Czech organisation the XFN is undoubtedly one of the drivers of the Czech-Slovak martial arts scene. Thanks to the XFN, public awareness of MMA, kickboxing and other disciplines has been increased. In its background stands the tough promoter Petr Kareš, who is responsible for the successful rise of this brand. What are Kareš´s ambitions in this project? What are they going to surprise us with next year? How has this job changed his life? Are we going to see him again standing in the ring?
I missed a professional sports organisation for MMA. A group of people who professionally engage in and do this sport for a living, and that is the XFN today.
The number of event team members varies depending on the event size. For example, in the O2 arena it exceeds 200. At the average evenings, there are around 100 people working on it. The core XFN team consists of 10 members.
So far yes, no one believed in us, but we did it and it was a big thing for the whole Czech-Slovak MMA scene.
I was not nervous, I believed our XFN team as well as myself. My job is to keep things during the event under control, or at least to look like that. : -)
In 2018 we want to become number one also in the Slovak MMA and to enter Germany and Poland.
Certainly yes! Slovakia is a bit further in MMA than the Czech Republic. It is already a well-known sport, particularly thanks to the reality show Oktagon. It is a little more complex market than the Czech one – yes, it is a new challenge.
I would be satisfied if the XFN became the central-european entrance gateway to the UFC. So that the XFN champions have the open door to the UFC without having to do anything else.
I do not perceive it as a competition. Oktagon interferes with a different segment of spectators than the XFN. The finale of the Oktagon challenge would be the match on the prelims in the XFN. It is not an expression of disrespect, it is a reality today.
The XFN is a company, which brings its responsibilities. We take these responsibilities very seriously and every XFN fighter will confirm how tiresome in enforcing all the medical, accounting and sport documents we are.
We have been building the XFN for three years, but we have been collecting the know-how to do that for 10 years.
The XFN consists of both current and former fighters. We know the environment of this sport well and we know there is no reason to be prudent, but rather to show the fighters that we have a real interest in them based on mutually beneficial cooperation. We want our fighters to feel good not only in the fight, but for the whole time of our cooperation. The fighters are our stars and we want to behave to them accordingly and I believe that we do. If you want to know the XFN or any other MMA organisation, always ask the fighters first.
Choosing a venue is very important, we are still learning this art, and while we are often the first to organize such event at the particular place, we always try to judge the venue very carefully.
Certainly yes. I think it is the basis of every success. In my life there are times, when I must work very long and hard, but there are also days, that I only devote to myself and to my loved ones.
I still fight, so I predominantly train and prepare for the fights. Apart from that, to my free time interests belong food, vine and travelling.
This is a question rather for my close ones, but from what I have noticed, most of them understand that work is an important part of my life and they give me space. I´ve got this great luck to be able to do what I enjoy for a living. Martial arts are my life. I have worked in both amateur and professional sports, I fight, I have trained, coached and at the very beginning I was only good for carrying towels and being a nourishment for the more experienced fighters at the trainings. I have evolved and got far in the combat sports – that must affect you.
Petr Kareš hasn´t left the ring yet. : -) Last year I qualified for the World Games and this year I have already made one match. I enjoy fighting very much and I would like to continue.
Yes, there has already been a great interest in this match from the general public today. I believe that the XFN can use this interest for every Czech-Slovak fighter, so that this sport will belong to the most watched ones in our countries in the future.
The XFN is primarily a sports organisation, but it is also an organisation, which promoted a small and publicly not very well-known sport when it started. However, the time changes and we change with it, at the same time I think that famous personalities fights belong to that business and will belong to it further. Yes, we are going to take this direction too.
Thank you! And yes, I would like to. What happens when you miss an empty goal? When you don´t hit the basket or when you run to the final line as the last one? And what happens when a fighter makes a similar mistake in the ring or in the octagon? Martial arts as well as the fighters are exceptional. Keep watching and supporting them, because they deserve your support for their courage more than any other sportsmen.
Source of the photos: Facebook Petr Kareš, CzechFighters.cz, Lenka Bartáková, archive of Patrik Kincl, XFN
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