Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champ David Haye has joined the BAMMA team as the promotion revealed today. Below is the press release;
BAMMA, leaders in MMA sports entertainment and the home of European MMA, is proud to announce former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion David “Hayemaker” Haye as the newest addition to the BAMMA presenting team.
Joining the team on a long term basis, Haye’s first action will be for the live broadcast of BAMMA 20 – airing on Spike TV and across the globe on Saturday April 25th. No stranger to the big fight nights, Haye will help guide viewers through all the adrenaline fuelled action at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, as BAMMA delivers one of its biggest and best events to date.
The former world Heavyweight champion, who has fought some of the world’s best boxers including Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev & Dereck Chisora, will bring his own unique insight and perspective on the sport of MMA to BAMMA fans worldwide.
BAMMA CEO David Green said:
“We’re delighted to have ‘The Hayemaker’ on board. He is one of the biggest and best known names in the combat sport world, and having David as part of the team guarantees even more entertainment and excitement for BAMMA fans.”
Talking of his crossover into MMA, Haye had the following to say:
“I’ve been a fan of Martial Arts since I could walk, as my father was a Karate instructor. I’ve followed the growth of MMA since Royce Gracie broke into the scene. It’s a pleasure to be part of the growth of BAMMA and MMA, as it’s a fantastic sport. I hope my years of fight experience at the highest level translates into solid commentary for these amazing MMA events.”
Alan’s Angle: This reminds me of GLORY signing Bill Goldberg. Fantastic move by BAMMA. The promotion is obviously moving in the right direction.
MMA promotion’s in general need star power on screen as well as in the cage and a familiar face like David Haye is surely a positive thing. When they air on the new Spike UK channel which can been seen by millions across the UK it is a major tool in helping the promotion grow when the audience will be greeted by someone they know like David Haye. He will usher any new fans or those curious of seeing what they are all about when they tune in this weekend.