By Ross Patterson
This is a huge step forward for Central European mixed martial arts. Cage Fight Series (CFS) was founded in 2007 by the Ettl brothers – Michael and Gerhard – and has since gone on to become one of the biggest MMA events in Central Europe. Based in Austria, the competition features professional athletes, while also giving amateurs an opportunity to compete in the prelims.
The Ettl brothers said: “It is a great honour for CFS to partner with UFC Fight Pass. Cage Fight Series has been developing young, local talent since its inception in 2007 and now it crowns its tenth edition with a partnership that will bring global exposure to our athletes.”
Vice President and General Manager of UFC Fight Pass, Crowley Sullivan said: “We’re thrilled to add the Cage Fight Series to UFC Fight Pass… Cage Fight Series is our latest addition to showcase up-and-coming talent from Central Europe.”
Gerhard and Michael Ettl have played an intrinsic role in developing MMA in Central Europe. The brothers founded the Austrian Mixed Martial Arts Federation, entering a team to the very first IMMAF World Championships in 2014. The Austrian team has become a powerful force in IMMAF, competing consistently since 2014, picking up multiple medals along the way. Michael and Gerhard continue to serve as head coaches.
The exciting new partnership with Cage Fight Series and UFC Fight Pass is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the high level of MMA talent in Central Europe and to grow the sport even further in the region.