Miguel Iturrate has been involved in MMA since 1997, and he has been a follower of the sport for much longer. He has served primarily as a matchmaker, licensed in New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Vancouver BC, and California. Iturrate has matchmade for global events in Asia, Europe, South America, North America and the Middle East. He has also contributed to the growth of MMA by serving as a counselor to the competitors. Many of the top MMA athletes in the world today have expressed thanks to him for guidance provided early in their careers. Iturrate has been a Matchmaker for over 100 Mixed Martial Arts events including Euphoria, MFC, FightForce, AFC (Florida), HOOKnSHOOT and BodogFIGHT. Miguel’s Highlights:
- Matchmaker for HOOKnSHOOT since August of 1998.
- Matchmaker for the first-ever MMA card at the Playboy Mansion under Bodogfight/Strikeforce co-promotion (9/29/2007).
- First American matchmaker to produce events in Japan in Corroboration with MARS.
- Former Judge and Organizer for the ADCC Submission Grappling World Championships (2000-2007).
- Matchmaker (along with Jeff Osborne) for the first ever all women’s MMA show in North America (4/12/2002 HOOKnSHOOT Revolution).
- Matchmaker for 12 fights a day, 3 days in row – 36 MMA fights in 3 days with BodogFIGHT (2/16, 2/17/ 2/18/2007).
- Matchmaker on over 70 TV shows aired on INFINITY TV under BodogFIGHT promotion.
- Matchmaker for Fedor Emelianenko versus Matt Lindland, an event attended by Silvio Berlusconi and Vladimir Putin (4/14/2007).