King of the Cage
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|Industry||Mixed martial arts promotion|
KOTC was founded in 1998 by Terry Trebilcock. KOTC features mostly amateur as well as up and coming MMA stars and former mainstream combat fighters.
KOTC has promoted a majority of its events at Native American casinos throughout the United States. KOTC also promotes events in Canada, Australia & Japan. King of The Cage events are also broadcast on most national pay-per-view platforms. The Cage Announcer for KOTC is Dean Stone.
In September 2007, Trebilcock sold KOTC to ProElite. Two years later, in July 2009, he reacquired 100% ownership of KOTC and simultaneously entered into a joint venture agreement with Mark Burnett Productions ("Survivor", "Apprentice", "Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Contender") to begin the development of a reality television program. Bully Beatdown, a Burnett produced program, aired three seasons on MTV and featured several KOTC competitors.
On January 30, 2010, it was announced that KOTC would begin airing monthly shows on Mark Cuban's HDNet channel. The initial deal was for 36 events to air. The announcers included Michael Schiavello, Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Maria Kanellis. The most recent event on HDNet aired on September 17, 2010 with No Mercy. There has been no further news regarding King of the Cage events on the channel. Only 6 events aired from February 2010 to September 2010.
In November 2012, MAVTV struck a 5-year deal with King of the Cage.
On July 2, 2019 it was reported that the King of the Cage president, Terry Trebilcock, refused to release Drako Rodriguez who was offered to replaced Sean O'Malley for the bout against Marlon Vera at UFC 239.
The weight division system of KOTC is in accordance with the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, but KOTC names its 185-pound division Light Middleweight (instead of Middleweight), its 145-pound division Bantamweight (instead of Featherweight), its 135-pound division Flyweight (instead of Bantamweight) and its 125-pound division Light Flyweight (instead of Flyweight). The only three weight classes not in accordance with the Unified Rules are a 165-pound division (Light Welterweight), a 195-pound division (Middleweight), and a 230-pound division (Cruiserweight).
|Division||Upper weight limit||Champion||Nationality|
|Super Heavyweight||No limit||Ronny Markes||Brazil|
|Heavyweight||265 lb (120.2 kg; 18.9 st)||Tony Lopez||United States|
|Cruiserweight||230 lb (104.3 kg; 16.4 st)||Tomar Washington||United States|
|Light Heavyweight||205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st)||Jason Butcher||United States|
|Middleweight||195 lb (88.5 kg; 13.9 st)||Erik Herbert||United States|
|Light Middleweight||185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st)||Matt Lagler||United States|
|Welterweight||175 lb (79.4 kg; 12.5 st)||Vacant|
|Light Welterweight||165 lb (74.8 kg; 11.8 st)||Richie Palomino||United States|
|Lightweight||155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1 st)||Blaze Gill||United States|
|Bantamweight||145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4 st)||Aaron Williams||United States|
|Flyweight||135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)||Johnny Munoz||United States|
|Light Flyweight||125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st)||Chris Quiroga||United States|
|Women's Flyweight||135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)||Shanna Young||United States|
|Pam Sorenson (interim)||United States|
|Women's Light Flyweight||125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st)||Glena Avila||United States|
|Women's Strawweight||115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2 st)||Cynthia Arceo||United States|
|Women's Atomweight||105 lb (47.6 kg; 7.5 st)||Jayme Hinshaw||United States|
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- "HDNet to air live monthly King of the Cage events starting next month". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
- Martin, Damon (2019-07-02). "Manager rips regional promotion for not allowing fighter out of contract to fight in the UFC". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-07-03.