As i approach 40 i want to spend as much time doing what i love as possible. I was working hard to still love MMA and love doesn’t take work relationships take Work but love, love just is. – Matt Trukovich
Revalation Fight Organization promoter Matt Trukovich posted a video on his reasoning to close the doors of his promotion and although it’s hard to see it happen it’s easy to support Matt in his future plans. Fighting in Mansfield, OH was a destination for many up and coming fighters throughout the better part of a decade. Mansfield Mayhems, Big Guns and all the fighters on those cards had a home with Trukovich and his promotion. It served as a destination for fans to experience high quality MMA on a local level.
Trukovich was not just a promoter but a fighter and has talked about how his roots in being the athlete brought him to the art of promoting events. The struggles of a promoter are nearly invisible to the outsiders who just show up and watch. Mounting challenges and a change of direction seem to have persuaded Matt to leave the business.
I attended my first RFO event during the summer of 2016. It’s a story I tell often as I was recovering from having a wisdom tooth extracted the day before. I had committed to going to the event and I had a good reason to bail but I made the 6 hour trip alongside David McKinney to the Summit County Fairgrounds. It was an awesome event with some great fights. I often forget about the actual fights but always leave with memories of the moments. It was the first time meeting Matt and he was just as I suspected. He loved the RFO and the fighters, he welcomed us and made me a bigger fan than I already was.
Only fitting to send Matt and his company off with basically a clean sweep of the 2017 BluegrassMMA Awards. Matt was the promoter of the year, his ring announcer Jake took home that honor and Scott Corbin was recognized for his work as the matchmaker.
Good luck Matt in whatever comes next!