BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series founder and President Mike Vazquez announced today that Gregory Bloom has been appointed CEO of the groundbreaking bare knuckle boxing organization. Bloom will take over day-to-day operations and duties from Vazquez, and focus on major growth and partnerships already slated for BYB in 2023. The move does not diminish Vazquez’s role in the organization, but rather will enable him to focus on big picture issues and opportunities moving forward.
Bloom is a partner at the sports and entertainment law firm of ChaseLawyers and has almost twenty years experience in the world of combat sports. During that time period, he has represented multiple Olympic medalists, top-ranked fighters and world-champions in both boxing and MMA, and has helped them negotiate lucrative agreements with entities such as UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, Top Rank, Matchroom, PBC and Probellum.
He most recently worked for nine years as general counsel for world- renowned MMA organization Combate Global, and played a critical role in their securing of major media deals with internationally recognized television and streaming platforms such as ESPN, Univision, Telemundo, Televisa, NBC Sports and Eurosport. Additionally, Bloom has also worked as a licensed promoter for the past six years, and he has successfully promoted over seventy live events throughout the world.
Says Vazquez, “I have known Greg for several years and he was an integral part of BYB’s successful 2022 calendar year, including advising the company on its market expansion, global partnerships, and broadcast opportunities. As we approach 2023, those successes have greatly accelerated, and we need someone with Greg’s character, experience and expertise to help us navigate.”
Says Bloom, “My immediate goal is to make BYB the number one sports property in the bare knuckle space. What Mike, Dada [co-founder Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris] and the rest of the team have built to date, through multiple shows and months of hard work and dedication is an amazing testament to their ambition and vision, and they’ve done so while striving to put their fans and fighters first. I’m here to build on that foundation, and to turn BYB into the premier bare knuckle company in what will become the next globally recognized, billion dollar sport.”
Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, BYB has put together the top competition in the growing sport of bare knuckle as well as a support team consisting of some of the biggest and most respected names in combat sports, including Nelson Sweglar – Executive Producer WWF/WrestleMania; Al Bernstein – SHOWTIME Boxing; Mike Goldberg – UFC / Bellator; Paulie Malignaggi – 2x World Champion & SHOWTIME Boxing; Claudia Trejos – ESPN, DAZN; Benny Ricardo – CBS Sports; and Dave Ryan - ESPN.
BYB 12: London Brawl was held October 16 at The Indigo at the O2 in London. BYB 13 will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Tickets for both are now available at bybtickets.com.