The Guy Behind The Guy – Malki Kawa

December 13, 2011
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Malki Kawa

In the world of MMA, there are a million different moving pieces that make a fight happen. The fighters, the promoters, the trainers and coaches, and of course there is the ever important role of the manager in mixed martial arts.

These are the men and women that help get the deals done, the bout agreements signed, the sponsorship packages in place, and the people behind the scenes that help manage a fighter’s career to take them to that next level.

These are the stories that a new video series on investigates. Who are these people? Where did they come from and how did they get their start in MMA?

Created and directed by’s lead writer Damon Martin, The Guy Behind the Guy focuses on the managers in the MMA world who make those deals and land those sponsorships and tell their story.

For the first installment, goes one-on-one with one of the most popular and talked about managers in the sport, First Round Management leader Malki Kawa.

Kawa works with fighters like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, Carlos Condit, Benson Henderson, and Thiago Alves. Often controversial, never soft spoken, Kawa opens up about how he got involved in MMA, and what the biggest misconception about him is.

This is The Guy Behind the Guy – Malki Kawa

  • I’ll keep my remarks civil and just say I don’t care for the guy. Pavia 2.0 in my opinion.

  • sb

    Short-Bus I hear ya and don’t know exactly what your basis is for your beliefs but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. However, I must say that it takes a shark to deal with the various organizations and people cutting the deals. Often those sharks have to have sharp ass teeth to cut through all the (bs). Sometimes there are unintended consequences. Now if this guy is stealing then that’s another thing but if that’s true then how does he maintain such a robust roster of fighters?

    btw Damon nice piece. I like the approach at depth into the biz.

    Do you have any proof of the sort? I’m not calling (bs) on you, just curious.