DES MOINES — After his grand entrance in 2014 into the multi-billion-dollar UFC, Jefferson’s Johnny “Hollywood” Case told The Jefferson Herald he might like to, you know, buy a few rental properties around town.
He explained his financial situation to the newspaper in early 2015:
“I haven’t gone out and bought any hookers or cocaine,” he said. “It’s just a little less stressful.”
On Friday, the 2007 graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School dropped word via social media that the fixer-uppers around town can apparently wait — he’s now got his own MMA organization to run.
Case is the new owner of the Midwest Cage Championship after purchasing the Des Moines-based mixed-martial arts promotion company.
The homegrown cage fighter, who’s 4-0 in the popular UFC, is himself an alum of the MCC and its former lightweight champion.
“Throughout the years,” Case said in a statement on the MCC website, “one of my goals has always been to bring my knowledge and success back to Iowa where it all started, by giving the fighters a better platform and the fans a better product.
“The biggest problem with Iowa MMA is all of the shady promoters that scam and abuse the fighters and fans. We have thrown out the trash and will continue to clean all of the MMA problems up quick. With my understanding as a fighter, fan and businessman, I’m going to revamp the whole model and take MCC to a much higher level.”
MCC has been a leading MMA promotion company in the Midwest since its debut in 2006 at the Iowa Events Center.
It features both professional and amateur fights.
Outside of the UFC, Case entered into a partnership last year with Fox Sports, with plans for “The Johnny Hollywood Show” to be released soon on the MCC site.
Case’s next bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set for March 19 in Brisbane, Australia.
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