With over 2000 articles published and an uncountable amount of words written, the site has served its purpose and, as they say, all good things must come to an end.
In July 2011, Fight Cove co-founder Jon Gerow and myself came up with an idea to create a mixed martial arts website. We came up with a vague outline and approached fellow co-founder Erik Jackson to see if he was interested in helping out. The three of us spent hours brainstorming how we could make the site great, writing down all of our ideas on a wooden board, which we signed to make things official.
In just a few short months of work and with the help out our good friend and website designer Owen Hope, Fight Cove was transformed from a basic Word Press site into something unique we could call our own.
As each day and month passed by, Fight Cove grew a little bit more. More visitors would come to the site, Twitter followers would increase and, to be honest, the site surpassed my personal expectations in every way possible.
In a little over one-year with Fight Cove; I wrote over 1500 articles, conducted numerous interviews, attended two major UFC events as media, made tons of new friends and opened doors for myself that I didn’t even know existed.
This is all because of Fight Cove.
However, taking all the credit for Fight Cove’s success would be unfair and undeserved.
While you may not often see their names next to “written by” on Fight Cove’s articles — Jon and Erik (co-founders) and Patrick Weafer (editor) were equally instrumental in the success of the website as myself.
For me, the goal of Fight Cove was never to make money or compete with other major MMA/sports sites; it was to have a platform to present my work as often and freely as I desired. From that, I hoped my work would garner enough attention that I could move to a bigger platform where I could benefit financially as well as present my work to a larger audience.
The result I was hoping for is exactly how it panned out as I was hired to MMAmania.com earlier this month, a website that is part of the SB Nation network.
At the end of the day, as much as Fight Cove will always have a place in my heart, my dream is to be a sports journalist, not operate a website. There’s only so much I can focus on at once and by moving on from Fight Cove I have more opportunity to work on my writing opposed to concerning myself with the day-to-day responsibilities of this site.
In closing, I want to thank everyone who has supported my work here on any scale. Every read and bit of positive or negative feedback means a lot to me and I take those words to heart.
I hope you will continue to follow my work to MMAmania.com and where ever else this great journey of covering mixed martial arts takes me in the future.
Thanks against to everyone — my family, friends and especially Jon, Erik and Patrick for being so supportive and helpful with this move. Also, I must thank MMA Mania Editor-in-Chief Thomas Myers for giving me the opportunity to further my career.
Feel free to leave a comment below. Every bit of feedback is welcomed.
Mike Bohn Founder and Lead Writer – FightCove.com