The retirement of longtime UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was made official by the UFC on Tuesday and the promotion also announced that Legacy Fights promoter Mick Maynard will be joining the UFC as Vice President of Talent Relations.
The official announcement of Silva retiring and Maynard being hired was announced by the UFC in a press release today. Also, the UFC announced that Sean Shelby has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Talent Relations.
“Joe Silva’s contributions to the UFC over the last 20 years were huge, and he played a big role in helping make the sport as big as it is today,” UFC President Dana White said. “He left his mark on this sport and I wish him nothing but success in retirement. I’m excited to have Mick on board working alongside Sean. Mick has become one of the most respected people in the fight game and he’s done a great job in finding and developing talent. Sean has been a tremendous asset to the UFC for a long time, and I look forward to working with Sean and Mick in the years to come.”
Maynard has been promoting mixed martial arts fights since 2006 and several notable fighters have come to the UFC through Legacy Fights including former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and former flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to delivering the action-packed, exciting fights that UFC fans have come to expect,” Maynard said.