many events for us such as K-1, SuperLeague, Jungle Fights and some boxing shows as well. In addition, Ryan was hosting the Fight Network Pre and Post Fight news coverage for many of the major PPV events such as the UFC shows, Rumble on the Rock, K-1 and several major boxing events such as the De La Hoya / Mayorga fight to name but a few.
Frank Trigg who co-hosted the radio show with Ryan came up to Canada a number of times joining Ryan in providing color voice over for Jungle Fights and other MMA events that we aired, the chemistry between the two really made for some special work…
Scott continues to provide outstand photos and video coverage from around the world that was being used not only on MMA Weekly, but also being used in news pieces on the network.
All the key writers such as Ivan, Jeff, Mick, Damon and Ken continued to contribute to the website with passion and the utmost professionalism making us realize we truly had found some great people to join our organization.
When May 31st hit and the tragedy of Ryan and his family unfolded we where all left with a tremendous loss, of a family man, a friend, and a unique talent in Ryan that no organization could simply replace in a day… or frankly ever… yet life does have to move on which is why I am writing this open letter to you the fans of the MMA Weekly site now, to thank you for your support during this trying time and to let you all know that after speaking with Ryan’s family, friends and colleagues, The Fight Network remains committed to the continued growth of the MMA Weekly brand as a tribute to Ryan and the legacy he has left on this sport.
In the coming months fans will begin to see a number of exciting initiatives being implemented on the site, one of which will be the re-launch of a “new format” radio show that will once again feature Frank Trigg, who has pledged his commitment to this project along with a co-host that we are looking to secure in the coming weeks. MMA Weekly will also be featuring all new video content and other interactive fan features that will get you “plugged in” with all the fighters who take to the rings and cages around the world each week.
MMA Weekly will also continue with its commitment to the fans in being the number one site on the World Wide Web for Mixed Martial Arts breaking news and information weekly, daily and hourly.
I would also like to now take this time thank a number of the promotions that MMA Weekly covers: Pride FC, UFC, K-1, Rumble on the Rock, Strike Force, the IFL and King of The Cage, for their kind words and support to Ryan and his family over the last few months. I would also like to give a special thanks to Reed Harris and Scott Adams from the WEC who are putting on a tribute show to Ryan on July 28th in Lemoore, CA; I hope to see many of you there to support this great cause for someone who gave so much to the sport of mixed martial arts.
I would also like to give a warm thanks to the other websites out there – sherdog.com, mma.tv, maxfighting.com and fcfighter.com, to name a few – who offered their kind words and support during the last few months, to Warrior Wear for creating the tribute shirt to Ryan, to Randy Harris for setting up the eBay auction and to all the fighters who have and continue to donate one of a kind items for this cause.
In closing, I would just like to say the same thing that many other people have already said, but I will say it again because it can never be said enough; Ryan truly was a special person, loved and respected by many. He will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on, not only through this site MMA Weekly and The Fight Network, but more importantly though all the people he touched while with us.
Mike R. Garrow
The Fight Network Inc.