King of the Cage
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|Industry||Mixed martial arts promotion|
|Headquarters||Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States|
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 to avoid proper sanctioning and drug testing. KOTC also promotes events in Canada, Australia & Japan. King of The Cage events are also broadcast on most national pay-per-view platforms.
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.
The weight division system of KOTC is in accordance with the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, but KOTC names its 145-pound division Bantamweight (instead of Featherweight), its 135-pound division Flyweight (instead of Bantamweight) and its 125-pound division Junior Flyweight (instead of Flyweight). The only two weight classes not in accordance with the Unified Rules are a 160-pound Junior Welterweight division and a 230-pound Cruiserweight division.
|Division||Upper weight limit||Champion||Nationality|
|Super Heavyweight||No limit||Tony Lopez||United States|
|Heavyweight||265 lb (120.2 kg; 18.9 st)||Tony Lopez||United States|
|Cruiserweight||230 lb (104.3 kg; 16.4 st)||Wes Combs||Australia|
|Light Heavyweight||205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st)||Tony Lopez||United States|
|Middleweight||185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st)||Sidiah Parker||United States|
|Welterweight||170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st)||Ben Egli||United States|
|Jr. Welterweight||160 lb (72.6 kg; 11.4 st)||Ryan Fillingame||United States|
|Lightweight||155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1 st)||Juan Archuleta||United States|
|Bantamweight||145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4 st)||Juan Archuleta||United States|
|Flyweight||135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)||Derrick Mandell||United States|
|Jr. Flyweight||125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st)||Tim Sosa||United States|
|Women's Bantamweight||135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)||Shanna Young||United States|
|Women's Interim Bantamweight||135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)||Pam Sorenson||United States|
|Women's Flyweight||125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st)||Nicco Montano||United States|
|Women's Strawweight||115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2 st)||Danielle Taylor||United States|
|Women's Atomweight||105 lb (47.6 kg; 7.5 st)||Andy Nguyen||United States|
- "HDNet to air live monthly King of the Cage events starting next month". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved January 30, 2010.