WFC hires Luchau as matchmaker, excited for promising 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – West Coast Fighting Championship closed out 2014 with a bang with an 11-bout card at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento and now shook up the mixed martial arts landscape on the West Coast entering 2015 with the hiring of matchmaker Jeremy Luchau.
An award-winning matchmaker and long-time staple on the West Coast fight scene, Luchau takes over matchmaking duties for WFC starting with the February 28th return to McClellan Conference Center.
“Jeremy has been in the game awhile and I feel his expertise can bring us to the next level,” WFC President Branden Ware said. “We always strive to get our guys to the next level and we feel Jeremy will help us with that too. We want to create more Andre Fili’s.”
WFC has produced 12 events since January of 2012 and produced some young rising stars like Fili and Max Griffin.
“My goal is to come in and help build on what Branden and their staff have already created,” said Luchau, who started his career in the MMA community in May of 2006 covering a World Extreme Cagefighting event at Tachi Palace. He later worked under Christian Printup at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino and assisted with Palace Fighting Championship before ultimately helping create current California favorite Tachi Palace Fights.
“I’m certainly not scared to get my hands dirty. I’ve done just about every type of job within the industry since my start in 2006 and I feel my strengths during that time have been matching fights.”
Luchau guided the first 12 Tachi Palace Fights events before parting ways with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino and creating 559 Fights, which has become one of the premiere amateur MMA events on the West Coast.
“559 Fights was something I had intended to create to develop talents for Tachi Palace Fights. It’s grown into something much bigger than that, but I believe we are still accomplishing our initial goals of preparing fighters for the pro circuit,” Luchau said.
Luchau has also been working with Jason House at Iridium Sports Agency as the Director of Fighter Development since 2012, helping the up-start agency become one of the fastest growing in the country.
“Working in all these different climates within the MMA industry has helped me to develop a strong phone book, and what I mean by that is at some point in this business you’re value is really based on a couple of things, who you know and your word,” Luchau said. “I feel like I’ve developed a pretty decent reach and have a lot of great people to work with when it comes to management, fighters and fellow promoters. And I really pride myself on being honest and loyal.”
No immediate or significant changes have been made to WFC other than the hiring and Ware and Luchau are tight lipped about what the future might hold.
“Branden and I have talked about several different ideas for the future and different directions we can steer this thing, but ultimately Branden’s vision is for WFC to be another launch pad for fighters to get to the next level,” Luchau said. “That’s something that I really believe in. Our discussions have been about this being a fighter’s first promotion and developing talent for the big boys. I think a lot of people are going to be very happy with the work we are doing behind the scenes right now.”
WFC plans on five to six events in the Sacramento market in 2015.