There have only been two occasions in’s short history where I’ve been overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment. The first came when I launched the website on April 8,  2008 after spending months building it without having any clue about what I was doing. The second came today when I hired our first paid staff member. Make no mistake, this is a major milestone in our short existence, but we’re only getting started.

I want to thank each and every one of you who expressed interest and applied for the job, but in the end, one candidate stood out above the rest. I am very excited to announce that veteran MMA journalist Jim Genia has joined as its first assistant editor.

If you’re not familiar with Jim, he has been covering the sport of MMA since 2001. He has been an editor for Full Contact Fighter Magazine for nearly 8 years and written numerous pieces for several MMA websites including MMA Weekly, CagePotato and MMA Memories. Jim also runs a blog called MMA Journalist where he covers the Northeast MMA scene in the TriState area. In fact, Jim has a book coming out in October called “Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts,” which details New York City’s underground fight scene. As such, Jim is one of the MMA community’s top resources for accurate information and analysis on the ongoing fight to legalize MMA in the Empire State.

The rest of Jim’s resume is too long to list here, but I will say that I have been a big fan of Jim’s work for years and it’s a tremendous honor to have him on the team. He brings a high level of writing talent and journalistic experience to the website that I’ve been unable to give it on my own. To be honest, he’s probably going to make me look bad, but that’s perfectly fine with me. Talent like his is what this site needs to grow, and I’m confident he’s going to make a positive impact here and expand upon the coverage you’ve come to expect from this site.

You have all offered me tremendous support over the years, which has been humbling to say the least. I hope you all extend Jim your support as well and welcome him into our community.

Once again, I want to offer my gratitude to everyone who applied for the position. What I found is there are several of you with tremendous writing talent but don’t have any actual experience writing about MMA. I want to give you all the opportunity to get that experience with some sort of voluntary reader’s section where you’ll be able to post stories outside of our official post stream, but I have to figure out how to do it technologically. It’s something I’m looking into, but I’m not sure how and when I’ll be able to implement it. It is however high on my list of priorities. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks again and welcome Jim!